Versteeg, Kings beat slumping Blackhawks 5-0

Chicago Blackhawks left wing Tomas Fleischmann (12) tries to keep the puck away from Los Angeles Kings center Vincent Lecavalier (44) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 14, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)
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CHICAGO (AP) Kris Versteeg and Milan Lucic scored 18 seconds apart in the first period, and the Los Angeles Kings routed the slumping Chicago Blackhawks 5-0 on Monday night in a matchup of Western Conference powers looking for another championship run.

Vincent Lecavalier, Dustin Brown and Tyler Toffoli also scored as Los Angeles improved to 8-2-1 in its last 11 games. Jonathan Quick made 32 saves in his 41st career shutout, helping the Pacific Division leaders kill off each of Chicago's six power-play opportunities.

The Blackhawks (41-23-6) lost for the fourth time in five games, including three in a row against St. Louis, Dallas and Los Angeles – three potential playoff opponents. The defending Stanley Cup champions are just 9-10-2 since their franchise-record 12-game win streak.

The slide has dropped Chicago into third in the tough Central Division with just 12 games left on its schedule.