May 24, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter (77) tosses his stick over the glass to a group of fans after defeating the Chicago Blackhawks in game three of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Daily Recap: Kings take 2-1 lead


Last night in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Los Angeles Kings hosted the Chicago Blackhawks in game three of a 1-1 series.

Chicago Blackhawks – 3 Los Angeles Kings – 4 (Kings lead series 2-1)

*Jeff Carter followed up his hat trick in game two with a goal and two assists in the Kings 4-3 victory in game three. Jonathan Toews scored two goals for the Blackhawks in the first period, but they couldn’t hold on to the 2-1 lead entering the second as the Kings scored three answered goals, two in the second, to take a 4-2 lead. Carter tied the game up in the middle of the second, then got the primary assist on Tyler Toffoli‘s go-ahead goal with less than six minutes to go in the period. Drew Doughty added an insurance marker, and the eventual game-winning goal, midway through the third. Patrick Sharp scored with five seconds remaining in the game, but it was too little too late. Jonathan Quick only made 24 saves, but 10 of those came in the second period. The Blackhawks outshot the Kings 10-4 in the period, but two of the four Kings shots found the back of the net. Already ahead by a goal in the third, the Kings didn’t let up, outshooting Chicago 18-7 in the final frame. Game four is Monday night back in Los Angeles.

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