After one in Chicago: Blackhawks 1, Kings 0
The first period was punctuated by some rattling hits, though the off-ice officials’ tally of 23 hits for the Blackhawks seems inflated. The Kings were credited with 13 hits.
The only goal of the period was scored on a 40-foot laser by Jonathan Toews, off a feed by defenseman Brian Campbell, at 11:30. Troy Brouwer did a nice job of jostling for position with Kings defenseman Jack Johnson and creating a screen in front of Jonathan Quick as Toews unleashed a shot from about 40 feet. It apparently deflected off Drew Doughty.
Kings winger Justin Williams hit the crossbar in the early going but the Kings didn’t mount much sustained pressure on Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford.
Kings enforcer Kevin Westgarth and Blackhawks enforcer John Scott, who had tangled at Staples Center Nov. 27 in a bout that left Westgarth a bloody mess, tangled again Sunday to no one’s surprise. Westgarth did better but still didn’t win.
We’ll have more later at www.latimes.com/sports
Helene Elliott in Chicago