Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - While defending-champion Los Angeles has become
well-versed in dealing with one-goal contests this postseason, Chicago is the
team which has found a formula for winning those tight games.
Marian Hossa's tally late in the middle period was the game winner, sending
the Blackhawks to a 2-1 victory over the Kings in Saturday's Game 1 of the
Western Conference finals from United Center.
Patrick Sharp registered the other goal for the Blackhawks, who were coming
off an emotional 2-1 overtime victory to dispatch the rival Red Wings in a
Game 7 on Wednesday.
Corey Crawford needed to make just 21 saves to record his ninth win of these
Justin Williams potted the lone score for the Kings, who fell to 1-4 in their
last five games decided by the slimmest of margins. The lone victory in the
bunch -- a 2-1 decision in Game 7 over San Jose this past Tuesday -- landed
the visitors in the conference finals for the second consecutive season.
Jonathan Quick held up well in defeat, stopping 34 shots.
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