NHL playoffs: Blackhawks fall to Kings 4-3
LOS ANGELES — Winger Jeff Carter had a goal and two assists and defenseman Drew Doughty had a goal and an assist to lead the Los Angeles Kings past the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Saturday night in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals.
The victory gave Los Angeles a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series that continues with Game 4 on Monday at the Staples Center.
Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick stopped 24 Chicago shots.
Trailing 2-1 entering the second period, the Kings took the lead after 40 minutes on two goals from a line centered by Jeff Carter and wingers Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson.
Los Angeles evened the score on Carter’s eighth goal of the playoffs at 8:08 of the second period. He took a feed from Pearson inside of Chicago center Michal Handzus and tapped home a shot from 10 feet.
Toffoli gave the Kings their first lead of the game with his sixth goal of the postseason at 14:19 of the second period. Toffoli took a pass from Carter and sped past the Chicago defense to beat Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford with a wrist shot. Defenseman Willie Mitchell was credited with the secondary assist.
Doughty added an insurance goal at 11:57 of the third period on a slap shot from inside the Chicago blue line as a penalty was expiring to Chicago defenseman Michal Rosival.
Blackhawks center Patrick Sharp added a goal at 19:57 of the third period to finish the scoring.
Chicago broke on top with an unassisted short-handed goal by center Jonathan Toews at 5:26 of the first period. Toews stole the puck from Los Angeles winger Justin Williams at Chicago blue line and beat Quick with a perfectly placed wrist shot from 30 feet for his seventh goal of the postseason.
The Kings quickly evened the score at 6:16 on the same power play with defenseman Slava Voynov’s second goal of the playoffs. His slap shot cleanly beat Crawford from 35 feet, with Carter and Doughty drawing assists.
Toews put Chicago ahead with his second goal of the period and ninth of the playoffs at 13:19. He cashed in on a rebound of a shot by Rosival, with winger Marian Hossa drawing the secondary assist.
Crawford stopped 28 Los Angeles shots in the loss.