Kings after one: Kings 1, Blackhawks 1
The Blackhawks got a fortunate deflection to score first, but the Kings pulled even on a hustle play just over four minutes later.
Center Jake Dowell gave Chicago a 1-0 lead at 5:16, set up on a fine drop pass by Fernando Pisani. Dowell went outside on Kings defenseman Davis Drewiske and headed to the net, where he sliced a shot on his backhand. The puck deflected off Drewiske’s stick and past Jonathan Bernier for Dowell’s first goal of the season and Pisani’s first point as a Blackhawk. Pisani was signed by Chicago last summer as a free agent.
The Kings scored at 9:34 on a strange play. Drewiske dumped the puck in off the end boards with enough zip for it to carom a fair distance. Justin Williams beat Duncan Keith to the puck and took a short wrist shot that eluded Chicago goalie Marty Turco, who seemed like he wasn’t set for the shot.
The Kings had the only power play of the period but couldn’t capitalize. They had a 10-9 edge in shots.
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Helene Elliott in Chicago