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Patrick Kane's 2 goals lead Blackhawks past slumping LA Kings 5-3 in West finals rematch

Tuesday, 02.04.2014 / 1:25 AM / News

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Patrick Kane's 2 goals lead Blackhawks past slumping LA Kings 5-3 in West finals rematch

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Patrick Kane had two goals and an assist, Nick Leddy had a goal and an assist, and the Chicago Blackhawks snapped their recent slump with a 5-3 victory over the struggling Los Angeles Kings on Monday night.

Marcus Kruger scored the tiebreaking goal on a double deflection in the second period for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who had lost five of six.

Bryan Bickell also scored and Corey Crawford made 31 saves as Chicago swept the three-game season series between last season's Western Conference finalists.

Anze Kopitar had a goal and two assists in Los Angeles' highest-scoring performance since Jan. 21. Drew Doughty and Tyler Toffoli also scored, and Jonathan Quick stopped 25 shots in the Kings' ninth loss in 10 games.

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