Hawks-Kings Game 2
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Not even two minutes went by before Chelsea Dagger rang throughout the United Center.
The Kings came into Game 2 of the Western Conference finals with the hopes of tying the series against the Blackhawks before heading back to Los Angeles. But an early goal from Andrew Shaw marked the beginning of a Blackhawks performance the Kings just couldn't match.
"Obviously it's not how you want to start the game," Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick said following his team's 4-2 loss. "We've experienced that a few times on the road when we've given up goals early, so we're trying to get that out of the game. I thought we outplayed them for the most part in the first period, but the score didn't indicate that."
[HIGHLIGHTS: Blackhawks strike quick, take 2-0 series lead]
By the end of the first period, the Blackhawks had a 2-0 lead over their opponent, but the Kings managed to out-shoot the home team, 13-9. It was a drastic change from Game 1, when the Kings obtained a 1-0 lead by the end of 20 minutes despite getting only two shots on goal. But like Saturday's matchup, the goals kept coming for Chicago.
As a result, the Kings failed to get a second win on the road this postseason.
"Tonight was a little out of our reach, giving up four goals," Quick said. "But I think if you look back, five or six losses before that they're all 2-1 games. We haven't been finding a way. We need to find a way. They did their job at home, now we have to go home and do our job.
"I haven't done my job on the road."
After allowing four goals, Quick was pulled from the ice and backup netminder Jonathan Bernier went in to take his place. But the Kings had nothing bad to say about their starting goaltender's performance on Sunday.
"Quick's given us a chance to win almost every single game he's played in since I've been in Los Angeles," Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi said. "Nobody thinks any less of him. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it's not your night and as a goalie it's a little more obvious. I don't think that was the case in this regard, we gave them too many scoring chances and they capitalized. You can't give up those opportunities and expect your goaltender to bail you out every single time.
"He's our starting goaltender. We're very confident in Bernier too, but I think there's no doubt who's our starter."
The players inside the visiting locker room immediately jumped to Quick's defense, and forward Dustin Penner said the Kings are feeling the blame for the tough evening No. 32 faced.
"It wasn't Quick's fault, that's for sure. He's the main reason we're here. We felt bad as a team, that was on us that Quick got pulled. It had nothing to do with him," Penner said.
The Kings have won just a single game on the road this postseason, but now they're headed to the Staples Center where they are undefeated in the playoffs. Sunday's loss was a tough pill to swallow, but the Kings are ready to put it behind them as they continue their series against the Blackhawks.
"We're gonna be frustrated for maybe another five, 10 minutes. Maybe again tomorrow when we go over the video," Penner said. "But as a team we're able to bounce back. If we weren't able to, we wouldn't be in this position. We've done it before against St. Louis. We're gonna start getting excited tomorrow and leading up to the game in LA because we've been good at home."