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Kings beat Blackhawks, tighten West final

LOS ANGELES — Slava Voynov had a goal and an assist, Jonathan Quick made 19 saves, and the Kings beat the Blackhawks 3-1 Tuesday night in Game 3 of the Western Conference final, trimming Chicago's series lead to 2-1.

Justin Williams also scored and Dwight King added an empty-net goal in the defending Stanley Cup champions' 15th consecutive home victory since March. The Kings have won eight straight home playoff games, dating to last season's title clincher, and they never trailed while ending the top-seeded Blackhawks' five-game postseason winning streak.

Bryan Bickell scored and Corey Crawford stopped 25 shots for the Blackhawks.

The Kings had lost five of their previous seven playoff games before getting back to Staples Center. Quick also returned to Conn Smythe Trophy form in Game 3, highlighted by a late save on Bickell, while his low-scoring teammates generated just enough offense.

Jeff Carter had two assists during an inspired effort despite the absence of injured linemate Mike Richards, and Voynov had his fourth multipoint game in a prolific postseason.

The Blackhawks matched their playoff low with just 20 shots, but were one good bounce away from tying the score. Brandon Saad nearly had an open net after a cross-ice pass from Viktor Stalberg with five minutes left, but couldn't collect the puck. Moments later, Keith missed a near-breakaway at the Kings' blue line when Chicago went offside, and Quick stopped Bickell.

Visor issue widens

TORONTO — New NHL players might soon have to wear visors, and the rest might join them in the near future.

The league's competition committee recommended visors be mandatory for all players entering the league, beginning next season. The group also suggested that hybrid icing be tested during the 2013-14 preseason, as were shallower nets.

Any changes must first be approved by the league's board of governors. That also includes a change that makes all four-minute, high-sticking penalties subject to video review.

Former NHL defenseman Mathieu Schneider, special assistant to NHL Players Association executive director Donald Fehr, said a "clear majority" of players supported grandfathering visors. He declined to say what percent of players voted in favor of the change in an internal survey.

The Lightning's Steve Yzerman is one of the GMs on the competition committee.

The league's helmet rule, instituted in 1979, also had a grandfather clause, though by the mid 1980s there were few helmetless players.

"I think the biggest thing is that every player coming into the league has to have previously worn one," Schneider said of visors. "We have 70-plus percent of the guys currently wearing them in the league. Overall, it's just been a change in attitude."

Kings 1 1 1 3
Blackhawks 0 1 0 1

First Period1, Los Angeles, Williams 6 (Voynov, Scuderi), 3:21. PenaltiesKopitar, LA (tripping), 6:42; Sharp, Chi (roughing), 14:03; Williams, LA (roughing), 14:03; Sharp, Chi (slashing), 17:32.

Second Period2, Los Angeles, Voynov 5 (Toffoli, Carter), 6:37. 3, Chicago, Bickell 7, 19:26. PenaltiesOduya, Chi (interference), 2:59; Keith, Chi, double minor (high-sticking), 7:58.

Third Period4, Los Angeles, King 1 (Carter, Greene), 19:32 (en). PenaltiesKruger, Chi (high-sticking), 1:52; Brown, LA (interference), 3:43. Shots on GoalChicago 7-3-10—20. Los Angeles 8-9-11—28. Power-play opportunitiesChicago 0 of 2; Los Angeles 0 of 5. GoaliesChicago, Crawford 10-5-0 (27 shots-25 saves). Los Angeles, Quick 9-7-0 (20-19). A18,477 (18,118). T2:29. Referees—Stephen Walkom, Eric Furlatt. LinesmenBrad Kovachik, Shane Heyer.

Kings beat Blackhawks, tighten West final 06/04/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 1:21am]
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