Chicago Blackhawks Vs. Los Angeles Kings: Patrick Kane And Patrick Sharp Lead Hawks To Win

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BLACKHAWKS ANALYSIS: Video Review Gives Patrick Kane Goal, Hawks Win 2-1

Early in the third period Saturday night in Los Angeles, Patrick Kane scored a goal off a pass from Tomas Kopecky. Only it wasn’t that simple — the pass ricocheted off Kane into the net to give the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead. It took video review to confirm that Kane hadn’t intentionally guided the puck with his hand.

The Blackhawks needed that goal for a whole bunch of reasons. The Kings scored later in the period to make it 2-1, but that’s where the game ended — a second straight win for the Hawks, giving them a winning record on the circus trip at 4-2 and it looks like they have begun to right their apparently sinking ship. It also made the Hawks 5-2 in the second game of back-to-backs — something not easy to do in the NHL.

Corey Crawford had his second straight good outing in goal, turning back 21 of 22 shots. With Crawford being the hot goaltender right now, coach Joel Quenneville should give him the bulk of playing time.

The entire Blackhawks team deserves the two off days they’ll have before facing the Blues at the United Center on Tuesday night.

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Chicago Blackhawks Vs. Los Angeles Kings: Corey Crawford In Goal Again

Apparently, Corey Crawford's strong outings on the current road trip have convinced Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville that Crawford should start tonight -- it's been confirmed by coach Q that he will indeed start against the Los Angeles Kings.

That's quite a vote of confidence from Quenneville to start Crawford over the nine-year veteran Marty Turco. But Turco has been shaky, especially on the road trip, and we could be looking at this year's version of Cristobal Huet and Antti Niemi. If Crawford has another good game tonight, it would make sense to go with the goalie who's hot... at least until he's not.

The Kings are off to a good start this season with a 13-8 record. However, that record was even better at 12-3; Los Angeles has lost five of its last six, so maybe this is a good time for the Hawks to be finishing up their trip, to take advantage of a team that hasn't scored more than three goals in any of those six (the 4-3 win against the Bruins, their only win in that stretch, was in a shootout). LA is expected to start Jonathan Quick in goal tonight; he's got an 11-3 record with a .931 save percentage and a 1.90 GAA -- expect a low-scoring game tonight.

A Blackhawks win tonight would give them a winning record on the circus trip and would be, just maybe, a jumping-off point for more wins when they return home against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday. They'll then play 10 of 13 at home through the end of December.

Tonight's game begins at 9:30 p.m. CST and will be televised on CSN Chicago.

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