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Gaborik's two goals help Kings edge Blackhawks

by Curtis Zupke /

LOS ANGELES -- Marian Gaborik singlehandedly ended the Chicago Blackhawks' third-period stranglehold and got the Los Angeles Kings' homestand off on a high note.

Gaborik scored in the third period and at 2:04 of overtime to give the Kings a 3-2 win at Staples Center on Saturday.

Gaborik beat Chicago goalie Scott Darling on a breakaway with a wrist shot for his second goal of the game to complete the comeback for the Kings (14-8-1), who erased a 2-0 deficit in the third period and handed the Blackhawks (13-8-3) their first loss in 42 games when leading after two periods (42-0-1), dating to Game 7 of the 2014 Western Conference Final won by the Kings.

"We never thought that we weren't going to win," Gaborik said. "There was a no-quit atmosphere here and attitude, and we knew we could come back."

The Kings tied it 2-2 on Gaborik's first goal at 14:05 of the third. Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook lost the puck in front of his net and Anze Kopitar grabbed it and made a backhand pass that Gaborik converted.

It was Gaborik's fourth and fifth goals.

"Goal scorers build confidence by scoring goals," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. "Hopefully it's a jump start."

The frantic finish came after Chicago's Patrick Kane set the record for the longest point streak by an American-born player at 19 games. Kane scored on a shot to the upper right corner on the power play at 11:10 of the first after Duncan Keith nudged the puck to him in the slot.

It was Kane's 14th goal of the season and 11th of the streak. He had the secondary assist on Chicago's second goal.

Phil Kessel and Eddie Olczyk each had 18-game point streaks, for the Boston Bruins in 2008-09 and Toronto Maple Leafs in 1989-90, respectively. Kane tied Denis Savard (1985-86) for the second-longest streak in Blackhawks history; Bobby Hull had a 21-game streak in 1971-72.

"It's cool when you think about how many great American players have played the game and the two players that were at that 18-game point streak and what they've done in their careers," Kane said. "It's pretty cool right now, but it was kind of overshadowed by the loss.

"That's the way the League is right now. If we came out with a better effort there in the third, and tried to take it to them, I think we would have had a different result, but we just kind of sat back and they took it to us."

Jeff Carter scored 52 seconds into the third period to cut the deficit to 2-1. He got his own rebound and lifted a shot over Darling for his 10th goal.

Chicago took a 2-0 lead on Niklas Hjalmarsson's slap shot that beat Kings goalie Jonathan Quick glove side and banked off the post at 12:56 of the second. The sequence started when the Kings couldn't break out, and Keith worked the puck out of the corner to set up Hjalmarsson's first goal this season.

Chicago finished its "Circus Trip" 3-1-2 and came excruciating close to 4-1-1. Jonathan Toews shot wide on a breakaway in the waning seconds of regulation, and Seabrook had a near miss in overtime.

"Well, we got a point," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "We got our chance. [Toews] had a breakaway late, and we had two A-plus chances in overtime. They had some high quality as well, so it was a pretty good trip."

Keith has four goals and four assists in eight games since he returned from a knee injury.

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