NHL: Los Angeles Kings revive title challenge
Last Updated: 05/06/13 8:12am
Players from the Los Angeles Kings celebrate
The Los Angeles Kings kept alive their hopes of defending their Stanley Cup title with a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.
After losing the opening two games of the best-of-seven series in Chicago, the Kings returned to some home comforts - they are now 8-0 at the Staples Center this post-season - and can level the series in LA on Thursday.
The Kings controlled the game for long stretches goals from Justin Williams and Slava Voynov fired them into a 2-0 lead before Bryan Bickell hauled the Hawks back into the game late in the second.
Goaltender Jonathan Quick - who was pulled in the 4-2 defeat in Game Two - then pulled out a superb stop to deny Bickell in the third as the Blackhawks poured forward in search of an equaliser.
Quick made 19 saves on the night and with his opposite number Corey Crawford pulled in the final minute to give Chicago an extra forward on the ice, Dwight King put the result beyond doubt with an empty-net tally.
"We knew exactly the kind of game they were going to play and that they were going to have more confidence, more energy in their own building," Chicago captain Jonathan Toews told nhl.com. "We just didn't bring that same effort and that same pace. We know we have to be better than that in the next one."