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On the brink: LA Kings beat Blackhawks 5-2 with early goal barrage, take 3-1 West finals lead

Monday, 05.26.2014 / 11:45 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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On the brink: LA Kings beat Blackhawks 5-2 with early goal barrage, take 3-1 West finals lead

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Jake Muzzin, Marian Gaborik and captain Dustin Brown scored in a dominant first period, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 Monday night to take a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference final.

Muzzin and Drew Doughty each had a goal and an assist, and Jonathan Quick made 22 saves as the Kings moved to the brink of their second trip to the Stanley Cup Final in three seasons with their third straight win over the defending champion Blackhawks.

Brandon Saad and Bryan Bickell scored and Corey Crawford stopped 16 shots for the Blackhawks, who didn't get rolling until they trailed 4-0 late in the second period.

One year after Los Angeles lost the conference finals in five games to Chicago, the Kings have their own chance to close it out in five.

Game 5 is Wednesday in Chicago.

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