The horn sounded inside the United Center and the Chicago Blackhawks thought they had a 2-0 lead over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 on Sunday afternoon. After the play went under review, they learned otherwise.
Jonathan Toews drove to the net and the puck made its way past Jonathan Quick, but officials in Toronto disallowed the goal due to incidental contact by Toews on Quick.
The Blackhawks — and more noticeably head coach Joel Quenneville — were far from happy with the call. But the Kings, on the other hand, were given a break; a break they quickly used to their advantage.
"It's a momentum swing," Mike Richards said. "Not sure about the call, but it was fortunate for us and we got one."
Shortly after the call was made, Tyler Toffoli tied things up. The Kings were starting to play a stronger game in the second period after getting off to a slow start throughout the first few minutes of the game, and that disallowed goal gave them an extra push.
It wasn't enough of a push, however, as they went on to suffer a 3-1 loss to the Blackhawks.
"We created momentum and then Keith got that lucky bounce (to regain the lead)," Richards continued. "But have to give them credit, they capitalized on their chances and we didn't."
The Kings said their key to Game 2 will be to regroup and bear down before once again facing the team that ended their postseason last year. They didn't take advantage of all the opportunities they were given on Sunday, and they said that needs to change.
"They have a good team over there. Right down the lineup, they're pretty solid," Anze Kopitar said. "We're going to have to do a better job of checking, of not giving up timely goals and score a few more ourselves."