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Brown's late goal sends Kings past Blackhawls

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CHICAGO -- It's not time to panic yet, but admittedly there is a level of concern within the Chicago Blackhawks.

For the first time this season, the previously red-hot Blackhawks lost their second straight game -- and the third in the last six games -- as the Los Angeles Kings rallied for a 5-4 win Monday night at the United Center.

Kings captain Dustin Brown pounced on his own rebound and pushed it past Chicago goalie Corey Crawford with just 1:33 left in the third period for the winner.

"We got a big game out of third and fourth lines. Brownie scores a big goal at the end," Kings coach and former Blackhawks coach Darryl Sutter said. "They're (the Hawks) probably not happy with the way they played, and if we would have lost, we wouldn't have been happy with the way we played."

The defending Stanley Cup champions used their trademark pressing offense to keep Chicago on its heels and on defense for much of the game, outshooting the Blackhawks 36-25, including a lopsided 17-9 in the third period.

"It was a dangerous game for us," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. "They got shut out (the last) two games in a row. They're going to be hungry, they're going to try to get the scrappy goals that they got.

"But we didn't respond to the challenge that was there tonight and I was disappointed with how we played and what we gave them."

The loss took away much of the luster of two goals and an assist by Chicago's Michael Frolik.

Frolik scored his second and third goals of the season in the first and second periods, and teammates Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews gave him backup support with goals of their own.

"We knew they are a good team and it was going to be a good test for us," Kane said. "I think we'll be probably better prepared for (Tuesday, when the Hawks host the Flames)."

In addition to Brown's winner, Los Angeles also had goals from Anze Kopitar, Jarret Stoll, Dwight King and Tyler Toffoli, whose third-period goal tied the score 4-4.

With the loss, Chicago falls to 24-4-3. The Kings improved to 18-12-2.

Early in the third period, Frolik looked like he might score a hat trick. But his shot fell short and right onto Toews' stick, who pushed the puck into the net at 3:51, making it a 4-3 Chicago advantage.

Los Angeles played a stifling defense and relentless offense that continued to chip away at the Blackhawks, tying the score at 4 at 8:06 on Toffoli's second goal of the season.

"We had the lead in the third period again," Quenneville said. "That's two tough games in a row we don't get a point when we've got the lead in the third period. One late, one semi-late. We had three faceoff goals and they got one at a crucial time to win it."

After falling behind 2-1 in the second period, the Blackhawks tied the score at 2 on Frolik's long-distance slap shot from just inside the blue line. It was Frolik's second goal of the game and third overall of the season.

And with just 40 seconds remaining in the second period, Kane scored his team-leading 17th goal of the season, putting the Blackhawks ahead 3-2.

Just when it looked as if Chicago would take the lead into the locker room, Los Angeles' King had other ideas, pushing a shot past an outstretched Crawford to tie the score with a half-second remaining.

The officials reviewed the goal and ultimately ruled in Los Angeles' favor, counting the goal.

"Kane's goal just before that (King's goal with .5 seconds left in the second period) could have deflated us," Sutter said. "We made a mistake again, our left defenseman, so it was good to come right back. They (the referees) got the call right."

It was King's fourth goal of the season and part of a 12-5 advantage in shots for the Kings during the second period.

"I think you look to their third goal and their fifth goal, both coming late in the period," Kane said of the Kings. "Especially that one after we made it 3-2, for them to tie it up, I think, gave them the momentum. But we came back and took the lead and obviously didn't

play very well with the lead. Tough loss for sure."

The Blackhawks got on the scoreboard first at 5:55 of the first period when Frolik's slap shot from between the circles beat Kings goalie Jonathan Quick ... or in this case, not so quick.

Frolik nailed his second goal of the season on a picture-perfect play. Kane earned the draw on a faceoff in the Kings' right circle, passed it to Brandon Saad near the blue line, and Saad fed a pass to Frolik, who wound up and hammered the puck home.

Los Angeles tied the score at 4:21 of the second period on Kopitar's 10th goal of the season, an unassisted effort.

Just over three minutes later, Stoll scored his seventh goal of the season -- short-handed, no less -- putting the Kings ahead 2-1.

The Blackhawks finished the regular season series with the Kings with a 2-1 advantage.

NOTES: Monday began a stretch that will see the Blackhawks play 11 of their last 18 regular-season games at home. They host Calgary on Tuesday and Anaheim on Friday before playing Sunday at Detroit. ... Monday marked the first of a five-game road trip for the

Kings, who will play 10 of their last 17 regular-season games (including Monday's game) away from Los Angeles. ... Chicago still leads the overall series 81-77-22.
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