Chicago Blackhawks win Western Conference finals opener over Los Angeles Kings

Chicago Blackhawks 2, Los Angeles Kings 1

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Chicago center Patrick Sharp reacts after scoring against Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick in the second period of the Western Conference finals.  NAM Y. HUH/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Chicago center Patrick Sharp reacts after scoring against Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick in the second period of the Western Conference finals.

CHICAGO — Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa scored in the second period, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 on Saturday in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

Corey Crawford made 21 saves, and the Blackhawks generated just enough offense to improve to 7-1 at home in the playoffs.

Game 2 is scheduled for tonight.

Jonathan Quick stopped 34 shots, and Justin Williams scored for Los Angeles, which has won just one of seven road games in the playoffs.

Williams has scored the last three goals for the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings.

He was responsible for all of Los Angeles’ offense in a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 7 of the second-round series on Tuesday.

For the first period and much of the second of the conference finals opener, Chicago looked hopeless against Quick and Los Angeles’ talented defensemen.

Drew Doughty, Robyn Regehr and Co. kept the Blackhawks’ fleet forwards in check, and Quick made it look as if there was a white wall moving from side to side in net.

Most of Chicago’s shots in the first period came from the outside, and Quick had a clear lane for most stops.

BRUINS 3, PENGUINS 0

In Pittsburgh, David Krejci scored two more goals during his torrid postseason and Boston shut down Pittsburgh in the opening game of the Eastern Conference finals.

Nathan Horton added an insurance goal in the third period and Tuukka Rask stopped 29 shots for the Bruins, who silenced Sidney Crosby and the rest of the NHL’s top-scoring team.

Pittsburgh came in averaging a league-high 4.27 goals in the playoffs but couldn’t solve Rask. The Penguins hit the post six times and seemed a little bit off following an eight-day break between rounds.

The Bruins were coming off a similar layoff but had no such issues. Krejci scored early, and the Bruins handed Pittsburgh its worst loss of the playoffs.

Game 2 is Monday night.


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