Kings take series lead over Blackhawks

Reuters News
Posted: May 24, 2014 11:20 PM

By Ben Everill

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Los Angeles Kings rode an impressive second period from center Jeff Carter and goaltender Jonathan Quick on Saturday to a 4-3 Game Three victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at Staples Center, taking a 2-1 series lead in the NHL's Western Conference Final.

After falling behind 2-1 in the opening period, the Kings rallied as Carter scored the game-tying goal and then produced the assist for Tyler Toffoli’s go-ahead score, his third point of the game after assisting on the Kings' opening goal to Slava Voynov.

Quick let through a double to Chicago captain Jonathan Toews in the opening period, but was outstanding in the second, making 10 saves despite facing nearly six minutes of Blackhawk power plays.

Drew Doughty then provided an important insurance goal midway through the final period before Patrick Sharp added a Chicago consolation goal with just four seconds remaining ahead of Game Four of the best-of-seven series on Monday in Los Angeles.

(Editing by Ian Ransom)