The Los Angeles Kings evened their Western Conference Final series with a 6-2 rout of the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night. Kings forward, Jeff Carter did most of the heavy-lifting for the Kings scoring three goals and grabbing four points in just the third period.
Although the two teams will have had two nights off when it comes time to drop the puck on game three, the Kings will try and carry over the momentum from game two into their first home game of the series.
During these playoffs the Kings have done well coming off of big wins. After winning game two against Chicago, Los Angeles has now won a total of six games by a total of three or more goals. So far the Kings have gone 4-1-0 in the games following these big wins.
Three of these wins came in games five, six and seven against the San Jose Sharks, while the fourth win came against the Anaheim Ducks in game one of that series. Their only loss came in game one of this series after beating the Anaheim Ducks 6-2 in game seven of last series. The Kings have outscored their opponents 16-6 in games following a win by three or more goals.
This success following offensively strong games for the Kings is thanks in part to offensive success carrying over into the next game. Nine different Kings have scored goals in games following wins by three or more goals and five of those Kings have two or more goals.
Leading the way in this group is none other than Anze Kopitar who has four goals and nine points in the five games, followed by Marian Gaborik and Drew Doughty who have two goals and three assists and one goal and four assists respectively for five points.
The following table breaks down the scoring for the entire group.
|Kings Scoring In Games Following A Win Of 3 Or More Goals (As of 5/23/14)|
As the table above indicates the scoring in these games has been pretty spread out. Kopitar and Doughty have points in four of the five games while Carter, Martinez, Pearson, Toffoli and Gaborik have points in three of the five games. Williams who has points in two games and Brown who has points in only one game appear on the score sheet the least during these games.
When it comes time for game three to get underway keep an eye on the players mentioned above, because if trends continue they are sure to have a heavy influence on the outcome of the game.