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Blackhawks go up 2-0 on Kings in West final

CHICAGO — The Blackhawks never thought it would be this easy against the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings and their red-hot goalie.

Chicago chased goalie Jonathan Quick midway through the second period en route to a relatively easy 4-2 win Sunday that gave them a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference final.

The Blackhawks got goals from Andrew Shaw and Brent Seabrook in the first period to grab a 2-0 lead. Bryan Bickell and Michal Handzus scored 2:09 apart in the second to make it 4-0, and Kings coach Darryl Sutter replaced Quick with Jonathan Bernier with 10:40 left.

"We've got to stay level-headed," Shaw told the NBC Sports Network, "forget about these games and just look forward from here."

Quick, who entered the series with a 1.50 goals-against average and a .948 save percentage, had gone 34 consecutive games in the playoffs without allowing more than three goals.

The last time he had allowed four goals was April 25, 2011, when the Sharks needed overtime in Game 6 of the conference quarterfinals to eliminate the Kings.

Quick hadn't been pulled from a playoff game since April 23, 2010, when he gave up four goals to the Canucks but came back in to finish after Erik Ersberg allowed two more in a 7-2 loss in Game 5 of the conference quarterfinals.

"We had some nice shots," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenne­ville said. "Some nights they go in, but I still think (Quick is) a special goalie."

The Kings were without their leading playoff scorer, center Mike Richards (two goals, 10 points). He took a massive hit from the Blackhawks' Dave Bolland's late in Game 1 Saturday.

Richards was scratched with what the Kings said was an upper-body injury.

"I talked to him for a minute before the game," Sutter said. "I didn't feel — and he didn't feel he should play, either."

No penalty for Cooke

PITTSBURGH — There was no league discipline for the Penguins' Matt Cooke, who got a major boarding penalty and a game misconduct for hitting the Bruins' Adam McQuaid behind the Boston net in Game 1 of the East final Saturday.

It was a relief to Cooke. Once one of the league's most notorious hitters, the forward missed Pittsburgh's 2011 Round 1 playoff loss to the Lightning while suspended for a hit. "I've been in that situation before, and it's no fun," he said. "I'm thankful I can go out (tonight in Game 2) and help my team."

Cooke said he should have been penalized but not to the extent he was.

McQuaid, who was dazed on the play but finished the game, received criticism for not doing enough to protect himself. He was stunned at the suggestion.

Bruins coach Claude Julien said McQuaid put himself in a vulnerable position.

Blackhawks2204
Kings0112

First1, Chi, Shaw 4 (Stalberg, Saad), 1:56. 2, Chi, Seabrook 2 (Hossa, Toews), 19:09. PenaltiesSeabrook, Chi (cross-check), 13:52; Bickell, Chi (trip), 19:36.

Second3, Chi, Bickell 6 (Sharp, Saad), 7:11 (pp). 4, Chi, Handzus 2 (Sharp, Kane), 9:20. 5, LA, Carter 6 (Toffoli, Voynov), 18:57. PenaltiesKing, LA (trip), 5:28; Stoll, LA (boarding), 12:36.

Third6, LA, Toffoli 2 (Penner, Voynov), 18:58 (pp). PenaltiesBolland, Chi (hook), 2:10; Fraser, LA (rough), 11:15; Clifford, LA (rough), 11:15; Rozsival, Chi (rough, cross-check), 11:15; Toews, Chi (rough), 11:15; Keith, Chi (delay game), 17:59. Shots LA 13-5-13—31. Chi 9-11-6—26. PP oppsLA 1 of 4; Chi 1 of 2. GoaliesLA, Quick 8-7-0 (17 shots-13 saves), Bernier (9:20 second, 9-9). Chi, Crawford 10-4-0 (31-29).

Playoffs

East Final

BRUINS 1, PENGUINS 0

Game 1: Bruins 3, Penguins 0

Tonight: at Pittsburgh, 8, NBCSN

Wednesday: at Boston, 8, NBCSN

Friday: at Boston, 8, NBCSN

June 9: at Pittsburgh, 8, NBCSN*

June 11: at Boston, TBD, NBCSN*

June 12: at Pittsburgh, TBD, NBCSN*

West Final

BLACKHAWKS 2, KINGS 0

Game 1: Blackhawks 2, Kings 1

Sunday: Blackhawks 4, Kings 2

Tuesday: at Los Angeles, 9, NBCSN

Thursday: at Los Angeles, 9 NBCSN

Saturday: at Chicago, 8, Ch. 8*

June 10: at Los Angeles, 9, NBCSN*

June 12: at Chicago, TBD, NBCSN*

* If necessary

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