Old Kings return to cut Blackhawks' lead in half

Los Angeles Kings' Slava Voynov (26) reacts to his goal against the Chicago Blackhawks with...

Los Angeles Kings' Slava Voynov (26) reacts to his goal against the Chicago Blackhawks with teammate Tyler Toffoli in the second period of Game 3 of the NHL Western Conference final hockey playoff in Los Angeles, California, June 4, 2013. (REUTERS)

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:11 AM ET

LOS ANGELES - For two games in the NHL Western Conference final, the Los Angeles Kings looked nothing like the reigning Stanley Cup champs.

Then the Kings returned home and provided a reminder they're still a force to reckon.

Or at least aren't quite ready to go gently into that good night.

Using the same old, tried-and-true model – a stifling defence with standout netminding and timely goals while grinding down their opponents – the Kings pulled themselves back into the series with a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks Tuesday night.

Chicago still leads the best-of-seven series 2-1.

“We needed this game. we needed this game bad,” Kings defenceman Rob Scuderi said. “I think everyone knows the percentages of trying to win a series once you’re down 3-0.We needed this one.”


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