CHICAGO - Sure, the Chicago Blackhawks have a bunch of veteran forwards who have a history of clutch goals.
Scoring against the defending champions isn't easy, either.
The Los Angeles Kings found out just how difficult it can be during Sunday's 3-1 loss in Game 1 of the Western Conference final, whether they were being stopped by goalie Corey Crawford or blocked by one of his teammates. The best-of-seven series continues Wednesday in Chicago.
Kings coach Darryl Sutter says his team had "a lot of good opportunities" and credited Crawford after another big performance.
But it wasn't just the guy in net. Other players stepped up for the Blackhawks.
[He's] real confident with the puck now, getting it off his stick quick and no second-guessing. We need that. He's such a good guy in the room. He works so hard. That's the big thing. For not a big man, he just fights for every puck and when he scores, the guys appreciate that even more.
— Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice on Mathieu Perreault, who scored two goals in win against Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday