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Kings defeat Blackhawks to end 10-game losing streak

LOS ANGELES — Dustin Brown scored twice and the Los Angeles Kings ended their 10-game losing streak by defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 6-3 at Staples Center on Saturday.

The Kings (24-33-8) avoided matching the longest losing streak in their history. They were 0-9-2 from March 16-April 4, 2004. 

Adrian Kempe, Brendan Leipsic and Ilya Kovalchuk each had a goal and an assist, and Jonathan Quick made 29 saves.


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“That’s kind of what we needed to get going here, and it was a perfect game,” Kempe said. “Everybody has to step up the way they did tonight and hopefully we can keep it going.”

Brendan Perlini scored twice for the Blackhawks (27-29-9), who have lost three of their past four games (1-3-0). Corey Crawford made 19 saves.

Video: CHI@LAK: Leipsic chops bouncing puck past Crawford

“We had to play uphill the whole game, so that’s no formula to win important games in March and April, that’s for sure,” Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton said.

Kempe put the Kings back in front 4-3 at 8:08 of the second period on the rush after the Kings lost a three-goal lead. Perlini cut the deficit to 3-2 at 2:06, scoring on a breakaway set up by Crawford’s stretch pass, and Connor Murphy tied it at 3-3 at 6:57. 

Leipsic made it 5-3 at 4:54 of the third period on a one-timer from Kovalchuk, scoring for the second straight game. 

“We have been in a lot of games lately (and) let them slip away in the third, so it’s nice to get one early there,” Leipsic said. “Didn’t sit back too much, didn’t give them a whole lot.”

Video: CHI@LAK: Walker scores through traffic for PPG

Brown got his second goal at 18:07 for the 6-3 final, his 276th in the NHL to pass Butch Goring (275) for sixth place in Kings history. Brown was playing in his 1,100th NHL game. 

The Kings scored power-plays goals 2:19 apart in the first period to take a 2-0 lead. Brown followed up his own rebound on a breakaway for his 15th goal to put Los Angeles up 1-0 at 2:23 after Chicago was called for too many men on the ice.

Quick had the secondary assist on Brown’s team-leading sixth power play goal. It was the sixth time since the 1993-94 season that both goalies had an assist in a game, and the first such instance since March 17, 2012 when Cory Schneider of the Vancouver Canucks and Steve Mason of the Columbus Blue Jackets each had an assist.  

Sean Walker scored on a long shot at 4:42 to make it 2-0 after Dylan Strome tripped Kings center Jeff Carter. 

Video: CHI@LAK: Perlini tees up one-timer that beats Quick

“Right away we’re chasing,” Colliton said. “I thought we had a good start, the first five minutes or whatever it was until we took the penalties. Then it was just mental mistakes and we put ourselves in a hole and could not find a way to come back.”

The Kings were 2-for-2 on the power play; the Blackhawks were 0-for-2.  

Kovalchuk made it 3-0 at 15:13 with a wrist shot from distance, but Perlini got the Blackhawks on the board with a one-timer at 18:46 to pull within 3-1.


They said it

“They just kind of had an answer for everything we tried offensively and turning it the other way and made us go the length of the ice every time. It’s just going to wear you down” — Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews 

“You’re not going to keep them quiet all night, but you want to do your best to contain them. They are elite players. They are going to get their chances, so just keep them to a minimum and keep them to the outside and when you do have time to pressure them pressure them. We did a good job on them.” — Kings forward Brendan Leipsic on holding the Blackhawks’ first line of Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad without a point


Need to know

Carter had two assists and has 699 career points. … Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane did not have a point for the third time in the past 31 games. … Los Angeles has scored on the power play in consecutive games after going 0-for-12 over the previous five games. … Kings forward Austin Wagner did not return after sustaining a lower-body injury on a hit by Gustav Forsling in the second period. … Blackhawks forward Drake Caggiula did not play after sustaining a concussion against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday.


What’s next

Blackhawks: At the San Jose Sharks on Sunday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSCA, NBCSCH, NHL.TV)

Kings: Host the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday (10:30 p.m. ET; FS-W, RDS, TSN2, NHL.TV)

Video: Brown scores twice as Kings double up Blackhawks, 6-3

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