Leading 2-1 and seemingly headed toward their ninth straight home playoff victory and a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals, the Hawks did essentially what the Blues did in the sixth game of that series: they got rattled, lost their composure, and fell apart.
And you can't do that against a good team that won a Stanley Cup themselves only two years ago.
Final score: Kings 6, Hawks 2.
The Kings were inspired. They played the kind of hockey the Hawks do when they're on the brink of disaster. And guess what? They're on the brink of disaster. They pretty much absolutely have to win at least one of the next two games- both of which will be played in Los Angeles.
I predict that the Hawks- embarrassed and humiliated by their sad and sorry showing last night- will come out playing the kind of hockey the Kings did in last night's third period. And I also predict that we'll have a pretty good idea who will win this series before it ever comes back to the UC next week.
The next game is Saturday night.
Last night's lowlights: