2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs nightly GIF recap: Home sweet home for Los Angeles

Harry How

The Kings earned a Game 3 win thanks to a brilliant performance in front of their home crowd. Again.

The Los Angeles Kings are a different beast at home. Just in case you haven't paid attention, they proved it again during Game 3 on Tuesday with a 3-1 win. And we've got the GIFs to back it up.

This first GIF shows you Justin Williams' opening goal, but it doesn't show you the crazy shenanigans he got into to set up the goal. Just imagine him entering the zone, spinning around a dozen times and then deking through four pairs of legs. That's an exaggeration but it's not far off.

Then he scored.

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And he nearly scored again when Michal Rozsifall Rozsival gave him the puck.

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When Slava Voynov gets nervous, he eats his equipment.

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There's a better joke in there somewhere but let's just move on.

Voynov really had it in for his equipment. When he wasn't chewing on his helmet, he was obliterating his sticks. And scoring, but those sticks are expensive!

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The Kings essentially played like they have all postseason at home: relentless skating and stifling defensive hockey. The frustration was beginning to show for the Hawks, and Duncan Keith finally lost it when Jeff Carter relieved him of his stick.

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He only got four minutes, but he probably should've been ejected. Either way, that was four minutes of power-play time the Kings wasted. Keith left the box with his team still down two goals. Bryan Bickell made it one with less than a minute left in the second.

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Meanwhile, Dustin Brown was trying to decapitate anything that skated near him.

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Nevertheless, the Blackhawks pressed the attack a little harder in the third period to even up the score. Jonathan Quick sensed his team was in danger and went into Conn Smythe Mode. Scrums around his net suddenly turned into dogpiles.

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Here's Bryan Bickell climbing out of the wreckage.

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Quick was at his best in the final few minutes, as the Blackhawks took more risks and earned more scoring chances. His finest save of the night was on Marian Hossa in tight.

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And that was that. Dwight King potted the empty netter and the Kings walked away with their first win in this Western Conference Final. We have ourselves a series.

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