Kings vs. Blackhawks Game 3 recap: Quick stands tall in Los Angeles victory

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Jonathan Quick bounced back nicely, and the Kings beat Chicago 3-1.

Sometimes going home makes all the difference. The Kings extended their dominance in Los Angeles in Game 3, earning a 3-1 win over the Blackhawks for their first win of the series.

Chicago had scored late in the second period to make things interesting, but Jonathan Quick slammed the door on the Blackhawks in the third period. He had a little help. The Kings generally destroyed any player that came near their netminder, as Bryan Bickell found out.

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The final frame wasn't nearly as lopsided as the previous two. Chicago took more chances as the period wore on and nearly cashed in multiple times. A bad line change by the Kings nearly resulted in a Patrick Kane breakaway, but an offsides saved Los Angeles. It was essentially over when Quick made this outstanding save on Marian Hossa in the dying minutes.

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Chicago pulled Corey Crawford with about two minutes left, but Dwight King finished them off with an empty netter.


Jonathan Quick was bad on back-to-back nights. What about three games in four nights?

If that two-game spell of bad form was just a blip on the radar, I hope the Blackhawks enjoyed it while it lasted. He wasn't tested much, but when he was he was as solid as ever. Give credit to the Kings' defenders: Chicago had nothing to work with for most of the game.

How do the Kings replace Mike Richards?

Tyler Toffoli didn't score, but he was quite active in Richards' stead. In the end, they didn't need to replace Richards. They just rode the hot hands of Slava Voynov and Justin Williams and let Jonathan Quick defend the net splendidly.

Can the Hawks continue to stifle the Kings defensively?

There's just something about L.A. that turns the tables for the opposing team. The Kings showed the kind of defensive hockey that Chicago had put them through the first two games, and the Hawks started to show some cracks in their own end. The penalty kill is as efficient as ever, but you have to wonder if Chicago will be able to win any game in Los Angeles.

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