Series (Game 4 of 4)

Los Angeles leads 3-1

Game 1: Sunday, October 12th
Game 2: Saturday, October 25th
Game 3: Saturday, November 29th
Game 4: Sunday, January 18th

Kings 2

(17-14-5, 49 pts)

Blackhawks 1

(11-24-5, 34 pts)

7:00 PM ET, January 18, 2004

United Center, Chicago, Illinois

1 2 3 T
LA 0 1 12
CHI 0 0 11

A. Frolov (Kings - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

A. Zhamnov (Blackhawks - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

R. Cechmanek (Kings - G): Saves: 34, Save Pct.: .971

Robitaille back in lineup

CHICAGO (AP) -- Alexander Frolov scored with 8:26 left, and the Los Angeles Kings snapped a 14-game winless streak with a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night.

After cutting in from the right wing and slipping past Chicago defenseman Jonathan Aitkin, Frolov slid a shot under the pads of goalie Craig Anderson, who went down to make the save.

Derek Armstrong also scored for the Kings, who won for the first time since beating Edmonton 4-2 on Dec. 16. Los Angeles was 0-3-9-2 since that win.

Los Angeles goalie Roman Cechmanek blocked 34 shots, allowing only a goal by Chicago's Alex Zhamnov in the third period.

Anderson made 20 saves in his first start since being recalled from Norfolk of the AHL on Thursday.

The Blackhawks were 0-for-6 on the power play. The Kings were 0-for-4.

Armstrong put the Kings up 1-0 midway through the second period. Armstrong fired the puck into a half-empty net from the slot after taking a pass from Trent Klatt.

The goal was Armstrong's first since Nov. 13, and his first since missing 22 games with a broken right ring finger.

The Kings killed a three-minute Chicago power play -- including a two-man advantage for one minute -- late in the second and early in the third.

Zhamnov tied it 1-all at 5:37 of the third. His low, one-time shot from the top of the slot deflected off the right post and beat Cechmanek on the glove side.

Game notes

Los Angeles LW Luc Robitaille returned to the lineup after being a healthy scratch for two games in a row for the first time in his career. ... The Kings completed a four-game road trip at 1-0-2-1. ... Chicago D Nathan Dempsey returned after missing four games with a sprained elbow. ... Chicago D Steve Poapst missed his fifth game with a concussion. ... Zhamnov has four goals and five assists in nine games since returning after back surgery.

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