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On the evening of May 21, the Kings played Game 2 of their Western Conference Final series against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center.
Coming into the night’s date, the Kings, as a franchise, had yet to win a playoff game in Chicago, Illinois, holding a 0-7 postseason record in the Windy City dating back to 1974.
If you were looking for any predicating promise for the Kings prior to their series against Chicago, it probably wasn’t visible.
Entering Game 2 on May 21, the Blackhawks were a perfect 7-0 on home ice during this year’s playoffs, beating both the St. Lous Blues and Minnesota Wild three times respectively in their home building, and the Kings once - three days prior to Jeff Carter’s Game 2 outbreak.
In Game 2, the Kings found themselves down 2-0 early in the second period, but they fought back with an unprecedented rebuttal, scoring six unanswered goals.
Jeff Carter had three of them.
And, all three of Carter’s goals, remarkably, came in the third period.
Carter tied the game at 2-2 less than two minutes into the third period on a power play, redirecting home a Drew Doughty wrist shot from the point.
Carter’s tally opened the floodgates.
Jake Muzzin and Tyler Toffoli followed with goals shortly after Carter’s equalizer, giving the Kings a 4-2 lead with 11:01 left to play in regulation.
Carter put the contest on ice thereafter, wristing home the Kings’ fifth goal of the night with just over five minutes remaining in regulation time, and then burying an empty-netter inches within the red line with 3:31 to play, giving the Kings a 6-2 lead – the night’s eventual final score.
It was Carter’s second career postseason hat trick. Ironically, Carter’s first career playoff hat trick also came during a Game 2 of a Western Conference Final series – that, with the Kings, against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.Com Arena on May 15, 2012.