CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews each had a goal and an assist to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-2 victory over Los Angeles on Monday night, snapping the Kings’ seven-game winning streak.
Kane scored to tie it at 2, then set up Teuvo Teravainen’s tiebreaking goal in the third as Chicago scored three goals in the final period.
After taking Toews’ pass, Artem Anisimov added a short-handed breakaway goal with 1:33 left to complete the scoring, and the Blackhawks ended a two-game slide. Toews got his fifth goal in five games after not scoring in the opening seven contests to help Chicago win its sixth straight at home.
Alec Martinez scored his first goal of the season and Anze Kopitar got his fourth late in the first period to give the Kings a 2-1 lead.
Chicago’s Corey Crawford made 33 saves and Los Angeles’ Jonathan Quick stopped 22 shots.
Teravainen put Chicago ahead 3-2 at 9:02 of the third when he connected on a one-timer from the left edge of the crease. Kane fed him tape-to-tape with a behind-the-back, backhand pass from behind the net.
Earlier on Monday, Chicago sent slumping forward Bryan Bickell to Rockford of the AHL and recalled prospect Marko Dano.
The Blackhawks kept Kings hot line of Tyler Toffoli, Jeff Carter and Milan Lucic off the scoresheet. That trio had combined for 12 goals and nine assists in the previous five games.
Chicago played without veteran forward Marian Hossa, who sat out with an undisclosed injury, but coach Joel Quenneville said before the game he’s “hopeful” Hossa will return on Wednesday against St. Louis.
Toews opened the scoring 6:01 in, completing a 2-on-1 break with a low, one-timed shot from the slot off Ryan Garbutt’s centering pass from the left side.
But Martinez and Kopitar connected just over four minutes apart late in the first to give Los Angeles a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes.
Martinez beat Crawford with a screened shot from the top of the right circle that sailed just inside the left post with 5:21 left in the period. Kopitar was left uncovered has he cruised just outside the crease and batted in a rebound of Jake Muzzin’s shot from the left point with 1:17 remaining.
The teams traded a handful of prime chances in the scoreless second. Quick robbed Kane with a flashy glove save on a shot from the slot midway through the frame.
Kane tied it at 2 at 1:22 of the third with his seventh goal, on a nifty screened shot from the top of the left circle.
After weaving through center ice with the puck, Kane closed into the Los Angeles zone and fired a shot between Martinez’s legs. The puck sailed in over Quick’s glove.
Quick preserved the tie when he stopped rookie Artemi Panarin on a breakaway moments after Panarin had served a slashing call and left the penalty box.
NOTES: The 29-year-old Bickell has struggled since he was rewarded in June 2013 with a four-year contract extension that pays $4 million annually. He had no points in seven games this season after clearing waivers in early October. According to Quenneville, Bickell is not injured and needs to work on his consistency if he hopes to return to Chicago. … The 20-year-old Dano was acquired from Columbus on June 30 in a trade that sent Brandon Saad to the Blue Jackets. … Kings captain Dustin Brown is still looking for his first goal after 11 games. It’s his longest drought from the start of a season since the first 17 games of his 2003-04 rookie campaign. … The Kings lost on the road for the first time, dropping to 3-1 away from Los Angeles.
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