By Allan Muir
You know that old saying, “A change is as good as a rest”?
The Los Angeles Kings looked like a team desperate for some serious downtime in dropping the first two games of the Western Conference Finals in Chicago, and playing their third game in four nights seemed like a recipe for disaster.
But ditching the United Center for the friendly confines of the Staples Center, along with a bit of creative line juggling by coach Darryl Sutter, helped them find their legs. The loose, energized Kings reversed the whip on the Blackhawks, beating them 3-1 in Game 3 and trimming their series lead to 2-1.
This was the Kings at their best. They played the body, controlled the neutral zone, limited Chicago to just 20 shots and, finally, capitalized on their chances against Corey Crawford.