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Blackhawks 5, Kings 3

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LOS ANGELES -- Winger Patrick Kane scored two goals and an assist, defenseman Nick Leddy scored a goal and an assist, and goaltender Corey Crawford made 31 saves as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Los Angeles Kings 5-3 on Monday.

Chicago (34-10-14) won for the second time in four games on a road trip that will run through the Olympic break. Center Jonathan Toews and winger Patrick Sharp added two assists.

The Blackhawks took the lead for good at 3-2 on center Marcus Kruger's sixth goal of the season with 6:09 remaining in the middle period. Kruger deflected a shot in the slot from Leddy and a second deflection by Kings defenseman Matt Greene ricocheted past Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick with winger Ben Smith earning the second assist.

Chicago added an insurance goal at the end of a man advantage when Leddy hammered home his sixth of the season at 7:01 of the final period. Kane sealed the victory off another odd man rush against the Kings' porous defense with Sharp drawing the lone assist with 8:51 remaining in regulation.

Down 2-0 nine minutes into the game, the Kings rallied to tie the score. Defenseman Drew Doughty drew the Kings within one with his eighth of the season on the power play at 9:52 of the first period. The Kings squared things on center Anze Kopitar's 17th goal of the season 6:30 into the middle frame.

The Blackhawks jumped on the Kings early by way of a power-play goal in the game's second minute. Kane walked out from the right corner and deposited his team-leading 26th goal past Quick at 1:02 with Toews and Sharp earning assists.

Winger Bryan Bickell doubled the Chicago lead when he fired a wrist shot past Quick at 9:11 off a 3-on-1 rush. Kane feathered a pass to Bickell for the score that was his 100th point at 8:44.

Los Angeles (30-22-6) lost for the eighth time in its last nine games. Kopitar had a goal and an assist, winger Tyler Toffoli scored his 10th of the season and Quick made 25 saves.

NOTES: Chicago scratched D Michael Kostka, D Sheldon Brookbank and C Michal Handzus. ... The Blackhawks are one of four teams who have yet to be shut out this season. St. Louis, Anaheim and Colorado have lit the lamp in every game as well. ... Chicago D Duncan Keith is the fastest Blackhawk in franchise history to hit 40 assists. He hit the mark in just 46 games this season. ... Los Angeles did not dress D Alec Martinez, D Jeff Schultz and C Jordan Nolan. ... The Kings are the only sub-.500 team in divisional play against the Central Division. They own a 6-9-2 record. ... Kings RW Matt Frattin drew back into the lineup after four consecutive games as a healthy scratch.
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