Chicago, IL, United States (4E Sports) – Corey Crawford made 25 saves to lead the Chicago Blackhawks past the Los Angeles Kings, 3-1 Sunday in Game 1 of the Western Conference final at United Center.
The 29-year-old Crawford has allowed only one goal in each of the past three games. He leads the NHL with a 1.90 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage in the playoffs.
Brandon Saad had a goal in the first period to give defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks a 1-0 lead.
The Kings got a second-period score from Tyler Toffoli. Duncan Keith had a tiebreaking tally for the Blackhawks in the third period.
Then Jonathan Toews one-timed Johnny Oduya’s pass right by Jonathan Quick to make it 3-1 at 16:10 of the third period.
Jonathan Quick made 17 saves for the Kings.
Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Wednesday night at Chicago.