The Chicago Blackhawks thought they had the go-ahead goal with just under seven minutes left in the first period of Game 2 against the Los Angeles Kings Wednesday.
And, really, how did this one not go in?
After the initial shot from the point by Michal Rozsival, Patrick Kane was able to get his stick on the puck to put a backhand on net. A scrambling Jonathan Quick deflected it up into the air and as it fluttered back down behind him, Peter Regin made a charge for it.
Regin was cross-checked by Willie Mitchell – who was penalized on the play – and was literally facing the puck, as it bounced on the goal line.
And even after all that, the puck still may have gone it, had it not been for Tyler Toffoli’s magic stick. Take a look:
And here's another, closer look, from @myregularface:
Now that's lucky.
No matter. The Blackhawks scored on the ensuing power play with a backhand breakaway from Nick Leddy. That’s right. The defenseman. On a breakaway.
Understatement of the year: Chicago is a fun team to watch. The Kings aren't bad either.