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Blackhawks put an end to Kings' win streak

Chicago,  IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Antti Raanta stopped 21-of-22 shots to lead 
the  Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-1  win over the  Los Angeles Kings in a battle 
between two of the top teams in the Western Conference. 

Marian  Hossa,  Kris Versteeg and Patrick  Sharp scored first period goals for 
the Blackhawks, who have won four of five overall. 

Alec  Martinez  lit the lamp  for Los Angeles,  which saw its six-game winning 
streak come to an end. 

Ben Scrivens made 37 saves in defeat. 

Jonathan  Toews created the  first Chicago goal when he won a race to the puck 
short-handed  deep in  the LA zone. Toews  took it from Jake Muzzin behind the 
net and snuck a pass for a charging Hossa, who batted it home for a 1-0 margin 
less than six minutes in. 

"It was big," Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg said of the early goal. "We 
know that they can really sit on leads and really clamp down, so it was big to 
get those goals and really play into our hands." 

Midway  through the  first, Versteeg netted the eventual game-winner. Versteeg 
led a 2-on-1 rush and faked a pass before wristing his shot past Scrivens. 

"Definitely not the start that we wanted," Kings center Anze Kopitar said. 
"It's hard when you play catch-up, especially three goals. It's quite a bit to 
overcome against that kind of team. It's no secret that we lost the game in 
the first period." 

As  the first  period was  winding down,  Chicago went  on a  power-play after 
Jarret  Stoll was called for cross checking. Toews again was in on the action, 
faking a shot before sliding a pass to an open Sharp, who blasted it home. 

The  second period ended without any goals, and Chicago held its shutout until 
the  final minutes  of the game, when Martinez ended Raanta's shutout with his 
second goal of the season. 

                                   Game Notes 

Chicago  leads the NHL with 53 points ... The Blackhawks improved to 12-2-4 at 
home  ... Duncan  Keith and Patrick Kane recorded their 28th and 26th assists, 
respectively, for Chicago. Both players rank in the top six in the league. 

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