Down 3-2 late in the third period against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Los Angeles Kings managed to pull off an impressive comeback with two goals in the final 6:11 minutes. The first of those, scored by Tyler Toffoli, was controversial though as Kings forward Jeff Carter appeared to bump into Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford.
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After the contest, Crawford was naturally pressed for a comment on if he felt it was goalie interference and while his opinion seems evident, he didn’t want to spell it out.
“I’m not going to talk about that because I’m probably going to get (expletive) fined,” Crawford said, per the Chicago Tribune’s Chris Kuc.
“It sucks,” Crawford said on the game as a whole, according to LA Kings Insider. “I mean, it’s frustrating. I thought we played a good game. We give up two quick ones at the end. I guess everyone can pretty much tell how we feel about that one. So there is no point in explaining it.”
The Kings and Blackhawks have been two of the most successful franchises in recent years, but this season Los Angeles has struggled to find itself. This victory could be a critical turning point for the Kings as they fight to squeeze into the playoffs. If they do so then we might end up seeing these two squads meet in the postseason for the third straight year. The last two series were for a berth into the Stanley Cup Final with Chicago winning in 2013 and Los Angeles in 2014.