The absence of Duncan Keith didn’t slow the Chicago Blackhawks down at all in Game 4 as they came back from a 2-1 deficit late in the second period to knock off the defending champs on the road to take a commanding 3-1 series lead as things shift back to the Windy City.
The Los Angeles Kings had won their last 15 games at home, including eight in the playoffs, but L.A. goalie Jonathan Quick got vaporized late in the second period and early in the third to give the Hawks the win and the momentum to end the series at home. Just when it seemed like things were starting to really tilt in the Kings’ favor, Chicago just came alive and fed off the multitude of Blackhawks fans in attendance who roared when the second game-tying goal was scored.
Patrick Kane‘s point-blank shot and dive over Quick with under two minutes to go in the second period changed the course of the game and likely the series. The Kings’ psyche was completely broken on that play and the life was sucked right out of L.A. Now the Kings must win on the road to stay alive, but the Blackhawks seem set to get back to the Stanley Cup Finals.