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LOS ANGELES (AP) -Patrick Sharp saved the day for the Chicago Blackhawks, who were anything but sharp in the third period against the stubborn Los Angeles Kings.
Sharp scored his second goal of the game 1:48 into overtime and the Blackhawks escaped Staples Center with a 6-5 victory on Saturday after blowing a four-goal lead in the third period.
"Hockey games are never over. If you give a team the chance to come back, they're going to take it," Chicago coach Denis Savard said. "That is a team that can score goals. We talked about that before the game. We executed our game, protected the puck and didn't turn it over. We just didn't have good coverage."
|POST GAME NOTES
|This was the sixth time the Kings have earned points when trailing after the second period (four are wins)
The Kings are 11-7-2 in their last 20 games
Michael Cammalleri (1-2=3) had his second straight three-point game (three assists Thursday vs. St. Louis)
Alexander Frolov (two assists) has 17 points (7-10=17) in his last 10 games. He’s had multi-point efforts in six of those games
Anze Kopitar, who had three points today (1-2=3), has five points in the last two games (2-3=5)
Patrick O’Sullivan has 12 points (4-8=12) in the last 10 games
Peter Harrold became the sixth Kings player to score his first NHL goal this season. Last season seven Kings scored their first NHL goal
In the last 13 games, the Kings have out-scored their opponents 18-7 in the third period
It was the second time this season the Kings erased a four-goal deficit in the third period (last was Nov. 10 vs. Dallas, 6-5 win in OT)
Erik Ersberg, who relieved Dan Cloutier in the second period, stopped 18 of 19 shots. It was his NHL debut
It was the 11th sellout this season
|POST GAME QUOTES|
Marc Crawford: 700K
|The Kings will host the Tip A King at 5 p.m. at Universal Studios on Sunday.|
Sharp, who leads the Blackhawks with 29 goals, also scored on a power play in the first period to help Chicago win for the fifth time in six games and salvage a split of the four-game season series.
The Blackhawks built a 5-1 advantage in the second period with four goals in a 4:06 span. Martin Havlat and defenseman Andrei Zyuzin scored 15 seconds apart, and Jonathan Toews and Jason Williams scored 70 seconds apart.
"When they tied it up, you're pretty much on your heels and it's hard to stay positive when they're so confident and have so much momentum," Toews said. "Obviously we made some mistakes, but we worked hard and stayed in it."
"That was a lot of blood and guts there in the third period. This is as good an overtime loss as you're ever going to see," Kings coach Marc Crawford said. "It was special to see our guys battle the way they did. It's a real character builder for our team."
Kopitar's goal came with 13.3 seconds left in regulation on a cross-ice pass from Alexander Frolov, just moments after Kings defenseman Jack Johnson blocked Toews' attempt at an empty-net goal from just outside the Los Angeles blue line.
"I think we deserved that point," said Kopitar, who leads the Kings with 27 goals. "Going into the third period down 5-1, you have to work hard and show some emotion. You have to show that you're not quitting. Then the goals start coming and everyone gets excited."
In a matchup of the last-place teams in the Central and Pacific Divisions, both teams were forced to start their backup goaltenders due to injuries. Patrick Lalime made 34 saves while filling in for Nikolai Khabibulin, who was sidelined by back spasms after posting his and the Blackhawks' first shutout of the season on Wednesday against Minnesota.
Dan Cloutier allowed five goals on 23 shots in place of Jason LaBarbera, who missed his second straight game with a groin strain. The Blackhawks chased him to the bench after Williams' goal at 8:17 of the second period.
"If we could find a way to start games like we played in the third period, we'd be a heck of a hockey team," Cloutier said with a faint laugh. "But for me, I've got to be better on some of those goals."
Crawford replaced Cloutier with Erik Ersberg, who made his NHL debut and became the 10th different goalie to play for the team since the start of last season. He stopped the first 18 shots he faced before giving up Sharp's overtime goal on a rebound after making an arm save on Brent Seabrook's wrist shot.
"When you come in from the bench, you don't have time to think very much. You just go in and play," Ersberg said. "I got off to a good start with a couple of easy shots, and then I just kept on going."
Notes: On Nov. 10 at Staples Center, the Kings scored four goals in a 5:07 span of the third period to erase a three-goal deficit and beat Dallas 6-5 on Kopitar's overtime goal. ... The Kings have outscored opponents 18-7 in the third period over the last 13 games. ... Lalime has won seven of his last 10 starts. ... Corey Crawford was recalled from Rockford of the AHL to serve as Lalime's backup. ... Sharp has eight power play goals. His league-leading seven short-handed goals are as many as the Kings have scored as a team. ... Chicago's defenseman have combined for 38 goals, 17 more than last season.
|Peter Harrold (1) ASST: Jeff Giuliano (4), Lubomir Visnovsky (26)|
1 - 0 LAK
|PPG - Patrick Sharp (28) ASST: Duncan Keith (15), Brent Seabrook (13)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Marty Havlat (10) ASST: Patrick Kane (38), Robert Lang (26)|
2 - 1 CHI
|Andrei Zyuzin (2) ASST: Robert Lang (27), Marty Havlat (17)|
3 - 1 CHI
|Jonathan Toews (18) ASST: NONE|
4 - 1 CHI
|Jason Williams (8) ASST: Jonathan Toews (21), Patrick Sharp (17)|
5 - 1 CHI
|Mike Cammalleri (16) ASST: Dustin Brown (20), Anze Kopitar (32)|
5 - 2 CHI
|Tom Preissing (6) ASST: Mike Cammalleri (22), Anze Kopitar (33)|
5 - 3 CHI
|Patrick O'Sullivan (16) ASST: Michal Handzus (14), Alex Frolov (36)|
5 - 4 CHI
|Anze Kopitar (27) ASST: Alex Frolov (37), Mike Cammalleri (23)|
5 - 5 Tie
|Patrick Sharp (29) ASST: Brent Seabrook (14), James Wisniewski (15)|
6 - 5 CHI
|Adam Burish Tripping against Peter Harrold|
|Brad Stuart Tripping against Dave Bolland|
|Michal Handzus Holding against Jonathan Toews|
|Anze Kopitar Tripping against Jordan Hendry|
|Jack Johnson Roughing against Dustin Byfuglien|
|Scott Thornton Roughing against Dave Bolland|
|Dustin Byfuglien Roughing against Jack Johnson|
|Dave Bolland Roughing against Scott Thornton|
|Brent Seabrook Hooking against Alex Frolov|
|Dustin Brown Fighting against Brent Seabrook|
|Brent Seabrook Fighting against Dustin Brown|
|Brent Seabrook Instigator against Dustin Brown|
|Dustin Brown Charging against Jonathan Toews|
|Brent Seabrook Misconduct|
|Rene Bourque Roughing against Anze Kopitar|