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Los Angeles at Chicago

Havlat scores two to help Blackhawks snap four-game losing streak

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CHICAGO -- The Blackhawks' big-time scorers were on target against the Los Angeles Kings. Their big hitters found their marks, too.

Chicago used some key early hits to set the tone, then clicked on offense in a 6-3 victory Wednesday. They jumped to a 3-0 lead and stayed in control throughout.

Martin Havlat scored twice, and Patrick Sharp and rookie Jonathan Toews each had a goal and two assists to help the Blackhawks end a season-high, four-game losing streak.

Tuomo Ruutu and Duncan Keith also scored for Chicago in a physical contest punctuated with several open-ice hits and a pair of fights. Patrick Kane, the NHL's leading rookie scorer, added two assists.

After missing 22 games with a shoulder injury, Havlat has five goals and three assists in seven games.

"We were hitting pretty often," Havlat said. "We made good, clean hits, and that gives you opportunities to get chances.

"Everybody did a better job, a smarter job than in those (last) four games."

Ruutu, who opened the scoring 3:11 in, was one of the physical forces. He slammed Lubomir Visnovsky with under five minutes left in the first period, and was given a charging penalty.

Ruutu then fought with Brad Stuart, who instigated the altercation.

"We want to be a team that's hard to play against," Ruutu said. "When you play that way, you play better with the puck."

Chicago coach Denis Savard saluted his hitters and his scorers.

"We were physical and we had to be," Savard said. "I know you look at the goals and points, but those guys made the difference."

Michal Handzus scored and assisted on a goal by Patrick O'Sullivan. Anze Kopitar also scored for Los Angeles, extending his point streak to eight games (six goals, six assists).

"We knew they were going to come out hard because they needed a big game," Handzus said. "We didn't respond and that was the difference."

Kings coach Marc Crawford agreed.

"I thought the hit by Ruutu in the first period made a difference, and their young guy (Dustin) Byfuglien also had a big one," Crawford said.

Chicago's Nikolai Khabibulin made 25 saves.

Jean-Sebastien Aubin started in goal for Los Angeles, but was replaced by Jonathan Quick late in the first period after allowing three goals on nine shots. Quick permitted three on 27 shots.

Ruutu opened the scoring 3:11 into the first period on a shot from the left circle that beat Aubin on the stick side.

The goal was set up by Adam Burish from behind the Los Angeles net and was Ruutu's third in 21 games.

Havlat and Keith scored 34 seconds apart late in the first to give Chicago a 3-0 lead and chase Aubin.

Havlat drove to the net and fired a shot that rolled in over Aubin's right pad and glove with 6:28 left in the first.

Keith connected from the slot, beating Aubin with a low shot that slipped just under his right skate. Quick then entered.

Handzus cut it to 3-1 with a shot from the left circle with 55 seconds left in the period. The shot went in just as Los Angeles' Scott Thornton slammed into Khabibulin, but goaltender interference wasn't called.

Havlat made it 4-1 during a 5-on-3 power play at 5:05 of the second. He stick-handled to the net from the right circle and beat Quick with a shot on the stick side.

O'Sullivan trimmed the deficit to 4-2 with 3:23 left in the second when he poked a rebound of Rob Blake's shot between Khabibulin's legs.

Kopitar beat Khabibulin with a 35-foot slap shot from the slot at 6:36 of the third to narrow it to 4-3.

Toews was credited with a goal that made it 5-3 only 42 seconds later. Kane's centering pass hit Toews in the shoulder and deflected in.

Sharp's breakaway goal with 2:05 left completed the scoring.

Notes

  • Veteran Blackhawks forwards Yanic Perreault and Sergei Samsonov returned after sitting out two games as healthy scratches.
  • Chicago D Dustin Byfuglien posted an assist, and has five goals and five assists in seven games.
  • Blackhawks C Jason Williams missed his sixth consecutive game and 10th of 11 due to a groin injury. He is out indefinitely. RW Rene Bourque missed his ninth game with a broken thumb.
  • Kings LW Alexander Frolov sat out his 10th game with a groin injury, and LW Ladislav Nagy missed his third (hip flexor).
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In seven games since returning from injury, Martin Havlat has five goals and three assists.  (Getty Images)
In seven games since returning from injury, Martin Havlat has five goals and three assists. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Los Angeles (12-17-2)1113
Chicago  (15-13-2) «3126
Three Stars
M. Havlat
CHI


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
J. Toews
CHI


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
T. Ruutu
CHI


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
03:11Tuomo Ruutu (6), Wrist Shot. Assist: Adam Burish, Dave Bolland
13:32Martin Havlat (4), Wrist Shot. Assist: Robert Lang, Brent Sopel
14:06Duncan Keith (5), Slap Shot. Assist: Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp
19:05Short - Michal Handzus (4), Wrist Shot. Assist: Scott Thornton, Kyle Calder
2ND PERIOD
05:05Power Play - Martin Havlat (5), Wrist Shot. Assist: Jonathan Toews, Dustin Byfuglien
16:37Patrick O'Sullivan (6), Wrist Shot. Assist: Rob Blake, Michal Handzus
3RD PERIOD
06:36Anze Kopitar (15), Slap Shot. Assist: Kyle Calder, Michael Cammalleri
07:18Jonathan Toews (12), Tip-In. Assist: Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp
17:54Patrick Sharp (14), Wrist Shot. Assist: Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
07:33Lang, 2 min, Hooking
15:09Burish, 5 min, Fighting
15:09Armstrong, 5 min, Fighting
15:09Burish, 10 min, Game Misconduct
15:09Ruutu, 2 min, Charging
15:09Stuart, 2 min, Instigator
15:09Stuart, 10 min, Misconduct
15:09Stuart, 5 min, Fighting
15:09Armstrong, 10 min, Game Misconduct
15:09Stuart, 10 min, Game Misconduct
15:09Ruutu, 5 min, Fighting
19:05Seabrook, 2 min, Roughing
19:05Thornton, 2 min, Roughing
15:09Stuart, 2 min, Instigator
2ND PERIOD
03:51Willsie, 2 min, Hooking
04:50Blake, 2 min, Roughing
05:59Zyuzin, 2 min, Hooking
16:37Khabibulin, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
3RD PERIOD
11:03Ivanans, 10 min, Misconduct
Shots On Goal
 123T
Los Angeles981128
Chicago11131236
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Jean-Sebastien Aubin14:0663
Jonathan Quick45:38243
Nikolai Khabibulin59:51253
Game Information
Attendance - 12534
Referees - Stephane Auger, Kevin Pollock
Linesmen - Scott Cherrey, Brad Lazarowich
 
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