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Blackhawks 3, Kings 2, OT

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:39 AM

Associated Press

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Blackhawks 3, Kings 2, OT
Chicago Blackhawks 3, Los Angeles Kings 2

LOS ANGELES (AP) -The Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks both sit at the bottom of the Western Conference standings and show little sign of escaping the cellar anytime soon.

Chicago defenseman Lasse Kukkonen scored 57 seconds into overtime and the Blackhawks also got goals from Martin Havlat and Jeff Hamilton to beat the Kings 3-2 on Thursday night in a matchup of the Western Conference's worst teams.

The Blackhawks have the longest current championship drought among the NHL's original six teams. The Kings have never won a Stanley Cup title since joining the NHL in 1967.

Los Angeles is the only team out West with a worse record than the Blackhawks. The Kings have allowed the most goals in the conference, while Chicago has scored the fewest. The Blackhawks already have used 14 rookies this season. The Kings have employed five goaltenders.

"This was a game of bottom dwellers," Chicago center Bryan Smolinski said. "We've gone through a lot of injuries and a lot of adversity. So it has been hard. We're just trying to win hockey games. We don't care about the Kings. They have their own problems."

Nikolai Khabibulin made 31 saves for the Blackhawks, who have won two in a row after losing 10 straight.

Alexander Frolov and newly acquired Jamie Lundmark scored for Los Angeles, both on fluke bounces. The Kings have lost 10 of 11 and five straight at home. Their 41 points are the fewest in the conference and four shy of Chicago.

Lundmark, playing in his second game since being acquired from Calgary for Craig Conroy, was credited with the tying goal with 12:51 left. He chipped the puck away from defenseman Jassen Cullimore in the left corner and Cullimore retrieved it, but inadvertently banked it into the net off Khabibulin.

"It was definitely big for me," Lundmark said. "It's been a rough season so far in the goal department, to get one like that was big. Obviously, it was a lucky goal but I'll take it."

Chicago pulled out the win when Denis Arkhipov got the puck from Tuomo Ruutu in the right corner and fed it out to the slot, where Kukkonen beat Sean Burke for his fifth goal and first in 13 games.

"We tried to get it deep, and Arkhipov was yelling when I was going by the net. He just made a great pass," Kukkonen said.

Smolinski won all 13 of his faceoffs in the first two periods and 16 of 21 overall against his former team.

The Blackhawks began their seven-game road trip with a league-worst power-play percentage of 10.9, against a penalty-killing unit that was the second-worst in the league at 77.4 percent. Kings captain Mattias Norstrom was serving an interference penalty when Hamilton put Chicago ahead 2-1 at 10:29 of the second period.

Frolov and Havlat traded goals 77 seconds apart early in the first period. Frolov was credited with his 26th when his intended pass for Michael Cammalleri from behind the net banked in off the chest of defenseman James Wisniewski. Havlat then flipped his 16th goal over Burke's right shoulder from the low slot after Brian Willsie and Lubomir Visnovsky fanned on clearing attempts.

"The key was not letting them get their momentum going," Smolinski said. "I know they've got some skilled guys and some great veteran leadership. But we kept them at bay and played a good solid road game, and were fortunate enough to get that last break."

Notes: Kings rookie C Anze Kopitar lost all nine of his faceoffs through the first two periods and was 1-for-11 overall. ... This was the first meeting this season between the Kings and Blackhawks, who will face each other three more times in an 18-day span during March. ... Chicago RW Radim Vrbada came in with seven goals in 134 shots on net for a 5.22 shooting percentage - the lowest among players who have taken at least 100 shots. ... Kings D Aaron Miller has played 132 games since his last goal, a drought that began after he beat Burke on Nov. 27, 2003, at Phoenix. Miller hasn't scored at home since April 4, 2002.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:16
LAK
Alex Frolov (26) Wrist shot - ASST: Mike Cammalleri (27)
1 - 0 LAK
02:33
CHI
Marty Havlat (16) Wrist shot - ASST: Jassen Cullimore (5), Bryan Smolinski (19)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
10:29
CHI
PPG - Jeff Hamilton (13) Slapshot - ASST: Cam Barker (2), Marty Havlat (19)
2 - 1 CHI
3rd Period
07:09
LAK
Jamie Lundmark (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Lubomir Visnovsky (27), Brent Sopel (14)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
00:57
CHI
Lasse Kukkonen (5) Slapshot - ASST: Denis Arkhipov (9), Tuomo Ruutu (14)
3 - 2 CHI
penalty summary
1st Period
04:07
CHI
Radim Vrbata  Hooking against  Anze Kopitar
09:13
LAK
Kevin Dallman  Tripping against  Marty Havlat
11:19
LAK
Aaron Miller  Hi-sticking against  Tuomo Ruutu
11:19
LAK
Aaron Miller  Hi-sticking against  Tuomo Ruutu
14:21
LAK
Brian Willsie  Hooking against  Marty Havlat
15:32
CHI
Patrick Sharp  Tripping against  Tom Kostopoulos
2nd Period
02:07
LAK
Sean Avery  Hi-sticking against  Lasse Kukkonen
02:07
LAK
Sean Avery  Hi-sticking against  Lasse Kukkonen
07:17
LAK
Aaron Miller  Hooking against  Radim Vrbata
10:03
LAK
Mattias Norstrom  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
11:46
CHI
Duncan Keith  Interference against  Dustin Brown
15:37
CHI
Martin Lapointe  Holding against  Alex Frolov
19:15
CHI
Denis Arkhipov  Holding against  Aaron Miller
3rd Period
01:16
CHI
Patrick Sharp  Hooking against  Brent Sopel
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 33TOI: 60:57
Saves: 31EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 11
SV%: .939SH: 1 - 1
Sean Burke
SA: 31TOI: 60:53
Saves: 28EV: 17 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 11
SV%: .903SH: 1 - 1