LOS ANGELES – Jeff Carter had a goal and two assists, Tyler Toffoli scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Saturday night to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference finals.
Drew Doughty had a third-period goal and an assist, and Jonathan Quick made 24 saves as the Kings returned to Staples Center with an impressive two-way effort against the defending Stanley Cup champions.
Captain Jonathan Toews scored twice in the first period for the Blackhawks, but they didn’t score again until Patrick Sharp’s goal with 4.2 seconds left in the game.
Corey Crawford stopped 28 shots for the Blackhawks, who have lost the first road game in 10 consecutive playoff series since 2010.
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Game 4 is Monday at Staples Center.
“We all want to win in here, and Toews is obviously our captain and leader,” Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith said. “He definitely led the way tonight, but we need everybody if we are going to beat this team and try to win one here.”
Slava Voynov scored an early power-play goal as the Kings moved halfway to their second Stanley Cup Final in three years.
Three days after the Kings evened the series by scoring six consecutive goals in the final 22 minutes of Game 2, they had an 18-7 advantage in shots on goal in the third period.