Game 11; 7-4-0
CHICAGO — The Los Angeles Kings were hoping to start November the same way they ended October. Unfortunately, the Chicago Blackhawks had something to say about that as the defending Stanley Cup champions improved their home record to 6-1-0 on the season with a 4-2 win over the silver-and-black, effectively putting a halt to their seven-game winning streak.
On this night, it was the Hawks captain who kicked things off.
The score remained that way until the 14:39 mark of the opening frame when Alec Martinez teed up on a point shot that found its way past Corey Crawford and in to tie it. The goal was Martinez’s first of the year from Kyle Clifford and Jake Muzzin. But the Kings weren’t done there as Anze Kopitar jumped on a juicy rebound in front to cash in on his fourth to give Los Angeles their first lead of the night. Jake Muzzin picked up his second helper of the night while Trevor Lewis got the second assist.
After outshooting the Hawks by a 10-6 margin in the first, the Kings entered the intermission with the lead. Then, Chicago led the way in shots by an 8-6 margin in the second. The middle frame, though, was scoreless.
But while the Kings still had the lead entering the third, that luck was about to change.
The Hawks wasted little time tying the game as just 1:22 into the third, Patrick Kane skated over the blueline before wristing his seventh into the top-corner, fooling Quick in the process. Then, at the 9:03 mark, Chicago took the lead as Patrick Kane fooled Quick once again, passing out in front of the net to Teuvo Teravainen while the Kings netminder was looking the other way. Teravainen made no mistake, scoring his fifth to give the Blackhawks the lead — one they would not relinquish.
The Hawks then supplied the final dagger with 1:33 remaining in regulation. Shorthanded, Jonathan Toews sent one of the newest Hawks, Artem Anisimov, in on a breakaway where he deked out Quick for his fifth of the year, giving the defending champs a 4-2 lead — and that was how this one finished.
It was the third period that did the Kings in on this night. Despite the loss, though, they did, for the most part, play a strong game. Unfortunately, they were no match for a Hawks team that was able to snap their two-game slide while ending the silver-and-black’s aforementioned seven-game winning streak; the club’s first defeat since Oct. 13.
As for the TLC Line, there were left pointless for the first time since Oct. 13 while defenseman Derek Forbort, who was recalled from Ontario prior to the game, finished with a -1 with one shot, one hit and one blocked shot.
While it’s never easy dealing with a loss, the Kings know they have no time to dwell on this as they are right back to work on Tuesday as they visit the Gateway City to take on an even-hotter St. Louis Blues squad.