The downtown sky cleared up Saturday in time for the
Inside the building, there seemed to be a timely opening for the Kings: The
And so it happened that
Carter zipped a wrist shot from the left side for his 10th goal, which leads the Kings. Goalie
“We’ve had them four-on-threes [situations], probably more in the last month than probably would you have in the whole season,” Sutter said of Carter’s winner. “Obviously, it’s a big goal. Good shot by Jeff. It’s a pretty good four guys to be out there [with Carter, Tyler Toffoli,
The monument was a bronze, granite and glass tableau of Kings players through the years, from Rogie Vachon to
So it went that defenseman
Gaborik played on the fourth line with Nick Shore and
He had a golden chance at a tiebreaking goal midway through the third period but shot wide in the slot.
The Kings and Blackhawks staged an epic 2014 playoff series known for long stretches of whistle-free play. The first period made that seem like eons ago. The Kings went offside three times on a power play and couldn't break through with a 13-1 shot advantage through the opening 18 minutes.
The Blackhawks? They scored on that one shot, a deft tip by Patrick Kane off Duncan Keith's shot that roofed up over Budaj.
The Kings thought they had the game’s first goal just more than a minute in when Toffoli slid the puck on a backhand off Carter’s rebound past Darling. Chicago challenged that Tanner Pearson pushed Blackhawks defenseman
While Gaborik returned, Andy Andreoff continued to wait for his return to the lineup since he recovered from thumb surgery. Andreoff said before the game that "I feel like I'm ready" but understood that it wasn't ideal to tinker with the lineup during a winning run.
"We're on a four-game winning streak, so you can't really change much," Andreoff said. "Be ready in practice and get the conditioning up and get that timing back."