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Sunday, February 17, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Hawks 3, Kings 2

By Scott Powers



CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings at the United Center on Sunday.

How it happened: The Blackhawks jumped out to a 3-0 lead and held off a late push by the Kings to pull out the win. Brent Seabrook and Jonathan Toews scored in the opening period for the Blackhawks, and Patrick Sharp extended their advantage to 3-0 with a goal early in the second period. It was Sharp’s first goal in 11 games. Kings forward Mike Richards made the game interesting by scoring twice in the third period, narrowing the Blackhawks’ lead to one. Blackhawks goaltender Ray Emery, who filled in for injured Corey Crawford, made 25 saves and improved to 5-0-0 on the season. The Kings were on a power play for the game’s final 1:01.

Player of the game: Seabrook scored the game’s first goal and recorded an assist on the second. It was his second multi-point game of the season.

What it means: The Blackhawks matched the NHL’s second-longest points streak to start a season with Sunday’s win. The Blackhawks have recorded at least one point in all 15 of their games. The 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks own the record with points in their first 16 games. The Blackhawks improved to 12-0-3 and a NHL-best 27 points with the victory. With the loss, the Kings continued their inconsistent ways. They fell to 5-6-2 with Sunday’s defeat. They haven’t won more than two consecutive games this season.

What’s next: The Blackhawks continue their seven-game homestand with the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday. The Canucks defeated the Blackhawks 2-1 in a shootout on Feb. 1. The Blackhawks have four games remaining on the homestand.