Corey Crawford was solid once again and the Hawks overcame a disallowed goal to beat the LA Kings in Game One of the Western Conference Final 3-1.
Brandon Saad redirected a Nick Leddy shot past Jonathan Quick for a power play goal, giving the Hawks a 1-0 lead in the first. Early in the second, it appeared the Hawks had a 2-0 lead on a Jonathan Toews goal, but the tally was disallowed after a review. Less than two minutes later, Tyler Toffoli tied the game for the Kings.
Thankfully, Crawford was on his game and the Hawks were able to bounce back. Saad made a nice play to enter the zone and better pass across the ice to Duncan Keith for the game-winning goal at 11:54 into the second.
Toews would add a goal they couldn’t take away in the third to close the books. Toews converted a 3-on-1 with Marian Hossa and Johnny Oduya for his sixth goal of the postseason.
Hossa had two assists, one blocked shot and a huge hit on Dustin Brown (be the hammer, not the nail) in the game. Toews and Hossa tied for the team high with three shots on net each.
Saad added a team-high three takeaways to his two points.
Brent Seabrook skated a team0-high 24:09 on Sunday, and led the team with five hits and finished tied with Niklas Hjalmarsson with a team-high four blocked shots.
Crawford stopped 25 of 26 to earn another victory.
On the other end of the ice, Quick struggled to control rebounds throughout the game and allowed three goals against only 20 shots.
For LA, Jeff Carter had a game-high six shots on net, but won only one of eight faceoffs. Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams failed to put a shot on net in Game One.
With his two-game suspension over, Brandon Bollig returned to the lineup and was credited with four hits in 9:00 on the afternoon. Peter Regin stayed in the lineup and skated primarily between Saad and Kris Versteeg, but won only two of 12 faceoffs. Toews won 11 of 18 faceoffs to lead the way for the Hawks.
Game Two is at 7:00 pm CT on Wednesday at the United Center.