The Chicago Blackhawks were in this same spot a year ago.
Marian Gaborik took a momentary break from the usual businesslike atmosphere in the Kings’ dressing room and allowed himself one moment to marvel at what Los Angeles has accomplished this spring.
Jeff Carter and the Los Angeles Kings know how to come back in the playoffs.
Corey Crawford started every single playoff game when the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup last year. Detroit had Jimmy Howard in goal, Jonathan Quick was in net for Los Angeles, Boston had Tuukka Rask, and Crawford beat each one of them.
In the first period, Ryan Miller looked like the goalie who limped home 0-5. For the final 80 minutes, 26 seconds, the St. Louis Blues saw the cool, confident backstop they acquired to make the deep playoff run they’ve long sought.
Hossa first angered Wings fans when he left for Chicago in 2009. Wednesday he gave them more ammunition.
Darren Helm scored on Detroit’s sixth attempt in the shootout and Jonas Gustavsson stopped Andrew Shaw’s shot, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night.
The Red Wings, who have been battered with injuries, are 21-18-10 with 52 points in the standings. The Blackhawks are 32-8-11 with 75 points.
Will Chicago be able to remember the recipe for ice after the championship floor is gone?
Playing in the NHL wasn’t Chris Chelios’ dream.