The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Los Angeles Kings 2-1, while the Boston Bruins shut out the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-0 in the opening games of the National Hockey League conference finals.
The winners of the best-of-seven conference series will vie for the Stanley Cup.
Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa scored goals in the second period to give the Blackhawks the win after Justin Williams got a goal in the first period for the Kings at the United Center in Chicago.
“Every series gets more physical and intense as it goes along,” Sharp said during a press conference. “Both teams played a strong game for Game 1. Weren’t a whole lot of scoring chances from both sides. Probably going to see a lot more of that going forward.”
Chicago hosts Game 2 in the Western Conference series today.
In the Eastern Conference, David Krejci scored two goals and Nathan Horton added a third for the Bruins at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
“I think it was a good win,” Krejci told reporters. “I think it took lots of energy. It wasn’t easy. I don’t know why, maybe because we had a week off. For some reason, I found it very tough, but we got a win. We got a day off so we got to regroup and get ready for Monday.”
The NHL top-scoring Penguins host Game 2 tomorrow.