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Chicago
Blackhawks
40-34-8

28 SOG
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game recap

Blackhawks 6, Kings 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

Associated Press

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Blackhawks 6, Kings 3
Los Angeles Kings 3, Chicago Blackhawks 6
Kings center Patrick O'Sullivan scores past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin during the second period on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

CHICAGO (AP) -The Blackhawks' big-time scorers were on target against the Los Angeles Kings. Their big hitters found their marks, too.

Chicago used some key early hits to set the tone, then clicked on offense in a 6-3 victory Wednesday night. They jumped to a 3-0 lead and stayed in control throughout.

Martin Havlat scored twice, and Patrick Sharp and rookie Jonathan Toews each had a goal and two assists to help the Blackhawks end a season-high, four-game losing streak.

Tuomo Ruutu and Duncan Keith also scored for Chicago in a physical contest punctuated with several open-ice hits and a pair of fights. Patrick Kane, the NHL's leading rookie scorer, added two assists.

After missing 22 games with a shoulder injury, Havlat has five goals and three assists in seven games.

"We were hitting pretty often," Havlat said. "We made good, clean hits, and that gives you opportunities to get chances.

"Everybody did a better job, a smarter job than in those (last) four games."

Ruutu, who opened the scoring 3:11 in, was one of the physical forces. He slammed Lubomir Visnovsky with under five minutes left in the first period, and was given a charging penalty.

Ruutu then fought with Brad Stuart, who instigated the altercation.

"We want to be a team that's hard to play against," Ruutu said. "When you play that way, you play better with the puck."

Chicago coach Denis Savard saluted his hitters and his scorers.

"We were physical and we had to be," Savard said. "I know you look at the goals and points, but those guys made the difference."

Michal Handzus scored and assisted on a goal by Patrick O'Sullivan. Anze Kopitar also scored for Los Angeles, extending his point streak to eight games (six goals, six assists).

"We knew they were going to come out hard because they needed a big game," Handzus said. "We didn't respond and that was the difference."

Kings coach Marc Crawford agreed.

"I thought the hit by Ruutu in the first period made a difference, and their young guy (Dustin) Byfuglien also had a big one," Crawford said.

Kings center Patrick O'Sullivan attempts to get to the puck behind a falling Tuomo  Ruutu of the Chicago Blackhawks during the third period of Wednesday night's game. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Chicago's Nikolai Khabibulin made 25 saves.

Jean-Sebastien Aubin started in goal for Los Angeles, but was replaced by Jonathan Quick late in the first period after allowing three goals on nine shots. Quick permitted three on 27 shots.

Ruutu opened the scoring 3:11 into the first period on a shot from the left circle that beat Aubin on the stick side.

The goal was set up by Adam Burish from behind the Los Angeles net and was Ruutu's third in 21 games.

Havlat and Keith scored 34 seconds apart late in the first to give Chicago a 3-0 lead and chase Aubin.

Havlat drove to the net and fired a shot that rolled in over Aubin's right pad and glove with 6:28 left in the first.

Keith connected from the slot, beating Aubin with a low shot that slipped just under his right skate. Quick then entered.

Handzus cut it to 3-1 with a shot from the left circle with 55 seconds left in the period. The shot went in just as Los Angeles' Scott Thornton slammed into Khabibulin, but goaltender interference wasn't called.

Havlat made it 4-1 during a 5-on-3 power play at 5:05 of the second. He stick-handled to the net from the right circle and beat Quick with a shot on the stick side.

O'Sullivan trimmed the deficit to 4-2 with 3:23 left in the second when he poked a rebound of Rob Blake's shot between Khabibulin's legs.

Kopitar beat Khabibulin with a 35-foot slap shot from the slot at 6:36 of the third to narrow it to 4-3.

Toews was credited with a goal that made it 5-3 just 42 seconds later. Kane's centering pass hit Toews in the shoulder and deflected in.

Sharp's breakaway goal with 2:05 left completed the scoring.

Notes: Veteran Blackhawks forwards Yanic Perreault and Sergei Samsonov returned after sitting out two games as healthy scratches. ... Chicago D Dustin Byfuglien posted an assist, and has five goals and five assists in seven games. ... Blackhawks C Jason Williams missed his sixth straight game and 10th of 11 due to a groin injury. He is out indefinitely. RW Rene Bourque missed his ninth game with a broken thumb. ... Kings LW Alexander Frolov sat out his 10th game with a groin injury, and LW Ladislav Nagy missed his third (hip flexor).

scoring summary
1st Period
03:11
CHI
Tuomo Ruutu (6) ASST: Adam Burish (1), Dave Bolland (5)
1 - 0 CHI
13:32
CHI
Marty Havlat (4) ASST: Robert Lang (17), Brent Sopel (7)
2 - 0 CHI
14:06
CHI
Duncan Keith (5) ASST: Patrick Kane (22), Patrick Sharp (9)
3 - 0 CHI
19:05
LAK
Michal Handzus (4) ASST: Scott Thornton (1), Kyle Calder (5)
3 - 1 CHI
2nd Period
05:05
CHI
PPG - Marty Havlat (5) ASST: Jonathan Toews (11), Dustin Byfuglien (6)
4 - 1 CHI
16:37
LAK
Patrick O'Sullivan (6) ASST: Rob Blake (10), Michal Handzus (4)
4 - 2 CHI
3rd Period
06:36
LAK
Anze Kopitar (15) ASST: Kyle Calder (6), Mike Cammalleri (13)
4 - 3 CHI
07:18
CHI
Jonathan Toews (12) ASST: Patrick Kane (23), Patrick Sharp (10)
5 - 3 CHI
17:54
CHI
Patrick Sharp (14) ASST: Jonathan Toews (12), Duncan Keith (7)
6 - 3 CHI
penalty summary
1st Period
07:33
CHI
Robert Lang  Hooking against  Dustin Brown
15:09
LAK
Brad Stuart  Instigator - face shield against  Tuomo Ruutu
15:09
CHI
Adam Burish  Game misconduct against  Derek Armstrong
15:09
LAK
Derek Armstrong  Game misconduct against  Adam Burish
15:09
LAK
Brad Stuart  Game misconduct against  Tuomo Ruutu
15:09
LAK
Brad Stuart  Fighting against  Tuomo Ruutu
15:09
LAK
Brad Stuart  Misconduct against  Tuomo Ruutu
15:09
LAK
Brad Stuart  Instigator against  Tuomo Ruutu
15:09
CHI
Tuomo Ruutu  Fighting against  Brad Stuart
15:09
CHI
Tuomo Ruutu  Charging against  Lubomir Visnovsky
15:09
LAK
Derek Armstrong  Fighting against  Adam Burish
15:09
CHI
Adam Burish  Fighting against  Derek Armstrong
19:05
LAK
Scott Thornton  Roughing against  Brent Seabrook
19:05
CHI
Brent Seabrook  Roughing against  Scott Thornton
2nd Period
03:51
LAK
Brian Willsie  Hooking against  Jonathan Toews
04:50
LAK
Rob Blake  Roughing against  Patrick Kane
05:59
CHI
Andrei Zyuzin  Hooking against  Dustin Brown
16:37
CHI
Nikolai Khabibulin  Unsportsmanlike conduct
3rd Period
11:03
LAK
Raitis Ivanans  Misconduct
goalie stats
Jonathan Quick
SA: 27TOI: 45:47
Saves: 24EV: 17 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .889SH: 3 - 3
Jean-Sebastien Aubin
SA: 9TOI: 14:06
Saves: 6EV: 5 - 8
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .667SH: 1 - 1
Nikolai Khabibulin
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 28TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 19 - 22
PIM: 2PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .893SH: 1 - 1