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THREE THINGS: Chemistry, Parting Gift and Back in the Box

Three takeaways from Chicago's 5-1 win over Los Angeles on Sunday night

by Chris Kuc @ChrisKuc /

Dylan Strome had two goals and an assist, Alex DeBrincat a goal and two assists and David Kampf and Drake Caggiula also scored to lift the Blackhawks to a 5-1 victory over the Kings on Sunday night at the United Center.

Slater Koekkoek added two assists and Robin Lehner stopped 38 shots in goal as the Blackhawks snapped a four-game losing streak.

"Any time you go on a skid you want to end it as soon as possible," DeBrincat said. "I'm glad we could get the win and we just need to keep going with it."

The Blackhawks improved to 3-3-2 at home and 3-5-2 overall this season.

"(The win) probably lifted a bit of a load off of some of those guys' shoulders and now we have a little bit of positive reinforcement for some of the good things they've been doing," Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton said. "We've got a build on it, though. We've talked about consistency. I think part of the thing we want to do is when you play well and you don't get rewarded right away is to stick with it. If we continue to do that after getting a win maybe we can string a streak together."

Sean Walker scored for the Kings, who lost their third consecutive game and dropped to 4-8-0 on the season.

Video: Strome, DeBrincat power Blackhawks past Kings

Here are three takeways:


Strome and DeBrincat were reunited on a line and it paid huge dividends as the duo combined for six points.

"We kind of find each other pretty easily," Strome said. "We were excited before the game to get back together. He's obviously a great player. (Sunday night) he found me a few times and I payed him back for one there in the slot (in the second period). "It was nice to be back on his line."

DeBrincat and Strome have clicked while paired on the same line dating back to when they played for the Erie Otters of the OHL. They have shared similar success while skating together since Strome joined the Blackhawks last season.

"We know what we can do together so we're trying to play some good, smart hockey and bounces went our way," DeBrincat said.

Video: Strome on reuniting with DeBrincat


The win eased some pressure for the Blackhawks as they prepare for a difficult four-game road trip beginning Tuesday night in Nashville against the Predators. Other stops include Los Angeles and Anaheim before wrapping up the trip in San Jose.

"It's obviously not the easiest road trip with a few good teams that are playing well," Strome said. "San Jose has been playing pretty good of recent, Anaheim is doing great and Nashville is Nashville. Those teams are good teams and we have to go into tough buildings. Hopefully, we can go four of four on the road."

Said DeBrincat of Sunday's win: "It's really important. Gets the confidence up (and) know we can win before we're on the road. If we play a full 60 minutes we're going to have a good chance to win every night."

The Blackhawks are 0-2-0 on the road this season, including the season-opening loss to the Flyers in Prague and a 4-0 blanking by the Hurricanes on Saturday in Raleigh.

Colliton said winning before hitting the road "helps the mood (and) helps the energy. Guys can be happy on the plane (Monday) and then we get ready for a really big test in Nashville."

Video: Colliton on beating the Kings


For the first time in just over three games, Andrew Shaw was whistled for a minor penalty.

The forward leads the Blackhawks in penalty minutes with 14 and acknowledged he has left his team shorthanded too many times. With an eye on staying out of the box. Shaw did not receive a penalty during the Blackhawks' previous three games but was called for holding in the second period against the Kings.

Of his penalties, Shaw said that he believes he's gotten "the short end of the stick on a lot of them. But (I) bite my tongue (and) go to the box."

Colliton said recently that officials have been unfairly whistling Shaw for penalties due to his reputation of sometimes crossing the line.

"It's something he's got to be aware of, but I also think he's got a bulls-eye on him," Colliton said. "If I go back through all the penalties he's taken, he probably earned a couple and he probably earned them five years ago. That's something he's got to deal with. We want him to play hard. I think we can handle the ones where he's running people over-we'll kill those off. Obviously, the stick penalties and stuff we don't want. But he's playing hard for the team."

Shaw agreed that his reputation has preceded him at times this season.

"I think the referees no matter the history of a player they should call the game as it is," Shaw said. "If there's a penalty, call a penalty. If there's not a penalty, let it go. Yeah, I might have been vocal in my younger days but the past three years I've been trying to clean it up a little bit and just take my penalties when I get them. I must have dug myself a really deep hole and I've been trying to climb out of it since."

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