The Blackhawks take a 2-0 series lead over the Kings, plus the latest on the Bruins and Penguins.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: A quick start carried the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings, opening a 2-0 series lead. The Blackhawks scored early and late in the first period, added two more in the first half of the second period. Patrick Sharp and Brandon Saad each collected two assists while Corey Crawford made 29 saves.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Jonathan Quick was pulled midway through the second period of Game Two as the Kings fell behind 4-0,marking the first time in over three years Quick was lifted from a playoff game. The Kings also played without Mike Richards, who missed the game as a result of an upper body injury suffered in Game One by a controversial hit from Chicago’s Dave Bolland.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I confess to being surprised by how the Blackhawks have dominated the Kings in these opening games. I expected the latter to be more aggressive physically and defensively, but the Kings are struggling to adjust to the Blackhawks physical play and speed. It’s worth noting the Kings have a better home record in this year’s playoffs, so it’ll be interesting to see how they adjust in Games Three and Four in Los Angeles.
BOSTON GLOBE: Boston Bruins forward David Krejci is once again elevating his play in the post-season, currently leading all playoff scorers in points, is tied for second in goal, and is second in assists and plus-minus.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Krejci was also second in team scoring during the regular season. His name popped up regularly in trade rumors since last season, but given how he seems to find an extra gear in the postseason (he was also their leading scorer during the 2011 Cup run and has 66 points in 72 career NHL playoff games), don’t expect to see him on the trade block anytime soon.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke won’t receive supplemental discipline for his hit in Game One on Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cooke is fortunate McQuaid wasn’t seriously injured on the play and subsequently stayed in the game.
ESPN.COM: Scott Burnside wonders if Game Two might be the right time for Marc-Andre Fleury to return in goal for the Penguins.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tomas Vokoun wasn’t the reason the Penguins lost Game One. It’s not his fault his teammates, trying to prove they were tougher than the Bruins, got knocked off their game plan and were shut out in Game One. The Penguins lost because they tried to play the Bruins game, rather than their own. Vokoun had nothing to do with that.