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Los  Angeles, CA  (SportsNetwork.com) - A three-goal burst in the first period 
has  Los Angeles one win away from the Stanley Cup finals, as the Kings took a 
5-2  win over  the Chicago Blackhawks  in Game  4 of  the Western  Conference 

Jake  Muzzin,  Marian Gaborik, and Dustin  Brown scored in just under a seven- 
minute span in the opening frame to give the Kings a 3-1 lead in this best-of- 
seven series. 

Drew  Doughty added  a goal in the second period, while Jonathan Quick stopped 
22 shots for the Kings, who can close out this series on Wednesday in Chicago. 

"We  are  trying to  win one game,  whether we  are up 3-1,  down 3-1, 2-2, no 
matter  what the  series is, that doesn't  change what we are trying to do the 
next game," said Quick. 

Los Angeles is hoping to make it back to the Cup finals for the second time in 
three  years, as  the team  beat New  Jersey in  2012 for  its first  and only 

Chicago,  meanwhile, will  have to  rally if  it wants  a shot  at its  second 
straight  trophy.  The team defeated  Boston in six  games last season for its 
second championship in four seasons. 

The Blackhawks, though, did face this situation in last year's run to the Cup, 
as the team fell behind 3-1 to Detroit in the semifinals, only to win the next 
three, including the series-clincher in overtime in Game 7. 

"It's  all  about our game  and our preparation, there's  things we need to do 
better,"  said  Chicago captain  Jonathan Toews. "We  make mistakes and things 
wind up getting compounded quickly. We just need to forget about this and find 
a way to play like we did in Game 1." 

Brandon  Saad and  Bryan  Bickell scored  for the Blackhawks,  who saw  Corey 
Crawford give up four goals on just 20 shots in the loss. 

The  Kings scored three times over a 6:56 span in the first to take control of 
the game. 

Skating  on  the power play, Doughty  sent a pass  from the left circle to the 
high  slot where Muzzin gathered the puck and snapped it into the right corner 
with Jeff Carter parked in front of Crawford at the nine-minute mark. 

Just  over  two minutes later,  Anze Kopitar stole  the puck from Duncan Keith 
along  the  right boards and  quickly fired a pass  to the front where Gaborik 
tipped it in for his NHL-leading 10th of the playoffs. 

Another power-play goal saw the Kings make it a 3-0 game. Muzzin sent the puck 
from  the  left point  to the  inside right circle  where Justin Williams one- 
touched  it over  to the left side and  Brown had an open net for his third of 
the playoffs at 15:56. 

It  was a  4-0 game at 12:43 of  the second after Kopitar sent a pass from the 
high  slot to  the right point and  Doughty zipped a wrister that tipped off a 
defender's stick and floated in for his third of the playoffs. 

Chicago  got  on the board just  1:20 later as the  disc came out to the right 
point  where  Michal Rozsival  chipped  a  quick pass  to  the  slot and  Saad 
backhanded it into the net. 

The Blackhawks  made the  game interesting at  9:29 of the  third as the team 
jammed  the  net and after several  chances, Bickell backhanded one in for his 
seventh of the playoff and a 4-2 game. 

Chicago pulled Crawford with over three minutes to play, but was unable to cut 
the deficit and Tanner Pearson sealed the win with an empty-netter. 

                                   Game Notes 

The  Kings were 2-for-3 on the man advantage, while Chicago failed to find the 
net  in three  chances ...  This series  marks the  first time  two teams  are 
meeting  in the Western finals in back-to-back years since the Stars/Avalanche 
in 1999-2000 ... Kopitar had two assists in the game, and leads all postseason 
skaters with 22 points, including 17 assists. 

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