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Kings 4, Blackhawks 2

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:48 AM

Associated Press

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Kings 4, Blackhawks 2
Los Angeles Kings 4, Chicago Blackhawks 2

CHICAGO (AP) - Perfect penalty killing was the difference again for the Los Angeles Kings.

The Kings were 6-for-6 in short-handed situations and beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 Friday night.

Los Angeles has turned away 21 straight power-play chances by opponents - including a 5-on-3 against the Blackhawks - and has not allowed a power-play goal in three games. The last time the Kings were touched up for a man-advantage goal was midway through the second period of a 4-0 loss at Phoenix on Nov. 3.

"Our penalty killing came up very big for us when we needed it in the second period," Los Angeles coach Andy Murray said. "It's common knowledge that your best penalty killer is your goalie. He was really there for us when we needed him."

Mathieu Garon made 23 saves in his eighth game of the season. He entered the game with a 2-3 record and 3.24 goals-against average. He's been overshadowed in Los Angeles this season by rookie Jason LaBarbera, who is 8-2-1 with a 2.44 GAA.

Garon stepped into the limelight against the Blackhawks.

"This is what you want to show every time," Garon said. "I think we played good. We killed a lot of penalties."

Los Angeles center Jeremy Roenick, formerly of the Blackhawks, said Garon's effort gave the Kings a boost as they improved to 11-5-1 and remained atop the Pacific Division.

"LaBarbera has really come in and grabbed all the attention," Roenick said. "He (Garon) needed to come out and have a solid effort. Mathieu came in and made a statement tonight."

The Kings' Eric Belanger had a goal and assist, and Michael Cammalleri, Alexander Frolov and Craig Conroy also scored for Los Angeles.

Brent Seabrook and Mikael Holmqvist scored for the Blackhawks, who got 23 saves from Nikolai Khabibulin.

"I don't think you can fault him on any of the goals," Blackhawks coach Trent Yawney said. "I thought we played a solid game and didn't get the results again. We made a couple of mistakes late in the first period and that shifted the momentum."

Seabrook opened the scoring with 5:13 left in the first period when his screened wrist shot from the point struck Garon and deflected in.

Belanger tied it 1-1 with 1:37 remaining in the first. From just outside the crease, he chipped a rebound of Jeff Cowan's shot from right wing between Khabibulin's pads.

Cammalleri's deflection with just 5.3 seconds left in the period put Los Angeles ahead 2-1. As he cut through the slot, Cammalleri redirected Dustin Brown's feed from the left boards past Khabibulin's glove.

Frolov made it 3-1 at 1:54 of the second as the Kings capitalized on a failed Chicago clearing attempt. Belanger picked up a loose puck just inside the blue line, skated to the net, then passed across the slot to Frolov, who fired into an open net.

Conroy's power-play goal with 1:40 left in the second period extended the lead to 4-1. His pass attempt across the crease was blocked by Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith. But the puck bounced back onto Conroy's stick and he fired a shot over Khabibulin's shoulder.

Holmqvist completed the scoring with nine seconds left.

Notes: Conroy has scored in three straight games. ... Los Angeles C Derek Armstrong sat out with a recurring groin injury. He played Wednesday in Colorado after missing five straight games. ... Kings D Mike Weaver missed his fifth game with a broken foot, but is scheduled to rejoin the team Saturday in Columbus. ... Belanger's goal was his 50th with the Kings. ... Chicago D Jassen Cullimore missed his second straight game because of the flu.

scoring summary
1st Period
14:47
CHI
Brent Seabrook (3) Slapshot - ASST: Martin Lapointe (7)
1 - 0 CHI
18:23
LAK
Eric Belanger (4) Snap shot - ASST: Nathan Dempsey (2), Jeff Cowan (1)
1 - 1 Tie
19:54
LAK
Mike Cammalleri (4) Tip-in - ASST: Dustin Brown (6), Mattias Norstrom (3)
2 - 1 LAK
2nd Period
01:54
LAK
Alex Frolov (8) Snap shot - ASST: Eric Belanger (5)
3 - 1 LAK
18:20
LAK
PPG - Craig Conroy (7) Snap shot - ASST: Jeremy Roenick (3), Lubomir Visnovsky (14)
4 - 1 LAK
3rd Period
19:51
CHI
Michael Holmqvist (3) Snap shot - ASST: Todd Simpson (1)
4 - 2 LAK
penalty summary
1st Period
00:27
LAK
Mike Cammalleri  Hooking
04:27
LAK
Sean Avery  Hooking
08:37
CHI
Todd Simpson  Interference against  Sean Avery
11:52
CHI
Kyle Calder  Hi-sticking against  Tim Gleason
16:21
CHI
Matt Ellison  Hooking
2nd Period
06:13
LAK
Mattias Norstrom  Holding
10:10
LAK
Sean Avery  Interference on goalkeeper against  Nikolai Khabibulin
11:35
LAK
Pavol Demitra  Tripping against  Mark Bell
14:12
LAK
Aaron Miller  Tripping against  Matthew Barnaby
16:17
CHI
Tyler Arnason  Holding
18:10
CHI
Brent Seabrook  Hi-sticking
3rd Period
09:09
CHI
Todd Simpson  Fighting (maj) against  George Parros
09:09
LAK
George Parros  Fighting (maj) against  Todd Simpson
12:45
CHI
Matthew Barnaby  Roughing
14:14
CHI
Adrian Aucoin  Roughing against  Alex Frolov
goalie stats
Mathieu Garon
SA: 34TOI: 59:58
Saves: 32EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 12
SV%: .941SH: 2 - 2
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
Saves: 23EV: 14 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 10
SV%: .852SH: 0 - 0