How the Los Angeles Kings Stole Home-Ice Advantage from the Chicago Blackhawks

With a stunning 6-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks Wednesday night, the Los Angeles Kings claimed home-ice advantage in the third round of the playoffs and proved they can do a whole lot more than merely hang with the defending champions.

Even without much of a contribution from its first line, L.A. found a way to prevail in Game 2, scoring six unanswered goals in a turnaround that featured healthy doses of determination and team depth.

Prior to Wednesday's tilt, Chicago had boasted the Kings’ number of late. Moreover, the Hawks had yet to lose at home in the postseason. Simply put, this was a huge victory for the Kings.

So, how did they rally back from a two-goal deficit Wednesday to even up the series?



As shown in the conference quarterfinals and semifinals, these Kings just won’t go away quietly. They’ve taken part in a pair of seven-game series to this point in the postseason, losing three games in a row in each matchup and somehow eliminating their opponents anyway.

There’s no quit in this team, and there was ample evidence of that in Game 2.

Down 2-0 due to a couple of breakaway markers, L.A. simply moved on from its miscues and trusted that its system would produce the desired outcome.

Justin Williams joined Mike Richards’ unit with Dwight King after the club’s dismal start, and the two veterans offered their team a lifeline by hounding the puck and tilting the ice toward Chicago’s zone.

With a little under two minutes remaining in the second period, their hard work paid off, as Richards pounced on a loose puck and filtered a pass through to Williams in the slot. The puck banked off the latter’s skate and sneaked by Corey Crawford for a massive goal to pull the team back to within one score.

On Sunday, it was the Hawks who benefited from...

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