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Blackhawks 4, Kings 3, SO @NHL

LOS ANGELES (AP) -Tuomo Ruutu scored the tying goal in the third period and Nikita Alexeev netted the deciding goal in the seventh round of the shootout, giving the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.

Alexeev and Denis Arkhipov scored first-period goals for the Blackhawks, who have won four of five - including two in shootouts. Nikolai Khabibulin made 24 saves.

Jamie Lundmark and Brian Willsie scored less than 3 1/2 minutes apart to erase an early two-goal deficit, and Scott Thornton also had a goal for the Kings, who have an NHL-worst 14 losses after regulation.

Ruutu tied it with 8:07 left in regulation, carrying the puck out from behind the net and putting a backhander past goalie Sean Burke's left skate for his 16th goal. It was one of only three shots by Chicago in the third period - one fewer than the Kings.

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