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Strome scores two goals for Blackhawks in win against Kings

Lehner makes 38 saves to help Chicago end four-game losing streak, hand L.A. third straight loss

by Scott King / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Strome nets wicked wrister

LAK@CHI: Strome powers wrist shot past Campbell

Dylan Strome drags Alex DeBrincat's feed to the slot and rifles a wrister past Jack Campbell to give the Blackhawks an early 1-0 lead

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CHICAGO -- Dylan Strome had two goals and an assist to help the Chicago Blackhawks end a four-game losing streak with a 5-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings at United Center on Sunday.

"I think finding ways to get the puck, that's the biggest thing," Strome said. "Obviously, as a center, you have the puck probably the most of any guy on the ice. And when you're a wing, you don't get it as much, so you've got to kind of create ways to get the puck.

"Feel like I'm trying to do that a little bit better. Once you just get a little bit familiar with it, you can do it. I've never really played wing before -- maybe a few times last year and a few games [with the Arizona Coyotes]. But probably five games, under, combined in my life. So I'm trying to get used to it. Felt pretty good tonight."

 

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Robin Lehner made 38 saves for his second win in five starts for Chicago (3-5-2). Alex DeBrincat had a goal and two assists.

"It's a jolt of confidence to see the puck go in the net," Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton said. "To our credit, I thought we were pretty good defensively throughout. They got a few chances in the third.

"I thought we weren't quite as good in the third as we were in the first two periods, but we got a goal and we built on it and we kept playing. We had multiple lines that were giving us positive shifts. I thought habits were quite good playing in the offensive zone. That's what we need."

Video: LAK@CHI: DeBrincat connects with Strome for goal

Sean Walker scored for Los Angeles (4-8-0), which has lost three games in a row and six of eight.

"I don't know what the reason is," Kings captain Anze Kopitar said. "It's a combination of everything. Sometimes, a little bit of fatigue, sometimes it's just flat-out sloppiness, sometimes it's just flat-out stupidity. Sometimes, it's just being caught in between the old system and the new system (under first-year coach Todd McLellan). That combines into a lot of goals-against that we can't give up in order to win games."

Strome gave the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead at 2:33 of the first period, scoring from the slot off a pass from DeBrincat.

David Kampf made it 2-0 at 2:26 of the second. Alexander Nylander crashed the net and made a no-look, backhand pass while falling to Kampf, who scored his first goal of the season from in front of the crease.

Strome made it 3-0 at 15:55, scoring again from the slot off a backhand pass from DeBrincat.

"It's a little bit of a reset I think," DeBrincat said. "We know what we can do together, so trying to play some good, smart hockey and the bounces went our way today."

DeBrincat made it 4-0 at 19:02, shooting the puck between goalie Jack Campbell's pads from the slot off a pass by Strome from below the goal line.

"It wasn't going in there for a while, and we got bounces today, so if we keep doing that then we're going to keep scoring goals and keep winning games," DeBrincat said.

Walker made it 4-1 at 3:35 of the third period, scoring from the top of the right face-off circle off an Alex Iafallo pass off the boards.

Drake Caggiula gave Chicago a 5-1 lead with 2:07 remaining when the puck bounced off his skate and past Campbell.

Kings forward Nikolai Prokhorkin had three shots on goal and four hits in 14:28 in his NHL debut.

Campbell made 21 saves.

Video: LAK@CHI: Strome and DeBrincat combine for third time

 

They said it

"We find each other pretty easily. We were excited before the game to get back (on a line) together. He's obviously a great player. Tonight, he found me a few times, and I paid him back for one there in the slot. It was nice to be back on his line. A little different with [Ryan Carpenter] at center, but he's very easy to play with. It's fun to play with him." -- Blackhawks forward Dylan Strome on Alex DeBrincat

"This (four-game) trip was good because it let us know that there are some players that probably can't play in the League right now, so maybe we'll have to make some changes. There are some veterans who really have to pick up their play. We have to have a chat with them. The good sign about tonight's game was the will stayed with it in the third period. The woe-is-us and the big, fat lips that were on the bench in the second, they disappeared. So that's a good sign." -- Kings coach Todd McLellan

 

Need to know

The Kings have allowed 15 goals during the losing streak. ... DeBrincat ended a four-game point drought.

 

What's next

Kings: Host the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday (10:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SN360, SN1, FS-W, NHL.TV)

Blackhawks: At the Nashville Predators on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; FS-TN, NBCSCH, NHL.TV)

Video: Strome, DeBrincat power Blackhawks past Kings

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