Blackhawks' Bryan Bickell couldn't strike twice on Kings' Jonathan Quick

Blackhawks forward Brian Bickell reacts after scoring against the Kings during Game 3 of the NHL...

Blackhawks forward Brian Bickell reacts after scoring against the Kings during Game 3 of the NHL Western Conference final at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, June 4, 2013. (MIKE BLAKE/Reuters)

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:57 PM ET

LOS ANGELES - Bryan Bickell knew what he was up against, even with a portion of the net open and a chance to send the game to anything-can-happen time.

But instead of sending the game to overtime, the big Chicago Blackhawks forward met the blocker of Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick and any chance of a stranglehold in the NHL Western Conference final disappeared off the leather.

With a shade over two minutes remaining and the Blackhawks down by one, Bickell – who scored the lone Chicago goal late in the second period – was all alone in front of Quick but couldn't finish. And he wouldn't be the first guy unable to do so against the lightning-quick Quick.

"I knew I had an open net but then it seems like he makes a handful of those saves in a series," said Bickell after the 3-1 loss (thanks to an empty-netter) that cut Chicago's series lead in half. "But give it to him, he didn't give up.

"If we would have gotten that one, we could have gone to OT and who knows what might have happened there."


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