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Blackhawks end road woes with win against Kings

Toews' power-play goal with 1:58 stops Chicago's seven-game skid

by Dan Greenspan / NHL.com Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- The Chicago Blackhawks ended a seven-game road losing streak with a 5-3 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Saturday.

Jonathan Toews scored a power-play goal with 1:58 remaining for the Blackhawks (28-29-8, 64 points), who trailed 3-1 in the third period. Artem Anisimov had a power-play goal, and Jordan Oesterle and Vinnie Hinostroza also scored. 

Patrick Kane had an empty-net goal and two assists. Anton Forsberg made 29 saves. 

 

[WATCH: All Blackhawks vs. Kings highlights]

 

Chicago is 12 points behind the Anaheim Ducks for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.

"It definitely doesn't hurt your confidence when you can find ways to win games coming from behind on the road against a team like them," said Toews, who also had an assist and ended a stretch of five games without a point.

Video: CHI@LAK: Anisimov buries rebound for power-play goal

Tanner Pearson and Alex Iafallo each scored for the second straight game for the Kings (36-24-5, 77 points), who had won three in a row and are two points behind the San Jose Sharks for second place in the Pacific Division. Alec Martinez also scored, and Jonathan Quick made 20 saves.

The Kings took a 3-1 lead at 17:48 of the second when Iafallo stole the puck from Duncan Keith and scored with a shot under Forsberg's glove for his third goal in two games. 

Anisimov made it 3-2 at 10:48 of the third period, scoring in the second half of a double-minor against Drew Doughty for hooking and unsportsmanlike conduct.

After Hinostroza tied it 3-3 at 14:24, Toews gave the Blackhawks a 4-3 lead at 18:02 following an offensive-zone hooking penalty against Pearson. Kane scored at 19:57.

Video: CHI@LAK: Hinostroza slips puck past Quick to tie game

"Come on, let's not deny the white elephant in the room here. Totally undisciplined play let them back in the hockey game. Totally unacceptable," Kings coach John Stevens said. "If you can write a script for losing hockey games, we just wrote it."

It was the Blackhawks' fourth win when trailing after two periods (4-21-2). 

"It's something I think a lot of us are used to, when we can pop a couple late and put some pressure on and our confidence just builds. We all felt that tonight," Toews said. "Hopefully it's the type of thing we can keep going and keep moving forward with that same type of effort."

Pearson tied it 1-1 at 4:27 of the second period, and Martinez put the Kings ahead 2-1 at 6:21. Dustin Brown got his 300th NHL assist on the goal.

Video: CHI@LAK: Brown earns 300th assist on Martinez's goal

Los Angeles fell to 20-2-1 when leading after the second period.

"Emotions run high this time of year. We all obviously want to contribute, play hard, but you have to do it within the rule book, and we didn't do that today," Kings captain Anze Kopitar said. 

Oesterle gave the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead at 13:11 of the first period. 

The Blackhawks had a goal late in the first overturned when the Kings challenged that Matthew Highmore interfered with Quick after David Kampf deflected Patrick Sharp's shot.

 

Goal of the game 

Toews' goal at 18:02 of the third period.

Video: CHI@LAK: Toews buries go-ahead goal on the power play

 

Save of the game

Forsberg's save against Tobias Rieder at 6:15 of the first period.

Video: CHI@LAK: Forsberg makes solid save on Rieder

 

Highlight of the game

Iafallo's goal 17:48 of the second period.

Video: CHI@LAK: Iafallo steals puck, fires home wrister

 

They said it

"That's a great team over there, and it says a lot about our team in here to go down like that and come back. It feels really good to have a team win like that." -- Blackhawks forward Vinnie Hinostroza

 

"You give them life in that situation, they are going to come back and bite you. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith are really proud guys, and you open the door they are going to walk through it." -- Kings coach John Stevens

 

Need to know

Kane has five points (one goal, four assists) during a three-game point streak. He has nine points (three goals, six assists) in his past six games. ... Kopitar has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past five games.

 

What's next

Blackhawks: At the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday (4 p.m. ET; NBCSNCH, NHLN, PRIME, NHL.TV)

Kings: Host the Washington Capitals on Thursday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSWA, FS-W, SN, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Hawks score four unanswered for 5-3 win against Kings

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