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Blackhawks lose to Kings 4-3 in overtime

Corey Crawford made 40 saves on 44 shots and Adam Boqvist debuted for Chicago.

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The Blackhawks couldn’t complete the comeback and lost 4-3 in overtime to the Kings on Saturday at Staples Center. Chicago dropped to 0-4 on the road this season.

Corey Crawford made 40 saves on 44 shots, including eight high danger chances. David Kampf, Dominik Kubalik and Jonathan Toews scored for the Blackhawks, and Chicago went 4-for-4 on the penalty kill.

Defenseman Adam Boqvist played 15:37 minutes in his NHL debut. The 2018 No. 8 overall pick had one shot on goal, generated a 37.9 Corsi-For rate at 5-on-5 and was on the ice for two goals for and one against.

How it Happened

It was a chaotic start to the game with the Kings scoring two goals within the first five minutes and Crawford being ordered off the ice by referee Wes McCauley to be checked for a concussion.

Robin Lehner tossed his helmet on and got in the crease. He played for 5:18 minutes and made a great glove save on Adrian Kempe during a Kings power play.

Shortly after Crawford returned, the Blackhawks were awarded a power play. Jonathan Toews won the draw and Alexander Nylander eventually threw the puck towards Kirby Dach in front of the net. The puck deflected off Dach’s stick to Kubalik who pounced on the rebound and snapped a 0-for-21 drought for Chicago on the man advantage.

Toews, who’s only generated five individual scoring chances in his last seven games, dangled to his back hand on a 2-on-2 rush with Nylander later in the period, but got stoned by Jack Campbell. What a save!

With 2:37 to go in the opening period Patrick Kane dumped the puck into the offensive zone. Campbell came out of his crease to play the puck, but Kubalik forced him to make an errant pass right to Kampf who tapped it in to tie the game 2-2:

In the second period, the Blackhawks went 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and Crawford was stellar with 18 saves, including a sequence of at least four saves during a never ending shift for Kane, Kubalik, Duncan Keith and Boqvist:

Crawford continued to shine with three high danger chances saved in the first 11 minutes of the third period.

However, the inevitable happened. With 7:23 to go in the final frame, Andrew Shaw got beat wide at the defensive zone blue line by Dustin Brown. Brown drove the net and threw a pass backdoor to a hustling Michael Amadio who smacked it through Crawford’s five-hole to give the Kings a 3-2 lead.

After the Blackhawks pulled Crawford with 2:48 left in regulation, Kane snapped a cross slot pass to Toews who wristed it past Campbell to tie the game up:

In overtime, Alexander Nylander had Chicago’s best scoring chance on a 2-on-0 with Alex DeBrincat, but elected to try and force a pass instead of shooting.

Boqvist ended up on a 2-on-1 not much later, but his shot was stopped by Campbell. The rebound bounced behind the net and Boqvist tried to throw the puck back towards the slot, but Doughty picked it off and started his own 2-on-1 rush the other way. Doughty slid a pass backdoor to Tyler Toffoli that Crawford read, but the puck slid between Crawfords pads and Doughty had a tap in.

Game Charts

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Three Stars

1. Corey Crawford (CHI) - 40 saves on 44 shots

2. Tyler Toffoli (LA) - Two assists, four shots

3. Jonathan Toews (CHI) - One goal, four shots, 59.3 Corsi-For rate at 5-on-5

What’s next?

The Blackhawks take on the Ducks at 7 p.m. Sunday at Honda Center.