Going into tonight’s game two with the Kings, the Blackhawks were 10-1-1 in the second game of back-to-backs this season. Make it 11-1-1 on the season.
The only news of the pregame was the late scratch of the Kings’ Mike Richards who was hit late in game one by Bolland. He took warmups after Sutter said he was “fine” but then was scratched at the last minute. I know these guys don’t want to miss playoff games but I just don’t understand the thought process in him even being on the ice if there was a question of symptoms from the hit.
The Blackhawks came out flying again but the difference tonight – it took them less than two minutes to beat Quick. The Hawks kept the puck in the zone and then Viktor Stalberg pulled off a beautiful spinorama pass in the slot to a wide open Andrew Shaw who buried it to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead at the 1:56 mark.