Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Patrick Kane scored the decisive goal in the third period and Corey Crawford made 21 saves to lead Chicago to a 2-1 victory over Los Angeles at Staples Center. Crawford withstood a lot of late pressure and shots to win his fourth consecutive start. Patrick Sharp also scored for the Blackhawks, who have won two in a row to end their six-game road trip at 4-2-0. Jonathan Quick stopped 21-of-23 shots for the Kings, who have dropped three in a row and six of seven. Anze Kopitar netted LA's lone goal.
After a scoreless first period, Sharp got the Blackhawks on the board with his 15th goal of the season, a wrister at the 10:36 mark of the second period. Kane's tip-in made it a 2-0 game at 1:06 of the third before the Kings cashed in on a 5-on-3. Jonathan Toews earned a roughing double-minor at 13:22, and Dave Bolland was called for high-sticking only 32 seconds later. About a minute into the two- man advantage, Kopitar snapped a shot by Crawford.
But the Chicago goaltender held steady the rest of the way, securing his team's fourth consecutive win over LA. The Blackhawks start a four-game homestand Tuesday against St. Louis...The Kings play in Anaheim on Monday...LA was dealt only its second home loss of the season.
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