"It was one of those nights," said Marian Hossa. "Their goalie played unbelievable. ... Basically, he won the game for them.
"It was one of those nights when their goalie was really hot and we couldn't get a puck behind him."
The Hawks weren't making excuses, even as coach Joel Quenneville made the case afterward that both the Kings' goals should have been waved off for interference in the crease. The first, in the second period, was a true scrum in which Corey Crawford (who had a stellar night otherwise) couldn't cover it while sprawling on the ice. The second, a period later, found defenseman Nick Leddy blocking a shot while sprawled on the ice, only to have the puck come loose, and the Kings scored on the rebound.
The Hawks had their chances, especially in the third period, when they cranked up the intensity, exhorted by the crowd of 22,066, but Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick was true to his name.
"The puck wouldn't go in tonight," said captain Jonathan Toews. "It's frustrating when it won't go in.
"They played exactly the way we expected them to," he added. "It's tough to lose that way, getting shut out in your own building."
Yet there was nothing for the Hawks to do but go on to Friday against their archrival, the Detroit Red Wings, and hope for better puck luck.