Kings down Blackhawks to take 2-1 series lead
Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter (77) celebrates his goal against the Chicago Blackhawks with Tanner Pearson during the second period of Game 3 of the Western Conference finals of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Los Angeles, Saturday, May 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Greg Beacham, The Associated Press
Published Saturday, May 24, 2014 10:56PM EDT
LOS ANGELES -- Jeff Carter had a goal and two assists, Tyler Toffoli scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Saturday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.
Drew Doughty had a third-period goal and an assist, and Jonathan Quick made 24 saves as the Kings returned to Staples Center with an impressive two-way effort against the defending Stanley Cup champions.
Captain Jonathan Toews scored twice in the first period for the Blackhawks, but they didn't score again until Patrick Sharp's goal with 5 seconds left.
Corey Crawford stopped 28 shots for the Blackhawks, who have lost the first road game in 10 consecutive playoff series since 2010.
Game 4 is Monday night at Staples Center.