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Kings lose game 5 to the Blackhawks ending their 2011-2012 season.
After a playoff run that included six consecutive series victories and the club's first Stanley Cup title the Los Angeles Kings luck finally ran out via a 4-3 double overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. The Kings showed their typical grit and determination in fighting back into the game following an early two goal deficit, but in the end just couldn't solve Chicago's defense and goaltender Corey Crawford in the overtime periods. Blackhawks star Patrick Kane completed his hat trick, scoring the game winner 11:40 into the second overtime. Brad Richards returned for the first time in three games following a concussion from a big hit by Blackhawks forward Dave Boland in the opening game of the series. The Kings veteran put together a gritty performance, scoring the game tying goal with just 9.4 seconds left in regulation. Richards goal was indicative of the Kings in the series, fighting their way back into games only to lose in the end. It's been nearly fifteen years since a club has repeated as Stanley Cup Champions and this year's Kings are a testament to just how much of a grind the NHL Playoffs are. The Blackhawks, champions in 2010, failed to get out of the first round the subsequent two seasons prior to their outstanding regular season and finals run this year. With a roster full of capable veterans, exciting young talent like Tyler Toffoli and Slava Voynov, and an elite goaltender this Kings club will surely be a contender for the next several years.
The game was th3 38th playoff game the Kings played the past two seasons and even with a shortened regular season the sheer amount of hockey had to take an emotional toll even beyond the obvious physical toll. A victory in Chicago would have sent the series back to LA and potentially changed the momentum in the Kings favor. The Kings dominated the first overtime period but just couldn't solve Crawford who turned away a handful of excellent scoring opportunities. Eventually Chicago was able to break through on an odd man rush with Chicago Captain Jonathon Toews finding Kane for the game winner. The Chicago two on one break was indicative of the problems that plagued the Kings this playoff run, way too many breaks caused by sloppiness and turnovers. Jonathan Quick bailed the Kings out time and time again for their lack of puck control, but this time was unable to stop Kane and the Blackhawks.
So what's next for the Kings? This offseason will be an interesting one in LA. One view of the club, many would think the sane view, would be to not make any real changes and keep the same core together that's been so strong the past two seasons. The other view, perhaps more controversial but better for the team long term, would be to make some tactical moves to shore up the team offensively and add some firepower. The Kings playoff loss this season really came down to the team's inability to generate enough offense to win. Quick was largely the same goaltender as the season before other than some shaky moments (like Duncan Keith's opening goal on Saturday night). Essentially the Kings have been the master of the low scoring, one goal margin playoff victory. When Quick is on it works. When he's not there is an extremely thin margin for error. A little more offensive punch, without sacrificing the obvious defensive needs, may help the club in the long term.
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