Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa scored in the second period, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 on Saturday in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
Corey Crawford made 21 saves, and the Blackhawks generated just enough offense to improve to 7-1 at home in the playoffs.
Game 2 was scheduled for yesterday.
Jonathan Quick stopped 34 shots, and Justin Williams scored for Los Angeles, who have won just one of seven road games in the playoffs.
Williams has scored the last three goals for the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings. He was responsible for all of Los Angeles’ offense in a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 7 of the second-round series on Tuesday.
BRUINS 3, PENGUINS 0
David Krejci scored two more goals during his torrid post-season as the Boston Bruins shut down the Pittsburgh Penguins in the opening game of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday night.
Nathan Horton added an insurance goal in the third period, while Tuukka Rask stopped 29 shots for the Bruins, who silenced Sidney Crosby and the rest of the NHL’s top-scoring team.
Pittsburgh came in averaging a league-high 4.27 goals in the playoffs, but could not solve Rask. The Penguins hit the post six times and seemed a little bit off following an eight-day break between rounds.
The Bruins were coming off a similar layoff but had no such issues. Krejci scored early, and the Bruins handed Pittsburgh their worst loss of the playoffs.
Game 2 is tonight.