Jeff Carter stayed hot and helped the Los Angeles Kings do the same in a 2-1 overtime win against the Chicago Blackhawks at Staples Center on Saturday.
Carter scored his fifth goal (and fourth game-winner) in the past five games at 1:06 of overtime to give the Kings their fifth straight win. They are 9-2-0 at home this season.
Seconds after Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook got out of the penalty box, Carter's wrist shot from the left faceoff circle went into the far corner of the net.
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"He definitely has his mojo going right now," said left wing Tanner Pearson, Carter's linemate. "This is Jeff Carter and we know how he plays. He is rolling right now, but we have to keep on doing our thing and he'll keep on doing his."
Alec Martinez had a goal and Peter Budaj made 18 saves for the Kings (12-9-1).
Video: CHI@LAK: Martinez whips wrister off the pipe and in
Patrick Kane scored a goal and Scott Darling made 27 saves for the Blackhawks (14-6-3), who playing their second straight game without injured captain Jonathan Toews. Chicago finished its "Circus Trip" 3-3-1, which is the Blackhawks' first losing record on the annual November trip since coach Joel Quenneville took over in 2008-09.
"There's probably two games where we could have played better, Winnipeg and Edmonton," said Darling, who is 4-0-1 in his five starts. "Other than that, I thought we really had quite a good effort every night. Tonight too, especially without the best player in the world, Jonathan Toews. The guys stepped up and they really filled the gap there."
Chicago took a 1-0 lead in the first period despite being outshot 13-4. The Blackhawks' first shot was by Kane, who redirected Duncan Keith's slap shot past Budaj at 11:21.
Chicago killed two Los Angeles power plays in the first and benefited from a coach's challenge. A goal by Kings right wing Tyler Toffoli 72 seconds into the game was overturned by a video review that determined goalie interference occurred when Pearson knocked Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson into Darling.
Los Angeles tied it 57 seconds into the second period on Martinez's shot from the right wing. The Kings again outshot the Blackhawks in the second by a margin of 11-7 and held a 24-11 edge in shots starting the third.
Neither team scored in the third, which had eight combined shots.
Goal of the game
After his initial shot was saved by Darling, Carter got the puck back from Toffoli and sent his next attempt over Darling's glove into the net.
Video: CHI@LAK: Carter rips overtime winner top-shelf
Save of the game
The Kings nearly followed Martinez's goal early in the second period with another one 3:33 later. Instead, Darling kept it 1-1 with a save against a long wrist shot by Trevor Lewis and two quick pad saves against Anze Kopitar from point-blank range.
Unsung moment of the game
Derek Forbort's stick snapped on a Blackhawks power play in the third period. But it was quickly replaced by Kopitar, who gave his own stick to the Kings defenseman as play continued. Los Angeles killed the power play to keep it 1-1.
Highlight of the game
Kane's goal took hand-eye coordination from the Blackhawks' leading scorer, who has eight goals and 15 assists. Keith's shot was off target to the left of the net, but Kane just got his stick on the puck before Forbort could react.
Video: CHI@LAK: Kane tips puck in to open scoring
They said it
"He's consistent. He's been good for us. He's big in the net, positionally aware, and gives us a chance to get points and win hockey games every time he's been in there." -- Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville on backup goalie Scott Darling
"He got better as the game went on. I think it's going to take some time. It's nine weeks … it's going to take some time." -- Kings coach Darryl Sutter on the return of left wing Marian Gaborik from a broken foot
Need to know
Forward Marian Gaborik made his season debut for the Kings after missing the first 21 games because of a broken foot sustained in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. … Kane moved past Bill Mosienko for eighth on the Blackhawks' all-time goal scoring list with 259 career goals. … Toews is day-to-day because of an upper-body injury. … Chicago defenseman Michal Kempny returned to the lineup after being scratched the past two games. … Blackhawks forward Jordin Tootoo missed the game after sustaining a lower-body injury against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday. Tootoo is day-to-day.
Blackhawks: Host the Florida Panthers on Tuesday (8:30 p.m. ET; CSN-CH, FS-F, NHL.TV)
Kings: Host the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV)
Video: Carter, Kings prevail in overtime against Blackhawks