CHICAGO IL - DECEMBER 19: Wayne Simmonds #17 of the Los Angeles Kings falls to the ice while trying to pass between Nick Boynton #24 and Jassen Cullimore #5 of the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on December 19 2010 in Chicago Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Kings 3-2. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Kings Fall in Chicago To Blackhawks, 3-2

The Kings are 7-10-0 on the road this season.

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Kings Vs. Blackhawks: L.A. Loses, 3-2 In Chicago

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Jonathan Toews scored a goal and added an assist to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings at United Center. Fernando Pisani and Duncan Keith also scored for the Blackhawks, who are 7-3-1 in their last 11 games, including wins in the last two. Patrick Sharp had a pair of assists, while Corey Crawford had 26 saves in the victory. Wayne Simmonds recorded a goal and an assist for the Kings, who have lost three of five. Kyle Clifford also scored, and Jonathan Quick allowed all three goals on 24 shots in defeat.

After the Kings tied the game early in the second period, the Blackhawks responded 25 seconds later to take the lead for good. Keith held the puck at the point as the Hawks assembled a screen in front of Quick. The Chicago blueliner unleashed a low slapshot from the left point that made its way through traffic at the 1:59 mark for a 2-1 advantage. With 7:35 left in the frame, Pisani picked up a loose puck in the slot from a 3-on-2 rush and beat Quick on the short side for a two-goal margin heading to the third.

Simmonds brought the Kings within one 1:20 into the third when he took a feed from Anze Kopitar down low and lifted it over Crawford into the roof of the net, but Crawford was strong down the stretch. Los Angeles outshot the Hawks, 11-4, in the third period, but Crawford was able to stop 10 of them to maintain Chicago's lead. Dustin Brown was called for a boarding penalty with 2:47 remaining, cutting into the Kings' desperation attack time.

Toews put Chicago on the board with a wrister from the right circle at 11:30 of the opening period, but the Kings tied it 1:34 into the second. Los Angeles had an odd-man rush after a failed clear by Chicago, and Michal Handzus carried into the offensive zone and dished to Clifford, who drove in from the left side and used a forehand-to-backhand move to put the puck past Crawford.

Neither team scored on the power play; Chicago went 0-for-3 and Los Angeles went 0-for-1...The Blackhawks improved to 10-9-0 at home, while the Kings fell to 7-10-0 on the road...Chicago leads the season series, 3-0, and has won the last five in the series.

For more Kings news and analysis, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Jewels From The Crown.


Kings Travel To Chicago To Face Depending Champion Blackhawks

(Sports Network) - After an impressive win over a hated rival, the Chicago Blackhawks will try for another victory when they host the Los Angeles Kings tonight at the United Center. The Blackhawks recorded a 4-1 victory against the visiting Red Wings on Friday night, but still find themselves third in the Central Division and six points in back of Detroit.

The victory over the Red Wings did end a three-game losing streak and also improved Chicago to 1-1-0 so far on a five-game homestand. The Blackhawks have a mediocre 9-9-0 record overall as the host this season. Corey Crawford turned aside 29 shots to help the Blackhawks post Friday's victory over the Red Wings. Chicago scored twice in the first 4:32 of the game and never allowed Detroit to draw even after that.

"As a goaltender, when your team gets up early like that -- that's a huge boost," Crawford said. Tomas Kopecky scored twice while Patrick Sharp and Bryan Bickell each had a goal for the Blackhawks. Prior to the game, the Blackhawks honored Chris Chelios in a ceremony at center-ice. The Chicago native served as team captain and won two Norris Trophies as the league's top defenseman during his nine years with the Blackhawks.

However, Chelios also accepted a trade to Detroit during the 1998-99 campaign and he spent most of the final decade of his career playing for the Red Wings. Many Blackhawks' fans have not forgiven Chelios for his time with the hated Wings and that was evident Friday night when the honoree was booed by a sizeable portion of the crowd at the United Center.

It was originally believed that an unquestionable crowd favorite could be back on the ice for the Blackhawks tonight, but it now appears Patrick Kane will set out a sixth straight game with an ankle injury. Kane couldn't complete practice with the team on Saturday and the club declared him out for tonight. Despite missing time recently, Kane is still third on the team in both goals (11) and points (27). Another one of Chicago's star wingers, Marian Hossa, will also sit out tonight with a lower-body injury. Hossa hasn't played since suffering the injury against the Kings on Nov. 27.

The Kings, meanwhile, come into tonight fresh off an impressive road victory in Nashville. Ryan Smyth tallied two goals as Los Angeles dismantled the Predators, 6-1, at Bridgestone Arena and ended Nashville's winning streak at five games. Drew Doughty, Trevor Lewis and Alexei Ponikarovsky all notched a goal and an assist for the Kings, who have gone 2-1 during a five-game road trip that is set to end Tuesday in Colorado. LA is still just 7-9-0 overall as the road club this year.

Justin Williams also lit the lamp, while Oscar Moller, Dustin Brown and Jarret Stoll each recorded two assists in the win. Jonathan Bernier turned aside 29- of-30 shots to earn the victory. LA has suffered just one regulation loss in December, posting a 5-1-1 record in seven games this month. The Blackhawks have won both meetings with Los Angeles this season, notching a home victory on Oct. 27 before posting a win in LA last month. Chicago has taken four straight and seven of eight in the series overall and has also won five in a row and six out of seven at the United Center.

For more Kings news and analysis, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Jewels From The Crown.

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