Chi 2 1 2 5
LA 1 1 1 3
Date of game: 2/3/2014

Recap: Los Angeles vs. Chicago

Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Patrick Kane had two goals and one assist after finding out his grandfather died and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Los Angeles Kings 5-3 on Monday.

Bryan Bickell, Marcus Kruger and Nick Leddy also scored for the Blackhawks, who got just their second win in seven games. Corey Crawford had 31 saves.

Kane learned of his grandfather's death before the game. Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said he didn't hear about it until after the second period.

"It was a tough day overall," said Kane. "He was one of my great friends growing up and it is just a really sad day. It was important to get the win but ... it was tough to hear that right before the game."

Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar and Tyler Toffoli scored for the Kings, who have lost four in a row and nine of their last 10 (1-8-1). Jonathan Quick gave up five goals on 30 shots.

The Kings scored more than one goal for the first time in seven games. They got more than two goals for only the fifth time in their last 21 games since Dec. 23. They are 5-14-2 in that span.

The Kings wrap up their homestand Thursday against Columbus, their last game before the NHL breaks for the Sochi Olympics. It might do the team some good to be away for a few weeks.

"You plan on playing your best game of the year," said Kings coach Darryl Sutter.

The Blackhawks have won three straight against the Kings and five of the last six meetings.

They took a 2-0 lead after 8:44 on Kane's power play goal on a nice solo effort from the right side and Bickell's goal on a 3-on-1.

"It was a great start," said Quenneville. "We had some excitement in our game."

Doughty scored 68 seconds after Bickell's goal and Kopitar tie the game at 2-2, flipping the puck past Crawford 6:30 into the second quarter.

But Chicago rattled off three straight goals after that. Kruger deflected Leddy's slap shot from the high left side at 13:51 of the second period, Leddy scored on a slap shot 7:01 into the third and Kane jammed in Patrick Sharp's pass in front of the crease 4:08 after that for a 5-2 lead. Toffoli's goal came on a rebound after Jeff Carter tried a wrap-around.

Game Notes

Chicago is 2-0-2 on a seven-game road trip and LA has dropped the first three games of a four-game homestand ... The Blackhawks continue their road trip against Anaheim on Wednesday, one of two games they have remaining before the Olympics break.

Eastern Washington to face difficult schedule

Many people at Eastern Washington are waiting to see if star quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. will be returning for his senior season.

NASCAR News
Chip Ganassi Racing claims sixth win in Rolex 24 at Daytona

IndyCar Series drivers Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan as well as NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competitors Jamie McMurray and Kyle Larson gave Chip Ganassi Racing the victory in Sunday's 53rd running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Angels, Freese avoid arbitration

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and infielder David Freese avoided arbitration, agreeing to terms on a one-year contract Wednesday.

Durant to miss second straight game

Oklahoma City Thunder star forward Kevin Durant will not play in Wednesday's game against the New York Knicks as he continues to deal with a sprained left big toe.

Crosby good to go for Penguins-Caps tilt

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will play in Wednesday's game against the Washington Capitals, the team announced on its Twitter account.

Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.