WCF, Game 2 - Postgame Recap
Q. Kopitar said that big save Jonathan Quick made on that two-on-one was the turning point for your team. Do you agree with him even more so than when they scored the first goal?
COACH SUTTER: Yeah, I don't think there's necessarily one turning point. I think killing five-on-three in the first, not going away when the score is 2-0, scoring a goal late in the second, scoring a goal early in the third.
Q. Your power play finally came through. They've been really good on the penalty kill. You make a couple of adjustments in the third?
COACH SUTTER: No, our power play was really good last game, too. It's been really good the whole playoffs.
Just wanted to get more at the net tonight and we were able to do that.
Q. Drew Doughty was saying he can tell you're not happy with them if you don't say much of anything during intermission. What was your message going into the third?
COACH SUTTER: Into the third? Well, at some point they're going to lose a game at home. They're not going to win every one.
We probably played better last night. The only difference between tonight and last night was not goals-for, it was goals-against. Give up three against them, you're in trouble.
Q. I think it was this morning someone asked you about Jeff Carter and the two kids. You said they haven't played together too much. They played together in the third period.
COACH SUTTER: Scored a big power play goal right away. Then the line scored two goals, then empty netter.
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Q. Jeff, the goal you got late in the second period, from a psychological standpoint, how important is that?
JEFF CARTER: It was a huge goal for us. To be honest with you, I thought we were a little flat heading up to that goal.
We got a bounce. The guys worked hard to get to the net. It gave us a little bit of life. Gave us a little bit of extra energy going into the third.
Guys did a good job.
Q. Jonathan, what do you remember from the save you made in the second period on Seabrook?
JONATHAN QUICK: It was a two-on-one. I forget who he was with.
He just passed it across. Seabrook is a right shot, so it was a different angle than if it was a one-timer opportunity. Just trying to get it over the post. Fortunate to get a piece of it.
Q. Jeff, would you call that the best period of hockey you ever played?
JEFF CARTER: I didn't really have to do too much for them. Stood in front of them for the first one. Greener and Tanner made a great play on the second one, so...
It was a good period, but didn't really have to do too much.
Q. Jeff, what did you see on the goal that Toffoli scored where the puck popped up?
JEFF CARTER: Crawford made a good save. I don't know if they thought it hit the netting, above the glass, or what. It seemed like everybody kind of stopped. Tanner and Tyler made a great play to keep going. There was no whistle, so...
Q. Jonathan, is this something you guys can build off of? Do you really feel like you'll take some momentum off this into Game 3?
JONATHAN QUICK: I mean, it's tough to say whether momentum carries over from game to game. But obviously it's just from the series standpoint, you know, being tied going home as opposed to being down 2-0.
You know, so obviously we did a lot of good things. There's stuff to build on. But at the end of the day, it's 0-0 when we take the ice for the next game. You just try to win 60 minutes.
Q. Jeff, you have had a lot of in-game comebacks during this playoffs, during the Cup run a couple years ago. Obviously you go back and look at film. How many times is there a save like the save that Jonathan made on Seabrook somewhere?
JEFF CARTER: A lot. Obviously we all know what Quicky brings to our team. We're down 2-0, 2-1, he's making saves like that. If we don't go out there and give it our all, try to get that next goal, we're letting him down.
He saves our butts a lot. I guess we're happy that we could help him out tonight.
Q. Jeff, does anything change? They're up 2-0 at one point. Are you making adjustments or are you sticking to the game plan?
JEFF CARTER: Just sticking with what we need to do. You know, we got a good group of leaders in our room. We've been through comebacks and whatnot a lot lately. Obviously not something we want to do. But we stick with it, grind it out, get the job done.
Q. Jeff, was there anything different about the power play? I think Darryl mentioned you wanted to get more shots on target, but...
JEFF CARTER: Their penalty killers do a great job of getting in lanes. Their ‘D’ front a lot of pucks. It's tough to get them through.
We got two pucks tonight all game and they both ended up in the net. It's still something we need to improve on, but it's a good start.
Q. As far as this one, was there a time where you guys just kind of started hitting the brakes or was it something that L.A. was doing?
COACH QUENNEVILLE: I really liked how we played for 38 minutes. We did everything we were looking to do. They got a little momentum at the end of the period scoring a big goal for them on an innocent play, gave them some life.
Took a couple funny penalties, they were both in our net, that was it.
Q. Do you think maybe a key of not getting that third goal was significant?
COACH QUENNEVILLE: Had a couple real nice looks there. Still 2-0. We're still fine at 2-0. You know, we get in after two, you're up 2-0, it's a different game.
The way it turned on a dime like that, I don't know if we've seen a game like that all year where we're doing everything all right and all of a sudden it was a disaster.
Q. Up 2-0, playing as well as you were for 38 minutes, any lapse in concentration?
COACH QUENNEVILLE: I don't know about that. They got excitement. One of those plays at the net goes in, you get energized off of that.
We've seen this team in the playoffs, what they've been able to do when their backs are against the wall. We got to play right through periods, we got to play right through games.
They're relentless in a lot of ways. We got to make sure when we get a chance like tonight, we got to put 'em away.
Q. Did they deserve the credit or did you see the wheels coming off with your guys?
COACH QUENNEVILLE: No. I thought we played perfect for 38 minutes. They get a break, it goes in. Two power play goals that were nothing plays for me, ends up both in our net. Now all of a sudden we got to press, open it up. Played into their hands.
Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford
“I mean, that was a good hockey game for us the first forty minutes and then a little bit of penalty trouble and they just took advantage. That was the game right there. We were trading momentums throughout the game, but I thought for the most part we had the better chances until the third period. I don’t know, it was just kind of a collapse I guess then. That happens. That wasn’t our hockey team. We’ve just got to rest up and prepare for a big game in LA.”
Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp
“I think for the most part, across the board, we know that we need to file this one, learn from it and be ready for Game 3.”
“Once they get the lead and we started doing some things to create some offense and seemed like it gave them a few more chances. But regardless, whatever the situation may be, we can’t be happy with that at all. Across the board, we can look at ourselves in the mirror and know that we can be better for Game 3.”
Game 3 -- Saturday, May 24 at Chicago at Los Angeles at 5 pm (PT) -- NBC, AM 1150 and AM 570 (radio simulcast)
KINGS CLUB NOTES via @LAKingsPR:
Jeff Carter had four points in the third period…club record in playoffs.
Carter scored three goals in the third period…tying club postseason record (Tommy Williams did it April 14, 1974 vs. CHI).
The last time the Kings trailed by two goals in a playoff game and won was May 6, 2013 vs. STL.
The Kings tied a club postseason record with 5 goals in the 3rd period…done 3 other times (May 7, 1993 and April 10, 1990 and April 10.
Carter’s hat trick was the 11th in Kings postseason history (second by him).
Carter's four points in one period ties an NHL record (last done by Tyler Seguin May 17, 2011).
Both of Carter's playoff hat tricks with the Kings came in Game 2 of the WCF (other was May 15, 2012 at PHX)
CHICAGO CLUB NOTES:
The Blackhawks fell 6-2 to the Los Angeles Kings at the United Center tonight in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final, snapping their three-game win streak … The game marked the Blackhawks’ first home loss of the 2014 postseason … Chicago is now 7-1 at home and 8-1 when scoring first.
Nick Leddy opened the scoring tonight with his first goal of the 2014 postseason and second career playoff goal … The goal also marked his first career postseason power-play goal … He has four points (1G, 3A) through 13 contests.
Ben Smith netted his second goal of the playoffs and now has four points (2G, 2A) through 14 games … The tally marked his fifth career playoff goal.
Duncan Keith tallied a helper tonight, extending his point streak (1G, 2A) to three games … He has 10 points (3G, 7A) through 14 games … Keith also shared the team high with four shots on goal in Game 2.
Johnny Oduya collected an assist for the second straight game … He has five points (1G, 4A) during the 2014 postseason.
Brandon Bollig notched his first point of the postseason with an assist vs. Los Angeles … He has two career playoff points (1G, 1A).
Brent Seabrook paced the Blackhawks with six hits tonight … He ranks second on the team with 29 hits … Seabrook also blocked three shots and now ranks second on the team with 32 blocked shots.
Marian Hossa shared the team high with four shots on goal vs. Los Angeles … He ranks second in the NHL with 54 SOG.
Peter Regin registered a postseason-high four hits tonight … He has 10 hits in four games.
Goaltender Corey Crawford turned aside 25 of 30 shots tonight, snapping his three-game win streak.
Tonight’s game marked the 275th consecutive capacity crowd at the United Center (regular and postseason).