CHI
46-21-15
LAK
46-28-8

30 SOG
34 SOG

Kings find offense, still lose to Blackhawks

Alex Kinkopf  - LAKings.com | Tuesday, 02.04.2014 / 1:53 AM

LOS ANGELES – They finally found the net, but couldn’t trigger the win column.

Coming into tonight, the Kings had scored a combined three goals in their previous six affairs. Tonight, they equaled that mark, scoring three goals on the Chicago Blackhawks, but were unable to stymie Chicago’s high-flying offensive tandem.

The Kings started the night shorthanded, as Drew Doughty took a penalty just :24 seconds into the game – only to see Chicago’s Patrick Kane give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead 1:02 into the night during their man-advantage opportunity.

Kane started and finished Chicago’s scoring tonight, and had three points (2G, 1A) in his first and only visit to STAPLES Center this season.

Brian Bickell put Chicago up 2-0 minutes after Kane’s opening tally, putting the finishing touches on a Blackhawks’ three-on-one odd-man rush.

Drew Doughty responded 1:08 after Bickell gave Chicago a two-goal lead, rocketing home a slap shot from the point to beat Corey Crawford for his eighth goal of the season with 10:08 left to play in the first period.

Anze Kopitar would tie the contest for the Kings early in the second period, sneaking a puck past Corey Crawford 6:30 into the second frame for his 17th goal of the season.

The Kings reached the two-goal mark for the first time in a single game since tallying three against Columbus on January 21, but still went into the third period tonight trailing the Blackhawks 3-2.

When the Kings find a way to score three goals, they’re nearly unstoppable, and posted a 19-3-0 record when reaching three goals in a single game this season.

The Kings would get that third goal from Tyler Toffoli, but only after Nick Leddy beat Jonathan Quick off of a deflected puck to give the Blackhawks a 4-2 lead with 12:59 to play, and after Kane sent home his second goal of the night, giving Chicago a 5-2 lead with 8:51 to play.

Toffoli knocked home a rebound for his 10th goal of the season, after Jeff Carter’s wrap-around popped out in front of the crease. Toffoli’s goal inched the Kings closer, to a 5-3 deficit with 8:18 remaining in regulation, but it was too little too late.

The Kings fell to Chicago 5-3 tonight, and have been swept by the Blackhawks in their season series, dropping all three meetings.

Signs of improvement were seen from the Kings tonight, as they’re now 1-8-1 in their last 10 games. The Kings pummeled the Blackhawks physically, outhitting them 36-10, winning 65% of the evening’s faceoff’s, and outshot Chicago 34-30.

Anze Kopitar, with three points (1G, 2A) tonight, recorded his third three-point performance of the season, and his 10th multi-point game.

The Kings have won just one of their past 10 games, and their record has now dropped to a 30-22-6 mark, which stands at 66 points, sitting them at sixth place in the Western Conference.

The Kings have one more game before the NHL takes a break for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics; they’ll host the Columbus Blue Jackets Thursday night at STAPLES Center.

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Scoring Summary
1st Period
01:02CHI PPG - Patrick Kane (26) Wrist shot - ASST: Jonathan Toews (35), Patrick Sharp (28) 1 - 0 CHI
08:44CHI Bryan Bickell (8) Slapshot - ASST: Patrick Kane (36), Andrew Shaw (12) 2 - 0 CHI
09:52LAK PPG - Drew Doughty (8) Slapshot - ASST: Slava Voynov (19), Anze Kopitar (28) 2 - 1 CHI
2nd Period
06:30LAK Anze Kopitar (17) Wrist shot - ASST: Jeff Carter (15), Tyler Toffoli (9) 2 - 2 Tie
13:51CHI Marcus Kruger (6) Tip-in - ASST: Nick Leddy (17), Ben Smith (10) 3 - 2 CHI
3rd Period
07:01CHI Nick Leddy (6) Slapshot - ASST: Marian Hossa (25), Kris Versteeg (19) 4 - 2 CHI
11:09CHI Patrick Kane (27) Tip-in - ASST: Patrick Sharp (29), Jonathan Toews (36) 5 - 2 CHI
11:42LAK Tyler Toffoli (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Jeff Carter (16), Anze Kopitar (29) 5 - 3 CHI
Three Stars of the Game
Patrick Kane
1st
Patrick Kane
G: 2Shots: 6
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 18:23
Anze Kopitar
2nd
Anze Kopitar
C
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 2Hits: 3
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 20:18
Nick Leddy
3rd
Nick Leddy
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 15:14
Penalty Summary
1st Period
00:24LAK Drew Doughty  Charging against  Patrick Sharp
02:31LAK Colin Fraser  Holding the stick against  Andrew Shaw
03:26CHI Patrick Sharp  Hi stick - double minor against  Willie Mitchell
09:01CHI Andrew Shaw  Roughing against  Dustin Brown
15:14LAK Slava Voynov  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
17:50LAK Dustin Brown  Interference against  Marcus Kruger
2nd Period
04:23CHI Niklas Hjalmarsson  Hooking against  Jeff Carter
08:54CHI Marian Hossa  Slashing against  Anze Kopitar
3rd Period
04:53LAK Matt Greene  Interference against  Ben Smith
shots by period
PeriodCHILAK
1st125
2nd715
3rd1114
Total3034
Team Stats
CategoryCHILAK
Power Plays1/51/5
Hits1036
Faceoff Wins2241
Giveaways921
Takeaways52
Blocked Shots911
Penalty Minutes1010
  • CHICAGO
  • LOS ANGELES
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
2D. KeithD0003026:00
4N. HjalmarssonD0000219:25
7B. SeabrookD0023022:46
8N. LeddyD1122015:14
10P. SharpL0202419:37
16M. KrugerC1012015:20
19J. ToewsC0203021:32
20B. SaadL0001014:09
23K. VersteegL0112012:11
27J. OduyaD0000018:46
28B. SmithR0110015:12
29B. BickellL101108:10
32M. RozsivalD0001014:00
37B. PirriC000109:29
52B. BolligL0000010:13
65A. ShawC0111213:40
81M. HossaR0112217:03
88P. KaneR2106018:23
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
50C. Crawford3134.91259:59
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
2M. GreeneD00-23213:41
6J. MuzzinD0003015:51
8D. DoughtyD1015229:12
10M. RichardsC00-22018:47
11A. KopitarC1203020:18
13K. CliffordL000106:23
14J. WilliamsR00-23017:23
21M. FrattinR000106:58
22T. LewisC0002014:49
23D. BrownR00-23217:05
24C. FraserC000027:16
26S. VoynovD01-10218:04
28J. StollC0001017:13
33W. MitchellD00-21022:56
44R. RegehrD00-10016:08
73T. ToffoliC1113016:07
74D. KingL0001014:52
77J. CarterC0202019:40
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
32J. Quick2530.83358:39