Quite often it isn’t the number of saves a goalie makes, but the timing of the big saves that are important. For Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, that was the case Wednesday night, as he made an incredible save with 7 minutes left to avoid falling behind 3-0 and allowed his club to stage a third period rally and even the series at a game apiece with a 6-2 win in Chicago.
Nick Leddy in the first, and Ben Smith early in the second gave the Hawks the 2-0 lead, but Quick stoned Brent Seabrook on a 2-on-1 to keep it at that score before the Los Angeles Kings took over. Justin Williams had one deflect in off his skate late in the second to get the Kings on the board, and it was Jeff Carter who took over the third period.
Carter tipped home a Drew Doughty shot 1:37 into the third on a power play to tie the score. Jake Muzzin gave the Kings the lead on another power play two and a half minutes later, on a wrist shot from the faceoff dot that got through Corey Crawford.
Carter set up Tyler Toffoli‘s eventual game winner as his shot was stopped but Tanner Pearson retrieved the rebound after the Hawks lost sight of the puck, and he fed the puck to Toffoli in the slot and he fired it past Crawford.
Carter got his second of the game on a 2-on-1, using Toffoli as a decoy and powering a quick wrist shot short side on Crawford to make it 5-2. He added the empty netter for the hat trick, and sent the Kings home with a split in Chicago.
Game 3 goes in Los Angeles on Friday night where the Kings will look to keep home ice advantage.