When it comes to the 2013 NHL Playoffs, the argument can be made that the Chicago Blackhawks are the team to beat at the moment as they’re coming off an impressive series win against the Detroit Red Wings after overcoming a 3-1 deficit. After Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, the Blackhawks picked up right where they left off to take an early 1-0 series over the Los Angeles Kings.
Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa came through for Chicago as the Blackhawks cruised for the 2-1 win on Saturday. Chicago received an early scare when Los Angeles took an early 1-0 lead in the first period, but the momentum changed in the second period when Shark and Hossa came through with their goals and the Blackhawks never looked back from there as they once again proved why they deserve to be the No. 1 seed.
After jumping out to a hot start at the beginning of the regular season, the Blackhawks have seemed like the team to beat over the last couple of months and even though the Kings are defending champions–Saturday showed why Chicago seems like the team to beat. There’s still plenty of time left in the Western Conference Finals, but if the Blackhawks can look as impressive in Game 2 as they did in Game 1–there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be able to come through as Stanley Cup Champions when it’s all said and done.
It’s crazy to think how this team was on the verge of elimination not too long ago when they were down 3-1 to Detroit, but all of a sudden–Chicago is playing some of their best hockey at the right time.