Every night during the playoffs, we will wrap up all the exciting action and tell you what you need to know about the 2013-14 Stanley Cup playoffs. Welcome to What You Need To Know.
Kings win 5-2 | LA leads series 3-1 | Game 5 Wed.
LA Kings: At least for the first 35 minutes or so, those were the Kings we've come to expect in the postseason; relentless on the boards, staunch defensively and very good with controlling the puck in the offensive zone (thanks largely to their tremendous neutral-zone play). The fell into the familiar trap of trying to sit on their lead but thankfully for them they had already built up a 4-0 lead and had a bit of a cushion to sit back on. It helps when they do a very good job of keeping the Blackhawks out of the middle of the ice and Jonathan Quick is playing well in net. This series is hardly done, especially knowing that in each of the first two rounds the Kings had three-game losing streaks, but the Kings are rolling like it's 2012 all over again.
Chicago Blackhawks: For as good of a defensive team as the Blackhawks have, the problems on the penalty kill have been a touch mystifying and definitely troublesome. The Kings quickly built up an early lead thanks to two more power-play goals and came away with a pretty comfortable win as the Blackhawks were able to muster a little bit but definitely too little, too late. The frustration level has been palatable and they just haven't been winning the battles, whether they are in front of the net or along the boards. Something -- OK, a lot of things -- has to change in a hurry for the Hawks if they want to return to the Stanley Cup Final.
Play of the Game: It was pretty much all Kings in Game 4 but we'll give at least a little bit of love to the Blackhawks here thanks to Brandon Saad and this excellent backhander to the top shelf. Pretty is pretty, even in a loss.
Player of the Game: It's always nice when your best players are your best players and that was the case for the Kings on Sunday. Anze Kopitar was usual outstanding self and so was Drew Doughty. You can't watch the Kings without noticing the impact Doughty in particular has on a game, partly because he's out there seemingly all the time. From breaking up a potential golden chance from Patrick Kane early in the game, his great positioning and defense in front of the net to his commanding of the offense from the point position leading to two points on the night, Doughty was excellent. One of these years he'll get the due he truly deserves.
Turning Point: It came pretty early in Game 4, no surprise given the Kings held a 3-0 lead after one period. Out of the gate, the Blackhawks were strong and earned a couple of power plays. It was on the second one that Marian Hossa made enough contact with Jonathan Quick -- who helped sell it a bit -- to draw a penalty. The Kings were able to set up in the O Zone on the 4-on-4 and very shortly into the power play, Jake Muzzin was rifling home a shot for the first goal and the Kings were off and running.
GIF of the Game: Game 4 was a game between the Kings and Blackhawks in Los Angeles. Yet there was a Toronto Maple Leafs fan near the ice proud and oh so loud, joining the dreaded glass-banging club before letting everybody know the Leafs are No. 1 ... or something (GIF via @MyRegularFace)