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Blackhawks lose to Kings in OT but gain in Western wild card

Doughty scores on power play with 12 seconds remaining

by Dan Greenspan / NHL.com Correspondent

Doughty's overtime winner

CHI@LAK: Doughty's PPG gives Kings overtime win

Drew Doughty one-times Anze Kopitar's feed past Corey Crawford on the power play, sealing the Kings' win in overtime

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LOS ANGELES -- The Chicago Blackhawks gained ground in the Western Conference wild-card race despite losing 3-2 in overtime to the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Saturday.

Chicago trails the Colorado Avalanche by six points for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs with four games remaining.  

Drew Doughty scored a power-play goal on a slap shot from the blue line with 12 seconds remaining for the Kings (29-40-9), who swept the three-game season series. Jack Campbell made 33 saves.

 

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Erik Gustafsson and Alex DeBrincat scored for the Blackhawks (34-33-11), who are 2-4-1 in their past seven games following a five-game winning streak. Corey Crawford made 26 saves.

Video: CHI@LAK: Amadio snaps shot to tie game late in 3rd

Doughty's winner came after Jonathan Toews was sent to the penalty box for holding Anze Kopitar. It was Doughty's 25th NHL game-winning goal, which tied Alex Frolov and Charlie Simmer for 10th place in Kings history. 

"Weren't able to come through on the power play, they come through at the end on the power play, so you can look at a lot of little differences and details that end up deciding the game," Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane said. 

Michael Amadio tied it 2-2 for the Kings with 4:15 remaining in the third period with a wrist shot from the slot that beat Crawford stick side. 

There were multiple defensive breakdowns on the play, Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton said. Kings defenseman Alec Martinez was standing alone at the foot of the crease but was unable to get his stick on the centering pass from Kyle Clifford. The puck then went to Amadio, who was unmarked in the slot and scored his fifth goal.  

"We just had missed coverage in D-zone and they were in a pretty good spot to score," Colliton said. "Both the goals I thought were a couple mental mistakes we made and allowed them to get a chance when I thought -- I'm not saying we were great, but I thought we were better than them and we gave them a couple goals."

Gustafsson gave the Blackhawks a 2-1 lead at 3:09 of the third period on a slap shot from the blue line over Campbell's left shoulder. 

The Blackhawks took a 1-0 lead at 1:38 of the second period when DeBrincat scored his 41st goal. Martinez tried to break up DeBrincat's pass to Kane but inadvertently send the puck back for a tap-in at the near post. 

DeBrincat has three goals in his past two games.  

Kane got his 105th point of the season with the primary assist and is one point shy of his NHL career-high of 106 in 2015-16.  

Austin Wagner tied it up 1-1 at 16:05 with his 12th goal, speeding past two defenders for a breakaway and a wrist shot into the roof of the net.   

"The speed is such a big part of the game and every once in a while he just takes off and he makes something out of nothing," Kings coach Willie Desjardins said. "It wasn't that there was anything there. He just made it there because of his speed, and he just about had another later, too, where he did the same thing. It's great. I think all the guys wish that they had those wheels, makes it easier."

Video: EA Sports Overtime Winner: Doughty wins it for Kings

 

They said it

"You never know when a game's on the line. The game is always on the line, and if you let down for five, 10 seconds and get loose or soft or not sharp you get punished, so that's kind of what happened, even though we did a lot of good things. It don't matter if you don't put it all together." -- Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton

"He's come a long way from the start of the year. Start of the year, looked like he's been playing in the American [Hockey] League, and when he got his chance up here he's played well." -- Kings coach Willie Desjardins on forward Austin Wagner

 Video: CHI@LAK: Wagner turns on jets, goes top shelf

 

Need to know

Kopitar, who played in his 999th NHL game, had an assist and has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in his past eight games. … Kings forward Jeff Carter had an assist to reach the 20-assist mark for the 10th time in 14 NHL seasons. … Amadio has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past six games. … Kane has 11 points (one goal, 10 assists) in his past 14 games. … Blackhawks forward David Kampf sustained a dental injury after being struck by a puck while killing a penalty in the first period. … Blackhawks forward Drake Caggiula played for the first time since sustaining a concussion against the Anaheim Ducks on Feb. 27 that caused him to miss 13 games. He had four shots in 16:53. 

 

What's next

Blackhawks: Host the Winnipeg Jets on Monday (8:30 p.m. ET; WGN, TSN3, NHL.TV)

Kings: Host the Calgary Flames on Monday (10 p.m. ET; PRIME, SNW, NHL.TV)

Video: Kings rally to beat Blackhawks in OT

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