Kings Raise Stanley Cup Banner, the Hawks Lower the Boom

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -Stanley Cup banner ceremonies are usually a kiss of death for the home club and Saturday afternoon was no exception. Give the Blackhawks credit as they had a solid effort but the Kings played like they had been out all night. Certainly the emotions of receiving their championship rings and a long ceremony provided a reason for the boys from LA to not have the required focus to start the game. The Blackhawks jumped on the Kings scoring the first four goals of the contest, en route to a 5-2 victory.The good news is the Blackhawks kept it simple, supported one another and their best players were difference makers. It’s great to have big contribution from Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews but the helper bees also played a big role. It was a complete team victory.The third and fourth lines kept control of play while winning board battles. Andrew Shaw’s group and the fourth line centered by Marcus Kruger played well on both sides of the puck. Hard working Michael Frolik fired a laser past Jonathan Quick and stained the score sheet with a goal. So the Hawks got contributions from top to bottom.

The defense was fine for the first game as Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook were in good form. Niklas Hjalmarsson was the most impressive ending up a +2 for the game. He played with confidence and logged 21:03 of ice time with 5:01 coming while shorthanded

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