Unlike Saturday night where both conferences opened their final series, Sunday night saw just the Western Conference in action. Playing on back-to-back nights, the Chicago Blackhawks continued to roll past the Los Angeless Kings, doubling their Game 1 margin of victory and putting the game out of reach before it was 30 minutes old.
But Hawks Brent Seabrook kept his eye on the scoreboard, extending the Chicago lead to 2-0 in the final minute of the first period:
If you think the Hawks were being hard on Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, that's nothing compared to his own defenseman:
That was Robyn Regehr coming in from the bottom of your GIF window, knocking the puck through Quick's legs for a 3-0 Chicago lead. The goal was credited to Bryan Bickell, because unlike soccer, hockey does not publicly shame its own goal perpetrators.
One more goal just over two minutes later, and the Kings believed Quick had enough. They pulled him after this Michael Handzus snipe made it 4-0 at 9:20 of the second period:
With the game completely out of hand, the Kings weren't about to stop hitting and leaving marks. After all, they were without Mike Richards in this one after he received a big hit near the end of Game 3.
So here is Rob Scuderi doing one of his borderline "hip" checks that is actually more of a submarine attack:
Patrick Sharp was flipped on the hit, but stayed in the game.
The Kings eventually got on the scoreboard too, but it was too little, too late. Jeff Carter scored top shelf:
And Richards' replacement, Tyler Toffoli, used his sand wedge to score and break the Kings' power play drought:
That was it for Game 2. For Game 3 the series moves to L.A., where the GIFs are all two hours behind.