Blackhawks vs. Kings final score 2016: Chicago almost steals win in LA

A great effort by Scott Darling was enough to earn a point, but the Blackhawks fell short in overtime.

The Chicago Blackhawks hardly deserved to be in such a close game, yet they still came away with a point in a 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night. The late night bout needed overtime to decide things, and forward Jeff Carter scored the game-winner for LA.

This was an uneven effort from the Blackhawks, who took a 1-0 lead after the first period despite being completely outplayed. After one period, the Kings had a 13-4 advantage on shots on goal, and that expanded to 24-11 by the end of the second period.

Despite all that, the game was still tied, 1-1, entering the third period thanks to some lucky bounces and stellar goaltending by Scott Darling. The hope was that Chicago would start to turn things around from there and really take advantage of the good fortune that kept them in the game.

That’s pretty much what happened, as the Blackhawks held a 20-7 lead in shot attempts for the third period, but the goals never came. Neither team could break the tie in the final 20 minutes of regulation, and things headed to overtime with the game still tied at one apiece.

It didn’t take long from there for Carter to finish things up by beating Darling’s gloveside with a fantastic shot from a tough angle. We’ve seen Carter make the Blackhawks pay dearly for giving him space in the past, and once again, he was there in the clutch to help his team.

Chicago drops to 14-6-3 with the loss, while LA isn’t too far behind in the West with a 12-9-1 record. The Blackhawks are first in the conference with 31 points through 23 games.