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Last night, the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4-2 to take a 2-0 series lead in the Western Conference Finals. In the loss, Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick was chased from the net, after allowing 4 goals on 17 shots. The Kings simply did not look ready for this game, as they were overwhelmed by a very deep Blackhawks team. After such a poor performance, can the Kings really come back from being down 2-0 against the President's Trophy winners?

The answer is: yes, but the Kings are going to need to change some aspects of their game.

First and foremost, the Kings need to score goals. Scoring two or fewer goals a game is not enough to take down the Blackhawks, with the likes of Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, and Patrick Sharp headlining the attack. Kings forwards Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown, and Jeff Carter are going to have to significantly elevate their offensive production if the Kings stand a chance at making a comeback. The Kings are a deep enough team where offensive production should not be an issue, but it has been, and it might end up costing them the series.

Another aspect that can really hurt the Kings' comeback effort is their health. Mike Richards was scratched last night after taking a monstrous hit from Chicago forward Dave Bolland in Game 1, and Drew Doughty was injured last night after taking an awkward ankle-on-ankle hit from Chicago forward Bryan Bickell. Though Doughty finished the game, there is no way that he is feeling 100% after taking that hit, as he appeared to be in a lot of pain after the play. The Kings need Doughty and Richards to be healthy going forward. These are two game-changing players, and losing them will hurt Los Angeles' depth tremendously. 

One thing to remember here is that the Kings are the defending Stanley Cup champions. They've been to the top before, and they know what it takes to get there again. Now that the series is going back to Los Angeles for Games 3 and 4, expect the Kings to fight back with everything they have. This series is not over; not by a long-shot.

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