Blackhawks vs. Kings: Does Los Angeles Have More Questions or Answers?

The Los Angeles Kings avoided a 3-0 series deficit in the Western Conference Final, earning the 3-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at Staples Center Tuesday night. But there are still more questions than answers surrounding the defending Stanley Cup champions.

After a disappointing Game 2 loss over the weekend in which star goaltender Jonathan Quick was actually pulled mid-contest, the Kings responded with a gritty performance to get back in the series.

Quick stopped 19 of the 20 shots he faced, including a few world-class saves as Chicago made its late-game push in the third. His game-saving stop on forward Bryan Bickell in the final two minutes of regulation was arguably the best save of the playoffs.

To no one's surprise, Quick gave his team a bounce-back performance in a crucial matchup.

Another positive for Los Angeles was the play of young defenseman Slava Voynov, who assisted on Justin Williams' goal to open the scoring and then scored what would hold up as the game-winner at the 6:37 mark in the second period.

It was the Russian blueliner's fifth goal of the playoffs, which ties him with Boston Bruins veteran Johnny Boychuk for the goal-scoring lead among defensemen in the playoffs. He also leads the postseason with four game-winning goals.

In the absence of veteran center Mike Richards, top prospect Tyler Toffoli has been thrust into a top-six role. And the results have been impressive.

The talented winger tallied a goal and an assist in Game 2 and added another assist Tuesday night. His speed, high hockey IQ and fantastic offensive skill set have all given the Kings some much-needed scoring depth.

But among the positives to come out of their Game 3 victory, the Kings still have plenty of questions that have yet to be answered. Let's look at a few of the most notable ones.


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