LOS ANGELES — Jeff Carter scored two goals and added an assist, Tyler Toffoli scored a goal and added an assist, and Jake Muzzin scored late in the third period to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a come-from -behind 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in front of a standing-room only crowd of 18,525 at Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 28.
Anze Kopitar contributed two assists for the Kings.
The Blackhawks opened the scoring after Kings rookie defenseman Brayden McNabb blocked a shot, only to see the puck deflect right onto the stick of Chicago forward Patrick Kane below the right circle. Due to the bounce, Kane had a gaping net to shoot at, giving the Blackhawks the lead just 1:58 into the game.
Carter answered at the 8:42 mark with a goal off a wrist shot from the inside of the left circle to tie the game, but Patrick Sharp scored a power play goal exactly three minutes later to give Chicago a 2-1 lead.
Carter tied the game early in the second period on a wrister from low in the right circle, picking the top right corner to tie the game, 2-2.
Andrew Shaw gave the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead at 2:25 of the third period, after the Kings coughed up the puck high in the Chicago zone, giving the Blackhawks a chance off the rush. Shaw had a lot of room, and from inside the right face-off dot, he beat Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick top shelf, glove side.
The Kings struggled to move the puck out of their zone throughout much of the third period, and as a result, were usually unable to generate much of an attack. But on one of the few quality chances they got, Toffoli scored from the high slot at 13:49 to tie the game, 3-3.
Muzzin’s wrist shot from the top of the slot at 16:23 was deflected by Chicago defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, beating Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford, giving the Kings their margin of victory.
Crawford took the loss in a 23-save effort. Quick got the win for the Kings, stopping 26 shots.
You can watch video of the post-game media interview with Carter, and you can listen to the post-game interview with Kings head coach Darryl Sutter below.
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Los Angeles Kings, January 28, 2015, Staples Center, Los Angeles via FrozenRoyaltyNHL on YouTube
Raw Audio Interviews
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Darryl Sutter (1:32)
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You could tell on the NBC interview that Carts was affected by not having Richards around. Here’s to getting these two back for another run at the Cup. Good win. GKG.