CHICAGO — Jeff Carter scored three of Los Angeles' six straight goals, and the Kings beat the Blackhawks 6-2 Wednesday night to leave the Western Conference final tied at one game apiece.
Tyler Toffoli and Jake Muzzin also scored in Los Angeles' five-goal third period as the Kings became the first visiting team to win in Chicago this postseason. The Blackhawks won their first seven home playoff games this year, but the Kings skated right by Chicago after the defending Stanley Cup champions took a 2-0 lead in the second period.
Game 3 of the best-of-seven series is Saturday night in Los Angeles.
Nick Leddy and Ben Smith scored for Chicago, and Corey Crawford made 25 saves.
The Blackhawks were in position for their fourth consecutive win before Drew Doughty drove a slap shot by Crawford to tie it at 2 just 1:37 into the third. Carter then had another power-play score at 4:04 that gave Los Angeles the lead.
Once the Kings got going, they appeared to get almost anything they wanted against the sagging Blackhawks. Tanner Pearson set up goals by Toffoli at 8:59 and Carter at 14:44, and Carter added an empty-netter for his seventh of the playoffs.
Carter also had an assist in his first career four-point playoff game. It was his second playoff hat trick.
Carter also scored three times in a 4-0 playoff win at Phoenix on May 15, 2012.
Jonathan Quick made 23 saves for the Kings, including a big stop on Brent Seabrook with Chicago trying for a 3-0 lead in the second.
First Period—1, Chicago, Leddy 1 (Keith), 14:16 (pp). Penalties—Mitchell, LA (holding), 3:52; Greene, LA (hooking), 5:14; Handzus, Chi (holding), 10:32; Mitchell, LA (cross-checking), 13:08; Hjalmarsson, Chi (interference), 15:47; Doughty, LA (holding), 18:48.
Second Period—2, Chicago, Smith 2 (Bollig, Oduya), 1:40. 3, Los Angeles, Williams 6 (Richards, King), 18:14. Penalties—None.
Third Period—4, Los Angeles, Carter 5 (Doughty, Voynov), 1:37 (pp). 5, Los Angeles, Muzzin 4 (Martinez, Gaborik), 4:04 (pp). 6, Los Angeles, Toffoli 5 (Pearson, Carter), 8:59. 7, Los Angeles, Carter 6 (Pearson, Greene), 14:44. 8, Los Angeles, Carter 7, 16:29 (en). Penalties—Bollig, Chi (interference), 1:14; Chicago bench, served by Saad (too many men), 2:50; Martinez, LA (roughing), 19:09; Handzus, Chi (roughing), 19:09. Shots on Goal—Los Angeles 8-11-12—31. Chicago 9-10-6—25. Power-play opportunities—Los Angeles 2 of 4; Chicago 1 of 4. Goalies—Los Angeles, Quick 9-7-0 (25 shots-23 saves). Chicago, Crawford 9-5-0 (30-25). A—22,019 (19,717). T—2:37. Referees—Dave Jackson, Dan O'Rourke. Linesmen—Shane Heyer, Jonny Murray.
canadiens: The club will start third-string goalie Dustin Tokarski again tonight against the Rangers. Struggling forward Thomas Vanek was dropped to the fourth line in practice alongside Danny Briere and Brandon Prust.
canucks: The club hired Jim Benning as general manager. Benning, 51, spent the last eight seasons with the Bruins, including seven as assistant general manager. The former Canucks defenseman replaces Mike Gillis, who was fired as president and general manager.
lightning move: Tampa Bay signed defenseman Dylan Blujus to a three-year, entry-level contract. Blujus, 20, was the team's second-round pick in 2012.