Blackhawks vs. Kings Game 4 update: Even play has teams tied, 1-1

Harry How

Both goaltenders allowed one soft goal, and the first period ended in a tie.

The Chicago Blackhawks entered Game 4 against the Los Angeles Kings without Duncan Keith, who was suspended for the contest because of a slashing incident in Game 3. Through the opening 20 minutes, at least, his absence wasn't glaringly obvious. The teams traded chances and went to the first intermission tied, 1-1.

Slava Voynov continued his surprisingly productive post-season by scoring yet another goal to put the Kings up early in the period:

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Voynov now leads the Kings in playoff scoring this season.

The Blackhawks would answer back later in the period, with a shot from their own improbable playoff phenom, Bryan Bickell, that just managed to squeak through Jonathan Quick:

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That was a softer goal than Quick normally allows, but he made up for his mistake minutes later with a huge save on the very same Bryan Bickell:

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The two teams looked fairly evenly matched through the opening 20 minutes. The shots were 11-10 in favor of the Blackhawks.

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