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Blackhawks rally, end Kings' seven-game win streak

by Brian Hedger /

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks didn't have Duncan Keith or Marian Hossa, but they did have enough to defeat the Los Angeles Kings 4-2 at United Center on Monday, ending the Kings' seven-game winning streak.

Trailing 2-1 to start the third period, Chicago (7-5-0) scored three goals on 12 shots against Kings goalie Jonathan Quick and got 19 saves by goalie Corey Crawford in the third for its sixth straight win at home.

Crawford made 33 saves and is 6-3-0. Patrick Kane, Teuvo Teravainen and Artem Anisimov scored goals in the third. Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, Anisimov and Kane each had a goal and assist.

"They were playing really well," Crawford said of the Kings (7-4-0). "We knew it was going to be a tough game. We had a good first period. We just had two tough goals [allowed], but I thought we played well throughout the whole game. [We got] some key goals tonight, which made a difference."

Kane tied the game at 1:22 of the third. Quick, who made 22 saves, had won six straight games and posted a 1.31 goals-against average with a .955 save percentage during Los Angeles' streak.

He made 13 saves on 14 shots through the first two periods, including one in the first on a breakaway by Blackhawks rookie Artemi Panarin, but Chicago's pressure was eventually too much.

After Kane's goal to start the third, Teravainen put the Blackhawks up 3-2 at 9:02 off a no-look pass from Kane behind the net. Anisimov sealed it at 18:27 with his second shorthanded goal of the season.

Keith is recovering from surgery to repair a meniscal tear in his right knee and will be out at least three more weeks. Hossa is out because of an undisclosed lower-body injury, but might return against the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday at United Center.

Without Hossa on the top line, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville reconfigured his top two forward units. He put Panarin at left wing with the top group and Teravainen at left wing on Kane's line, which is centered by Anisimov.

Asked if Teravainen did enough to stay there, regardless of Hossa's status, Quenneville didn't waste words.

"I'm not changing a thing right now," he said.

It's the kind of answer the 21-year old Teravainen hoped to hear.

"I'm trying to get myself going," said Teravainen, who has three goals and four points in 11 games. "I know I haven't been my best lately, so I need to get focused on simple things. Get to the net, shoot to the net, skate hard and good things will come."

Los Angeles got goals by defenseman Alec Martinez and center Anze Kopitar, which were each scored in the first.

"If we could’ve made it 3-1, [it] probably would've made a big difference," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. "Just couldn't get the third goal. I go into every game like it's the last game. I just think we couldn't get the third goal and it was the difference in the game."

After the Kings missed on some close calls in the second, they were shut out in the third despite 19 shots and two power plays.

Anisimov scored during the second power play, but the Blackhawks used their penalty kill on the first Los Angeles man-advantage to spark a dominant three-minute stretch earlier in the third.

Panarin, who'd been assessed a slashing minor at 3:56, came out of the penalty box and got two shots that forced Quick to make difficult saves 20 seconds apart. The first was Panarin's second breakaway of the game, and despite not scoring, it set the stage for Chicago's next two goals.

Starting the play that ended with Teravainen's goal, Anisimov kept a play alive in the Kings' end of the ice to work the puck to Kane behind the net. Kane spotted Teravainen cruising toward the left post, put the puck on his stick and Teravainen's shot hit the back of the net before Quick could get to it.

Anismiov scored during a penalty kill with Ryan Garbutt in the box for holding. After Toews got him the puck with a precision pass, he broke in alone against Quick and deked to the forehand. He tucked the puck between Quick's right skate and the left post for his fifth goal and second off a shorthanded breakaway.

"[Toews] made a nifty play to [Anisimov]," Quenneville said. "We can't score on breakaways except for [Anisimov], so it was nice to see him finish it. He's been real good ... he's been an excellent fit for us."���������

Los Angeles will finish its two-game road trip at St. Louis on Tuesday.

"We have to put this one behind us," said Kopitar, whose goal in the first gave the Kings a 2-1 lead. "It definitely stinks. It's not a good feeling right now. We're going into a pretty tough building [Tuesday] night too. We have to make sure we're better prepared and ready to go."

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