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.
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To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at email@example.comPatrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks skates during the first period of Game One of the Western Conference Finals during the 2013 National Hockey League Stanley Cup Playoffs on June 1, 2013 in Chicago. Photographer: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images