Hossa’s game winner lifts Blackhawks over Kings, take 3-1 series lead.


LOS ANGELES— The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Thursday night at Staples Center. The Blackhawks snapped the Kings 9 game playoff home winning streak dating back to last year’s playoffs. The last time the Kings lost on home ice was to the New Jersey Devils in Game 4 last year. The Kings also had their 15 game home winning streak dating back to the regular season snapped.

Slava Voynov scored the first goal of the game in the first period. Bryan Bickell then tied the game at 1 later in the period. Dustin Penner put the Kings up 2-1 in the second period but Patrick Kane would answer back when he tapped home the tying goal later in the period. Marian Hossa put the Blackhawks up for good with a goal in the third period on a 2-on-1. Niklas Hjalmarsson had 2 assists and Bickell added an assist to have 2 points on the night.

Corey Crawford made 19 saves out of 21 shots while his counterpart, Jonathan Quick made 25 saves out of 28 shots. Quick wasn’t his usual self tonight as he had an off-game tonight.

Duncan Keith was suspended for Game 4 for high-sticking Jeff Carter in the face during the second period of Game 3. But the Hawks managed to win without Keith. Go Figure.

The Kings were without Mike Richards, who apparently have a concussion after a big hit from Dave Bolland in the series opener.

The Blackhawks have momentum on their side and will look to close out the series on Saturday in Chicago.

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