Blackhawks push Kings to the brink

Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick makes a save on Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw during Game 4 of the...

Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick makes a save on Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw during Game 4 of the NHL Western Conference final at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, June 6, 2013. (DANNY MOLOSHOK/Reuters)

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:28 PM ET

LOS ANGELES - No Duncan Keith, no problem for the Chicago Blackhawks, who have the reigning Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings on the ropes.

Marian Hossa broke a deadlock early in the third period to spark the Blackhawks to a 3-2 victory over the Kings on Thursday in Los Angeles. Chicago is one win away from reaching the championship round.

The Blackhawks, without star defenceman in Keith due to a one-game suspension he received for a vicious slash in Game 3, have a commanding 3-1 series lead in the best-of-seven NHL Western Conference final.

“It's huge. It's a big difference 2-2 coming home or 3-1,” Hossa said. “We are glad to win in this building, we know they were playing so well at home and finally break that streak.”

They'll look to advance to the Stanley Cup final Saturday in the Windy City.

Right after the Blackhawks failed to convert on a power play, Hossa and Michal Handzus were sprung on a two-on-one rush.


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