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|LAK||2||2||0||1||(0 - 0)||5|
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Defenseman Joe Corvo pulled the Los Angeles Kings out of their longest losing streak of the season.
Corvo scored on a power play 40 seconds into overtime and the Kings snapped a seven-game skid with a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday.
Corvo, Craig Conroy and Tom Kostopoulos each had a goal and an assist. Pavol Demitra scored a short-handed goal and Eric Belanger extended his goal-scoring streak to three games, helping Los Angeles win for only the fourth time in their last 16 games.
"It was absolutely necessary to win this game," Corvo said. "I mean, I've been moping around and the team's been moping around. It just seems like everything was going wrong. So we just had to have this one. I'm sure a lot of guys on the bench had an idea on the bench like, 'Here we go again.' But I don't think we were going to be denied this one."
Martin Lapointe scored the tying goal midway through the third period and Rene Bourque also scored for Chicago. Tyler Arnason and defenseman Brent Seabrook had power-play goals for the Blackhawks, who came in with the league's worst power-play percentage and were 3-for-40 with the man advantage their previous nine games.
The Kings, struggling to hang on to the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot, blew a 4-2 lead in the third period as Arnason and Lapointe each scored their 13th goal of the season. Lapointe got the equalizer on a 30-foot wrist shot from the right circle that beat a screened Jason LaBarbera between the pads with 10:22 left in regulation.
Kings coach Andy Murray replaced LaBarbera with Mathieu Garon, who faced only two shots the rest of the way.
"It's not normal that you change your goalie with 10 minutes to go in the game, but you're trying to do whatever you can to win and you do what you think is right," Murray said. "I'm probably not as disappointed as Jason is, but we need good goaltending - and it's been somewhat inconsistent."
Corvo pulled out the victory with his 13th goal and third game-winner - a 25-foot slap shot that beat Craig Anderson high to the glove side while Matthew Barnaby was serving a delay-of-game penalty for clearing the puck over the glass.
"I was pretty confident that Pavol was going to get it through to me," Corvo said. "As it was coming to me, for some reason, that's where I knew I was going to shoot from. I picked my head up right before I shot and put it right over his shoulder."
Anderson, obviously upset over the power-play goal and the penalty that led to it, received a 10-minute misconduct for displaying his anger with referees Bill McCreary and Chris Lee.
"I didn't throw the puck hard at all," Barnaby said. "I was just trying to flip it out of the zone. I saw there was no defense there and I was just praying for the puck to stay in."
Demitra opened the scoring at 8:44 of the first period with his team-high 21st goal, while teammate Sean Avery was off for hooking Jim Dowd. Seabrook tied it just 19 seconds later with his fifth goal, a 40-foot slap shot that broke off LaBarbera's pads with 29 seconds still remaining on Avery's penalty.
The Kings regained the lead 2 1/2 minutes before the first intermission. Avery carried the puck down the left boards and made a flip pass toward the net, where Kostopoulos redirected it in midair past Anderson's glove. The goal was upheld by the video judge, who ruled that Kostopoulos' stick was below the crossbar when he made contact.
Conroy made it 3-1 at 1:09 of the second with his 19th goal, tipping in Corvo's one-timer from the top of the left circle while Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith was off for hooking Demitra.
The Blackhawks responded less than 2 1/2 minutes later with Bourque's 10th goal, but Belanger restored the Kings' two-goal margin at 17:29 of the second period with his 14th of the season.
Notes: The Kings honored Jim Fox in a 10-minute pregame ceremony for his 25 years with the organization. He is their seventh all-time leading point scorer, and is in his 16th season as the team's TV analyst. ... The Blackhawks conclude their six-game road trip Sunday at Anaheim before beginning their Olympic break. None of their players will be going to the Turin Games as a result of injuries to G Nikolai Khabibulin and C Tuomo Ruutu. ... Los Angeles was without defenseman Mattias Norstrom, who was scratched for the second straight game because of a cervical strain. ... The Kings have allowed at least one power-play goal in 10 straight games and have allowed 23 during that stretch - including a club-record five in Tuesday's 5-1 loss at Minnesota.
|SHG - Pavol Demitra (21) Slapshot - ASST: Craig Conroy (36)|
1 - 0 LAK
|PPG - Brent Seabrook (5) Slapshot - ASST: Radim Vrbata (10), Martin Lapointe (13)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Tom Kostopoulos (6) Tip-in - ASST: Sean Avery (19)|
2 - 1 LAK
|PPG - Craig Conroy (19) Tip-in - ASST: Joe Corvo (17), Lubomir Visnovsky (39)|
3 - 1 LAK
|Rene Bourque (10) Slapshot - ASST: Kyle Calder (26)|
3 - 2 LAK
|Eric Belanger (14) Wrist shot - ASST: Tom Kostopoulos (11), Tim Gleason (17)|
4 - 2 LAK
|PPG - Tyler Arnason (13) Tip-in - ASST: Radim Vrbata (11), James Wisniewski (2)|
4 - 3 LAK
|Martin Lapointe (13) Slapshot - ASST: Andy Hilbert (2), Patrick Sharp (9)|
4 - 4 Tie
|PPG - Joe Corvo (13) Slapshot - ASST: Pavol Demitra (32), Lubomir Visnovsky (40)|
5 - 4 LAK
|Andy Hilbert Diving against George Parros|
|Danny Richmond Fighting (maj) against Tom Kostopoulos|
|Tom Kostopoulos Fighting (maj) against Danny Richmond|
|Sean Avery Hooking against Craig Anderson|
|Rene Bourque Slashing against Joe Corvo|
|Tim Gleason Unsportsmanlike conduct against Matthew Barnaby|
|Matthew Barnaby Unsportsmanlike conduct against Tim Gleason|
|Duncan Keith Hooking against Pavol Demitra|
|Matthew Barnaby Fighting (maj) against Tim Gleason|
|Tim Gleason Fighting (maj) against Matthew Barnaby|
|Mark Bell Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Tom Kostopoulos Hooking against Radim Vrbata|
|Lubomir Visnovsky Interference against Michael Holmqvist|
|Martin Lapointe Hooking against Tom Kostopoulos|
|Curtis Brown Slashing against Luc Robitaille|
|Eric Belanger Hooking against Danny Richmond|
|Sean Avery Roughing against Brent Seabrook|
|Brent Seabrook Roughing against Sean Avery|
|Sean Avery Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Matthew Barnaby Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Craig Anderson Misconduct (10 min)|