CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Sharp and Martin Havlat each scored two
goals, Nikolai Khabibulin made 14 saves, and the Chicago
Blackhawks defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 on Sunday to end
an 0-3-2 slump.
Chicago, which snapped its longest winless streak this season,
is 4-7-3 in its past 14.
Sharp skated in his first game after missing 16 with a left knee
Khabibulin lost a bid for his second shutout this season and
40th of his career when the Kings’ Drew Doughty scored a
power-play goal with 3:06 left in the third.
The victory moved the Blackhawks into fourth place in the
Western Conference, two points ahead of idle Vancouver.
Khabibulin earned his first win since a 3-1 victory in Atlanta
on Feb. 11, when he suffered a groin injury that sidelined him
for a month. Khabibulin, who was activated from injured reserve
on March 11, has started four of Chicago’s past five games.
Los Angeles’ Jonathan Quick made 28 saves as Chicago dominated
for most of the game and outshot the Kings 32-15.
The Kings, playing the third game of a six-game road trip, saw
their playoff hopes dwindle further. Los Angeles is seven points
behind eighth-place Nashville in the Western Conference and the
postseason cutoff with 10 games remaining.
Los Angeles lost its second straight and is 1-4-1 in its past
Chicago had a 5:35 power play including a 25-second 5-on-3 early
in the first set up by a double-minor to Los Angeles’ Justin
Williams and a minor to Sean O’Donnell.
Sharp opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 9:46 and with
54 seconds left in the long advantage. He beat Quick on the
glove side with a rising shot from low edge of the left circle
to complete a 2-on-1 break.
Havlat made it 2-0 at 4:21 of the second when he completed a
give-and-go with Sharp with a one-timer from the right edge of
the crease. Havlat dished to Sharp in the right circle; Sharp
then slid a pass back to Havlat after Havlat cut across the
Quick stopped Chicago’s Troy Brouwer on a breakaway with a glove
save midway through the second.
A wraparound attempt by the Blackhawks’ Andrew Ladd slipped
underneath Quick’s pads at 7:16 of the third. Los Angeles’ Kyle
Quincey crashed into the net and dislodged it before the loose
puck crossed the goal line.
Quincey received a delay-of-game penalty on the play.
Doughty scored a power-play goal on a screened shot from the
right wing with 3:06 left in regulation to cut it to 2-1.
Sharp scored into an empty net with 1:06 remaining to make it
3-1. Havlat added empty-net goal with 18 seconds left to
complete the scoring.