Kings blast Blackhawks, fatten Pacific lead

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The thought was that, even with the Chicago Blackhawks struggling lately, they’d still provide the Los Angeles Kings with quite the battle tonight.

That … didn’t come to pass.

Instead, the Kings kept adding to an early 2-0 lead, ultimately beating the Blackhawks by a convincing score of 5-0.

With that, Los Angeles maintains its spot atop the Pacific Division – possibly providing some padding, depending upon how the Anaheim Ducks fare tonight – while the Blackhawks continue to slip.

Jonathan Quick stopped all 32 Blackhawks shots for his fourth shutout of the season and his 41st career goose egg. Corey Crawford, meanwhile, had a tough night.

Quick made some history with that 41st shutout, by the way:

After the Milan LucicAnze KopitarKris Versteeg line started off the scoring, other Kings joined in for a good time at their rivals’ expense.

The Kings’ twitter feed seemed pleased:

These stumbles are a concern for the Blackhawks, but perhaps this is just another March swoon before a deep run: