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Blackhawks beat Kings, one win from Cup final

The Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane flies over Kings goalie Jonathan Quick after knocking the puck over the goal line to tie the score at 2 in the second period.

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The Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane flies over Kings goalie Jonathan Quick after knocking the puck over the goal line to tie the score at 2 in the second period.

LOS ANGELES — Marian Hossa scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period and the Blackhawks moved to the brink of the Stanley Cup final with a 3-2 victory over the Kings on Thursday in Game 4 of the Western Conference final.

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Patrick Kane tapped home the tying goal — his first goal in eight games — as Chicago rallied from a second-period deficit to snap the defending Stanley Cup champions' 15-game home winning streak dating to March 23.

Bryan Bickell had a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks, who took a 3-1 lead in the series.

"I thought (Thursday) we battled from the beginning to the end," Hossa told NBC Sports Network. "We found a way to score goals. We are glad that we got one win in this building."

Slava Voynov and Dustin Penner scored for the Kings, who had won their first eight playoff games at Staples Center.

Chicago played without its top defenseman, Duncan Keith, who was suspended for a game for his high-stick on Kings center Jeff Carter in Game 3.

Michal Rozsival moved into the top four and accounted for a lot of the ice time the Blackhawks lost with Keith out of the lineup. Niklas Hjalmarsson also picked up his play and had assists on the Bickell and Kane goals.

Bruins lose Campbell to broken right leg

BOSTON — For the last minute of his season, Bruins center Gregory Campbell helped kill a penalty while skating on a broken right leg.

Then he slowly went to the bench to a standing ovation and to Boston's locker room in the second period of the Bruins' 2-1 win in double overtime over the Penguins in Game 3 of the East final late Wednesday.

The Bruins will be without their dependable center on their strong fourth line when they try to sweep the series tonight.

"What he did (Wednesday) surprised a lot of people, but it didn't surprise us because that's just who he is," Boston coach Claude Julien said Thursday.

Campbell had the leg broken during a power play in which he dove and blocked Evgeni Malkin's hard shot from 50 feet on the right. It took him 10 seconds to get up, then he got in front of Malkin again and Kris Letang, forcing both to make passes.

The Penguins will try to become the fourth NHL team to come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a seven-game series. The Bruins were the last team to let a 3-0 lead slip away, allowing the Flyers to charge back in the 2010 conference semifinals.

Ratings: Game 3 of the East final on NBC Sports Network was the most-watched conference final game on cable since 2002, drawing an average 2.844 million viewers, NBC said.

Blackhawks 1 1 1 3
Kings 1 1 0 2

First Period1, LA, Voynov 6 (Clifford, Fraser), 3:28. 2, Chi, Bickell 8 (Frolik, Hjalmarsson), 13:16. PenaltiesShaw, Chi (slashing), 4:39; Stoll, LA (holding), 8:49.

Second Period3, LA, Penner 3 (Carter, Toffoli), 2:12. 4, Chi, Kane 3 (Bickell, Hjalmarsson), 18:21. PenaltiesGreene, LA (hooking), 4:40; Kopitar, LA (delay of game), 5:47; Kane, Chi (hooking), 12:39; Regehr, LA (interference), 19:00.

Third Period5, Chi, Hossa 7 (Handzus, Oduya), 1:10. PenaltiesFrolik, Chi (high-sticking), 15:23. Shots on GoalChi 11-8-9—28. LA 10-9-2—21. Power-play opportunitiesChi 0 of 4; LA 0 of 3. GoaliesChi, Crawford 11-5-0 (21 shots-19 saves). LA, Quick 9-8-0 (28-25).

Blackhawks beat Kings, one win from Cup final 06/06/13 [Last modified: Friday, June 7, 2013 12:24am]
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