NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Chicago
(Friday, November 11th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 4, Chicago 2
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Eric Belanger had a goal and an assist, as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-2, at the United Center.
Michael Cammalleri, Alexander Frolov and Craig Conroy also lit the lamp for the Kings, who have won two of their last three games.
Mathieu Garon stopped 32-of-34 shots in the win.
Brent Seabrook and Mikael Holmqvist both scored for Chicago, which had a two- game winning streak snapped. Goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin, who has struggled in the early going for the Blackhawks, allowed four goals on 27 shots.
"We're still in the process of learning to communicate our defensive coverages," Khabibulin said. "We're doing better than we were, but we still need to do a lot better."
Seabrook put the Blackhawks up 1-0 at the 14:47 mark of the first, fluttering a shot from along the right boards that made its way through a screen and beat Garon short side.
The Kings scored twice in the last 1:37 of the opening period, however, to assume a 2-1 lead.
Belanger scored first for Los Angeles. Nathan Dempsey's shot from the right circle was saved by Khabibulin, but the rebound came out to Belanger, who tucked it through the five-hole.
Cammalleri broke the tie with six seconds remaining, deflecting a Dustin Brown feed in front of the net to beat Khabibulin.
Early in the second, Belanger skated in on goal and appeared poised to release a shot, but instead flicked it to a wide open Frolov in the right slot. Frolov finished into the open net to make it 3-1.
Conroy made it a three-goal game with 1:40 left in the second with a top- shelf, power-play goal from the left side of the net.
Chicago would not score again until there was nine seconds remaining in the contest. Holmqvist's third tally of the season capped the scoring.
"We needed this one," said Kings center Jeremy Roenick.
Los Angeles was 1-for-7 on the power play, while the Blackhawks failed to convert in any of their six chances with the extra skater...The Kings' two- game winning streak entering the game was their first of the season...Los Angeles went 3-1 against Chicago in 2003-04...Chicago will host Edmonton on Sunday...The Kings, who opened a four-game road trip on Wednesday, will visit Columbus on Sunday.
11/11 23:42:03 ET