Chicago at Los Angeles

Kopitar, Johnson score in shootout as Kings beat Blackhawks


LOS ANGELES -- All season long, the Los Angeles Kings have been making the kind of strides that befit a team with playoff aspirations. A solid defensive effort against the high-scoring Chicago Blackhawks was another significant step.

Anze Kopitar and Jack Johnson scored in the first two rounds of a shootout and Jonathan Quick stopped both Chicago attempts, leading the Kings to a 2-1 victory Saturday night. Quick finished with a season-high 32 saves, and Wayne Simmonds scored early in the second period.

"We did all the little things today and it paid off in the end," Quick said. "The team played great in front of me, blocked shots and cleared out rebounds. It was a good game, and we just have to build off of it."

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 Toews and Patrick Kane at the other end.

"I thought the whole team played well tonight, but without Quick we definitely wouldn't have won the game," Doughty said. "We are all confident in him. He is the starter for a reason. He's been making all the saves at the right times."

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

"I thought the third period was our best of the game and it put ourselves in a pretty good spot," coach Joel Quenneville said. "We've been on the road for a while and at the end of trips, traditionally teams look like they're looking for the finish line, but I like how we competed and we were determined about trying to get something out of it."

The Blackhawks finished their annual circus trip 4-1-1, their best showing since 1990-91 (5-1-0).

"We're not going to say we're satisfied, but all in all you can say it was a good road trip," Toews said. "We're kind of disappointed about not coming up with two points tonight, but we've proven that we can win on the road again this year and it's a big step for us."

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, including Thursday's 4-1 loss at Vancouver. He nearly won it with three 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.

"He looks like he did the last 10 games last year. He's really jumping and he's got a lot of power in his game," coach Terry Murray said. "Going to the net the way he did tonight to score that goal, he's just showing us that he's maturing and that he wants more. I love what he's doing and I love his attitude."

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.


  • 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.
  • Toews, who led Chicago last season with 34 goals, has three in his last 10 games after missing the previous six because of a concussion.
  • Chicago had won eight straight before losing 3-0 at Anaheim on Friday night. The Blackhawks haven't been shut out in consecutive games since a three-game stretch in October 2006.
  • 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.
  • Huet's last season with Los Angeles was 2003-04. Since then, 12 different goalies have played for the Kings.
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Wayne Simmonds' (right) second-period goal gives the Kings crowd something to cheer about.  (Getty Images)
Wayne Simmonds' (right) second-period goal gives the Kings crowd something to cheer about. (Getty Images)
Chicago (16-6-3)00100 (0)1
Los Angeles  (15-10-2) «01001 (2)2
Three Stars
J. Quick

Saves: 32
Save Pct.: .970
J. Toews

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
W. Simmonds

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
02:41Wayne Simmonds (8), Backhand Shot. Assist: Handzus, Parse
06:56Power Play - Jonathan Toews (5), Wrist Shot. Assist: Kane, Keith
 Anze Kopitar (2), GOAL
 Jack Johnson (3), GOAL
Penalty Summary
16:49Handzus, 2 min, Hooking
04:57Byfuglien, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
07:47Campbell, 2 min, Tripping
19:25Hjalmarsson, 2 min, Roughing
06:41Handzus, 2 min, Holding the Stick
09:02Parse, 2 min, Interference
03:58Doughty, 2 min, Hooking
Shots On Goal
Los Angeles410620
Cristobal Huet 64:4521122
Jonathan Quick 64:5532120
Game Information
Attendance - 18118
Referees - Mike Leggo, Brian Pochmara
Linesmen - Shane Heyer, Mike Cvik
Other Games
TB 3 Final
Dal 4
Cal 4 Final
Colu 3
NYI 1 Final
NJ 6
Phi 0 Final
Atl 1
Fla 1 Final
Nash 4
Ott 3 Final
Bos 4
Wash 4 Final
Mon 3
Det 4 Final
StL 3
Car 1 Final
Buf 5
Min 3 Final
Colo 2
NYR 3 Final
Pitt 8
Edm 3 Final
Van 7