Quick work gives Kings win over Blackhawks

BY foxsports • November 29, 2009

Anze Kopitar and Jack Johnson scored in the first two rounds of a shootout and Jonathan Quick stopped both Chicago attempts, leading the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 victory over the Blackhawks on Saturday night.

Quick finished with 32 saves, and Wayne Simmonds scored early in the second period.

The Kings spent the final 1:02 of overtime killing off a hooking penalty against Drew Doughty and then went to work against former Los Angeles goalie Cristobal Huet.

Kopitar faked Huet to his left before sliding the puck between his legs, then Johnson made an identical move before flipping the puck over Huet's glove. Quick stopped Jonathan Towes and Patrick Kane at the other end.

Michael Handzus was off serving a holding-the-stick penalty when Towes tied it with 13:04 left in regulation. Quick stopped Kane's wrist shot from the top of the right circle, but Towes beat Matt Greene to the rebound and scored his fifth goal.

Towes, who led Chicago last season with 34 goals, has three in his last 10 games after missing the previous six because of a concussion.

Simmonds got his eighth of the season at 2:41 of the second period. He carried the puck along the right boards, left a drop pass for Handzus, headed toward the net, got a perfect return pass from Handzus at the edge of the crease and beat Huet with a backhander between the pads.

Simmonds has scored the Kings' first or only goal in three consecutive games. He nearly won it with 3 minutes left in overtime, when his 20-foot wrist shot got a piece of Huet's glove and trickled just wide of the right post.

Chicago came in averaging the fewest shots on net allowed (24.2) and Los Angeles had the second-fewest (26.3). The Kings, who had a season-low 18 shots on net against Huet in a 4-1 loss that started Chicago's winning streak, had 22 this time.

The game's first shot on net came on a breakaway by Kopitar, who was denied by Huet moments after Kopitar blocked a shot from the left point by Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith. Kopitar, who leads the Kings with 14 goals, hasn't scored in his last nine games.

NOTES: Blackhawks C John Madden lost all nine faceoffs he took during the first two periods and 13 of 17 overall. He had won 48.9 percent of his faceoffs entering the game. ... Chicago had won eight straight before losing 3-0 at Anaheim on Friday night. ... The Kings and Blackhawks don't meet again until March, when they play twice in a span of nine days to conclude the regular-season series.

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