STOCKTON, Calif. – The Los Angeles Kings did just what they needed to do in game three to earn a win tonight over the Chicago Blackhawks to keep within a game of the Western Conference Final. The 3-1 win gave the Kings their 15th straight win at home.
The Kings opened the scoring at 3:21 of the first period when Justin Williams scored a wrister past Blackhawks netminder Corey Crawford. A long cross ice pass from Slava Voynov was redirected by Williams and went stickside to the back of the net.
In the second period, the Kings scored their second goal at 6:37. Jeff Carter skated along the goal line from the boards, and then attempted a shot, but Crawford sent the puck back into play, when Voynov slipped it past Crawford for the 2-0 lead by the Kings. Voynov scored his fifth goal of the post season, a franchise record for defensemen.
Just prior to the end of the period, Chicago closed the gap. A faceoff in the Kings defensive zone, led to a turnover behind the net, where Bryan Bickell picked up the puck and slipped around from behind the net, wristing it past Jonathan Quick. The goal was Bickell’s seventh of the post season.
The third period was scoreless until the last thirty seconds of regulation. Crawford was pulled for the extra skater, the Blackhawks worked to find a way to get the puck past Quick, to no avail. However, Jeff Carter caught the puck and sent it down the ice, only to pass the net and rebound from the boards to a waiting Dwight King, to slip the puck in the empty net from just outside the goal line for the 3-1 lead and to seal the Blackhawk doom.
Crawford took the loss with 25 saves, while Jonathan Quick had 19 saves.
The Blackhawks still lead the series 2-1, with game four on Thursday from the Staples Center.