NHL Game Summary - Chicago at Los Angeles
(Saturday, November 28th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 2, Chicago 1 (SO)
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Anze Kopitar scored the game-winning goal in the first round of the shootout, as the Los Angeles Kings edged the Chicago Blackhawks, 2-1, at Staples Center.
Kopitar slid a backhander under the pads of Cristobal Huet to give LA the early edge in the shootout. Jonathan Toews' wrister was then stopped by Jonathan Quick before Jack Johnson beat Huet with a backhander. Quick stopped Patrick Kane's backhander to seal the victory.
Wayne Simmonds scored in regulation for the Kings, who had lost three of four coming in. Quick made a season-high 32 saves for Los Angeles, which snapped a three-game skid on home ice.
"We did all the little things today and it paid off in the end. It was a good game, we just have to build off of it. We need to keep the momentum going as a team...You just have to approach every shot the same. Whether you score first or not you still have to stop the puck," said Quick.
Toews lit the lamp for the Blackhawks, who finished a six-game road trip with a 4-1-1 mark. Huet turned aside 21-of-22 shots in defeat.
"I thought it was a real good road trip. We got nine out of 12 points in six tough buildings. At the beginning of it, you would have taken that," said Chicago coach Joel Quenneville. "I thought the third period today was our best of the game and it put ourselves in a pretty good spot. Every game is going to be a challenge. There are no easy games."
Down 1-0, Chicago went on the power play when Michal Handzus was whistled for holding the stick at the 6:41 mark of the third. Just 15 seconds into the man advantage, Toews chipped in a rebound off a Kane shot to tie the contest.
Neither team scored the rest of the way to send the tilt into overtime, which went scoreless after a total of five shots.
After a scoreless first period, the Kings got on the board at the 2:41 mark of the second. Simmonds charged down the right side of the ice and made his way into the Chicago zone before dropping a pass for Handzus. Simmonds made his way towards the front of the net and Handzus' perfect pass set up Simmonds for a back-handed goal.
Quick made 11 saves in the second to keep LA in front heading to the third.
Kopitar played in his 200th consecutive game tonight (March 21, 2007 to present)...Simmonds now has a career-high three-game goal streak...The Kings' 15-10-2 start is tied for the eighth best 27-game start in franchise history...LA got forward Jarret Stoll back after he missed the last two games with a lower-body injury. However, defenseman Rob Scuderi missed his sixth consecutive tilt with a lower-body injury...The Blackhawks notched a 4-1 win over Los Angeles when the clubs met in the Windy City on November 9. LA has won three in a row and four of the last five meetings versus Chicago at Staples Center...The Blackhawks welcome the Blue Jackets to town on Tuesday, while the Kings travel to take on the Ducks the same day.
11/29 01:55:04 ET