Chicago left wing Bryan Bickell has the best shot at a goal in front clogging the crease just seconds before the goal.

Moments later, Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa has a breakaway chance pushed away by Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick to keep the score at 2-1.

With 16:23 left in the second period, Chicago right wing Andrew Shaw shoulders Kings center Mike Richards into the boards.

The hit drew a raucous response from the United Center crowd, as well as Kings left wing Kyle Clifford, who went after Shaw for the blow.

The Kings have outhit the Blackhawks 27-17 so far.

First period (Blackhawks 2, Kings 0)

Based on the feel of the first period between the Kings and Blackhawks, Los Angeles is lucky to be down only 2-0.

The Hawks outshot the Kings, 10-4, forcing goaltender Jonathan Quick to make eight saves.

Quick let two goals through within the first six minutes of the game on the just five shots.

One came on a deep blast from Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith that slipped between Quick’s pads when it seemed to be an easy save.

The other arrived only 2:17 later on a miscommunication between Quick and his defenders.

The 2012 Conn Smythe Trophy winner has had his share of miscues in what has otherwise been a stellar postseason, not looking himself throughout the Chicago series, starting with a Game 2 benching after giving up four goals.

Winger Justin Williams leads the Kings with two shots on goal while center Anze Kopitar, defenseman Drew Doughty and winger Dustin Brown remain point-less in the series.


Trailing 2-0, the Kings respond with three consecutive shots on goal.

The Kings log their first shot on goal of the game off a deep shot from the slot by forward Jeff Carter with 9:18 left in the period.

With 7:25 left, Kings left wing Dwight King and center Anze Kopitar each barely miss off a rebound chance from a Justin Williams wrist shot that would have cut the lead in half.

Despite two mistakes that land mostly on his shoulders, goaltender Jonathan Quick seems to have gotten past the two early goals.

Quick makes a solid save on a near-breakaway chance from Blackhawks left wing Viktor Stalberg, who beat defenseman Robyn Regehr down the end boards and threw the puck on goal.

The Kings goaltender has a 2.88 goals-against average in this series, up from his 1.71 average for the 2013 postseason.