Los Angeles Kings close gap on Chicago in NHL West finals
The Los Angeles Kings won 3-1 at home over Chicago, cutting the Blackhawks’ lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference finals to 2-1.
The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — Slava Voynov had a goal and an assist, Jonathan Quick made 19 saves, and the Los Angeles Kings beat Chicago 3-1 in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday night, trimming the Blackhawks’ series lead to 2-1.
Justin Williams also scored and Dwight King added an empty-net goal in the defending Stanley Cup champions’ 15th consecutive home victory since March. The Kings have won eight straight home playoff games, dating to last season’s title clincher, and they never trailed while ending the top-seeded Blackhawks’ five-game postseason winning streak.
“Last year, we were playing at a level few teams ever play at,” Kings captain Dustin Brown said. “This year, it’s taking that extra effort out of us, and we’re coming up with it.”
Game 4 of the best-of-seven series is Thursday night in Los Angeles.
Bryan Bickell scored and Corey Crawford stopped 25 shots for the Blackhawks, who chased Quick from Game 2.
The Kings had lost five of their previous seven playoff games before getting back to friendly Staples Center.
Quick also returned to Conn Smythe Trophy form in Game 3, highlighted by a dazzling late save on Bickell, while his low-scoring teammates generated enough offense to hold off the Blackhawks, who hadn’t lost since Game 4 of the second round against Detroit.
“We have a certain way we need to play,” Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr said.
“For whatever reason, we do a heck of a good job of it at home, and not as good on the road.”
Jeff Carter had two assists during an inspired effort despite the absence of injured linemate Mike Richards, who has an apparent concussion after a big hit from Dave Bolland in the series opener.