Blackhawks Take 3-1 Series Lead in West Finals
(LOS ANGELES) — No Duncan Keith? No problem.
Marian Hossa scored the go-ahead goal in the third period, and the Chicago Blackhawks rallied to top the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Thursday night to take a 3-1 lead in their Western Conference Finals series.
The win ended the Kings’ 15-game home winning streak and placed the defending Stanley Cup champions just one game from elimination.
“They were playing so well at home, and to finally break that streak, we’re happy about it,” Hossa said. “We knew about it. We talked about it before the game. We were hoping to break it, and we got it.”
The Blackhawks were without top defender Duncan Keith, who received a one-game suspension for high-sticking Kings centre Jeff Carter in a Game 3 loss. Corey Crawford made 19 saves.
Patrick Kane tapped a shot past Kings goalie Jonathan Quick to help the Blackhawks rally from a second-period deficit and tie the game at two.
“It’s a loss. They’re all the same,” Quick said. “We’ve just got to win one game. That’s all we’ve got to do.”
Game five will be played Saturday night in Chicago, where the Blackhawks will look to advance to their second Stanley Cup Finals in the past four years.
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