(CHICAGO) — Marian Hossa scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, leading the Chicago Blackhawks to a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.
“It’s always great when you win the first game, especially back to back, give you a little momentum,” Hossa said. “I felt like we did lots of good things today. We know we have to be better (Sunday) and keep doing those things.”
The Kings took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission on a Justin Williams goal despite being outshot by the Blackhawks 17-2 in the first period. Patrick Sharp tied the game at one early in the second period before Hossa put the Blackhawks ahead for good.
“I think the two guys that scored for them are going to score goals,” Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. “We have guys that have to score goals. That’s how close it will be.”
Jonathan Quick made 34 saves for the Kings, but it was the two goals he gave up that proved to be all the difference.
Game 2 is tomorrow night in Chicago.
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Jill Martin, CNN