Brown’s late tally sends Kings past Blackhawks

Updated: March 26, 2013

Dustin Brown scored the game-winning goal with
1:27 remaining in regulation to lift the Los Angeles Kings to a 5-4 comeback
win over the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center.

The Kings were coming off a pair of shutout losses and trailed the Western
Conference-leading Blackhawks on three separate occasions before rallying to
hand Chicago a second straight loss.

Tyler Toffoli tied the game in the third period, while the Kings also received
goals from Anze Kopitar, Dwight King and Jarret Stoll, who had a short-handed
tally in a wild second period.

Jonathan Quick picked up the win with 21 saves, while Corey Crawford’s 31 went
for naught.

Michael Frolik scored twice and added an assist to pace Chicago offensively.

“We knew it was a dangerous game for us,” Blackhawks head coach Joel
Quenneville said. “We knew they were going to be hungry, and we didn’t respond
to the challenge.”

Following a five-goal second period, the back-and-forth continued in the
third, as Chicago’s Jonathan Toews scored on a backhand 3:51 in for a 4-3
lead. Toffoli replied 4:15 later with a quick, long shot that caught Crawford
off guard, and it stayed tied until Brown capitalized on a fortunate bounce.

Brown’s initial shot deflected off the back of Chicago defenseman Johnny Oduya
and got Crawford out of position. The puck caromed back to Brown, who wasted
no time in scoring the deciding goal into the open net.

Frolik, playing on Chicago’s top line due to Marian Hossa’s injury, scored
5:55 into the game when his shot from between the circles found the five-hole.

Los Angeles ended its 150:35 scoreless drought early in a busy middle stanza.

Kopitar was solely responsible for the first tally, as his hard work along the
left boards resulted in the puck bouncing into Chicago’s zone. The forward
settled the disc after getting by two defenders and beat Crawford over his
left shoulder with a snap shot at the 4:21 mark.

The Kings were down a man three minutes later, but just 12 seconds after Brown
was whistled for interference, Stoll entered the neutral zone unabated, skated
in on Crawford and went up high for the go-ahead goal.

Frolik answered with 5:29 left in the period as he found the five-hole again,
this time re-directing Duncan Keith’s point shot into the back of the net.

Patrick Kane got behind the defense and snuck one past a sprawled-out Quick
with 41 seconds left in the frame, but a terrific stick-handling effort by
Drew Doughty evened things just before the horn. Doughty weaved his way
through a wall of defenders and got a shot on net that kicked out front and
went off King’s skate and in with just a half-second remaining.

“That was big,” Kopitar said of the late goal. “Going into the locker room
with the score being tied is obviously a lot better than being down.”

Game Notes

The Kings will celebrate their 2012 Stanley Cup title at the White House on
Tuesday … Frolik’s only other goal this season came against the Kings in the
season opener on Jan. 19 … The Blackhawks fell to 14-2-0 when scoring first
this year … Hossa missed his second consecutive game due to an upper-body
injury … Keith recorded three assists … Chicago has dropped two straight
at home after going 11-0-1 in its first dozen home tilts.