- Jesse Rogers, Chicago Cubs beat reporter
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How it happened: It took six rounds before Mike Richards won it with the lone goal in the shootout. Marcus Kruger had one last chance to keep it going but mishandled the puck. Patrick Kane tied the game midway through the third period after Marian Hossa took the puck to the net and Kane crashed for the rebound goal. Jeff Carter broke a 1-1 tie late in the second period after Duncan Keith was ridden off the play behind the Hawks net by Richards. The puck found Dwight King, who passed it to Carter in front for the goal. The Hawks tied the game earlier in the period when Kruger scored his ninth of the year on a rebound of a Patrick Sharp shot. Los Angeles started fast, outshooting the Hawks by a wide margin early in the game. After a scramble in front of goalie Jonathan Quick, Keith threw a blind pass to the far point which was picked off and taken the other way for a 4-on-1 break. Slava Voynov finished the easy scoring play. The Hawks had a few other chances in the third period, including a Viktor Stalberg penalty shot, but Quick made the save as he did earlier on a Dave Bolland point-blank opportunity.
What it means: The Kings had the Hawks’ number in terms of keeping them off the scoreboard while taking three of four games in the season series. The Hawks totaled four goals in the four games and went 175:59 between scores at one point. Hawks coach Joel Quenneville changed lines quickly as the top line, and others, struggled and the Hawks gained energy as the game progressed. But a slow start has been the norm lately and it put them in a chasing mode. Keith had his issues on both regulation goals against and they’ll need him to be solid for any long playoff run. Stalberg missed on a penalty shot and six other chances in the third period alone. He missed in the shootout as well. He started the game on the fourth line, but was a factor when moved up. The Hawks started slow but worked hard in the end for a point -- a much needed one. Without Jonathan Toews, the Hawks struggled in the shootout.
What’s next: The Hawks host the top-seeded St. Louis Blues on Tuesday after a practice day on Monday.