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Quick helps Kings upend Blackhawks

By Jonathan Raber

PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Following an extended layoff because of

the All-Star break, the Los Angeles Kings could not wait to get

back on the ice.

Jonathan Quick turned aside 31 shots and captain Dustin Brown

recorded two goals and an assist as the Kings skated to 5-2

victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday.

Alexander Frolov notched a goal and an assist, Patrick

O'Sullivan netted a shorthander and Jarret Stoll also tallied

for Los Angeles, which won its third consecutive game.

"We were anxious to get out there and get it going," said Stoll,

whose team last played on January 21. "It's a long break.

Eight days off feels like two weeks for sure, so it's good to

get going."

Defenseman Kyle Quincey set up a pair of goals for the Kings.

"It wasn't pretty all of the time, but the bottom line is, we

got two points against a really good team," Los Angeles coach

Terry Murray said. "And after eight days off, that was a tough

assignment."

Dave Bolland and Patrick Sharp scored, All-Star defenseman Brian

Campbell registered two assists and Cristobal Huet made 21 saves

for Chicago, which fell to 1-3-0 in its last four.

"I think we've got to respect everybody in this league,"

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "There are no easy

games."

Brown, the team's lone All-Star, and Stoll scored 1:45 apart

late in the opening period for an early advantage, and the Kings

did not look back.

"We came out hard, and I think that obviously jump-started the

whole game for (us)," Brown said.

Quick stopped 10 shots in the first period and 15 in the second

but lost his bid for a shutout at 7:31 of the third, when

Bolland scored on a slap shot from just outside the right

faceoff circle.

The rookie goaltender improved to 7-5-0 on the season.

"(Quick) was really good, he saved our bacon out there a couple

of times tonight," Murray said. "He's been that way through

most every game that he's played."

Sharp added his team-leading 22nd goal midway through the period

for the Blackhawks, who fell to 0-6-3 in their last nine

meetings with the Kings at Staples Center. Chicago was coming

off a 3-2 victory at Anaheim on Wednesday that kicked off a

season-high eight-game road trip.

"I think L.A. is a lot better than what people give them credit

for," Campbell said. "They are a good hockey team and played us

pretty good last time. We've got to find a way to get better."

The Kings got the scoring started just as a 5-on-3 power play

was expiring. Chicago's Ben Eager exited the penalty box and

joined the play just as Anze Kopitar fed Brown, who converted

with 5:13 remaining in the first for his 18th tally of the

season.

Stoll followed with a goal of his own less than two minutes

later, taking a pass from behind the net by Brown and beating

Huet for the 2-0 advantage.

Quick picked up his first career point, getting credit for an

assist on a pass to O'Sullivan, who skated the length of the ice

to score a shorthanded goal 5:26 into the second that gave the

Kings a 3-0 bulge.

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