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Blackhawks 4, Kings 1

Blackhawks get boost from Toews, power play

Associated Press / November 10, 2009

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CHICAGO - Jonathan Toews and Troy Brouwer scored power-play goals in a 3:31 span early in the third period last night, leading the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

Toews had been out because of a concussion since Vancouver’s Willie Mitchell leveled him Oct. 21. The Blackhawks lost three of six games without their captain, who had a team-high 34 goals last season.

Anze Kopitar scored his 14th goal for the Kings, tying injured Washington star Alex Ovechkin for the NHL lead. Although Los Angeles ranks third in the league with 58 goals, it has scored only once in each of its past two games, both losses. The losing streak followed a 6-0-2 stretch that put the Kings near the top of the Western Conference standings.

The Blackhawks held the Kings to 18 shots, including two in the third period.

It was a 1-1 game until 1:33 of the third period, when Brouwer, standing to the right of goalie Jonathan Quick, deflected Patrick Sharp’s pass into the net.

At 5:04, Sharp poked the puck away from defenseman Matt Greene in the left circle and Brouwer fed Toews, who scored on a backhander from the slot.

Toews, who also was on the ice for Brouwer’s goal, energized a Chicago power play that had converted on only three of its past 33 attempts. The Blackhawks had scored only four man-advantage goals at home all season.

Andrew Ebbett, claimed off waivers from Anaheim last month, scored his first goal with the Blackhawks with 10:40 to play.

John Madden gave Chicago a 1-0 lead 1:04 into the second period. Kopitar tied it about eight minutes later when he scored on a rebound after Cristobal Huet had kicked aside Drew Doughty’s shot from the point.

Kopitar leads the league with 28 points. He and linemates Ryan Smyth and Justin Williams have 51 points in their 13 games together.

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