According to ESPN, the Los Angeles Kings were 8-0 in the 2012 National Hockey League Playoffs entering tonight. Well that is no more as the Kings blew a second period lead to lose 3-2 to the Chicago Blackhawks Thursday.
A little bit past two minutes into the second period, Kings winger Dustin Penner scored to give his team a 2-1 lead. That lead stood for most of the period and it was looking like it was going to be that way going into the third. That is until Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane scored to tie the game at 2-2.
It didn’t take long for the Blackhawks to make it worst for Kings fans as a little bit over a minute into the third period as Blackhawks winger Marion Hossa scored to give his team a 3-2 lead. That would be the final score as the Kings couldn’t get the equalizer to send it to overtime.
In addition to the Kings blowing a lead to the Blackhawks, another big note on the game is the Blackhawks winning without their top defenseman.
Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith missed the game four today. That was due to a suspension from a high sticking in game three of the NHL Western Conference Finals. Hossa felt that people stepping up is what was key to the win.
“You miss a defenseman like Duncan Keith, he is the guy who plays the most on the blue line,” Hossa said. “When you miss him, someone else has to step up, and our guys did.”
With the Kings blowing the lead to the Blackhawks, they now face the daunting task of having to win three straight games or go home as they are now down 3-1 in the best of seven series.