Feb. 25 , 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings defenseman Matt Greene (2) and Chicago Blackhawks right wing Jamal Mayers (22) exchange punches during a fight in the second period of the game at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
Missing three of their key players, the Blackhawks could muster neither offense nor defense against the LA Kings.
Without C Jonathan Toews, D Niklas Hjalmarsson and D Steve Montador all out with injuries, the Chicago Blackhawks (33-23-7, 73 pts) could not muster any offense against the Los Angeles Kings (28-22-12, 68 pts), losing 4-0 Saturday night.
Meanwhile, RW Dustin Brown dominated the Chicago defense, scoring a hat trick as the Kings cruised to victory. LA led the Blackhawks in every meaningful category, firing 30 shots on goal to the Blackhawks' 19, winning 33 faceoffs to the Blackhawks' 27 and producing 5 takeaways to the Blackhawks' none. But Chicago certainly had their opportunities -- the Kings also led Chicago in the negative categories: 17 minutes in penalties to Chicago's 11 and 17 giveaways to the Chicago's 9.
G Corey Crawford (10 saves, 26:49 TOI) started the game at the net for the Blackhawks, and the Kings wasted little time in making him uncomfortable. Dustin Brown fired a 25-foot power play slapshot after the first 10 minutes for a 1-0 Kings lead, and the goals started pouring in. Brown landed his second goal -- another power play goal -- near the end of the first period (17:48), and then -- after a scuffle on the ice between RW Jamal Mayers and D Matt Greene -- Brown knocked in a shorthanded wrister early in the second period (4:56) for a 3-0 Kings lead.
Minutes later, D Willie Mitchell fired another goal past Crawford, and backup G Ray Emery (20 saves, 33:11 TOI) came in to relieve the taxed starter. Emery shut down the Kings offense, but the Blackhawks offense could not solve the LA defense and G Jonathan Quick (19 saves).
The Blackhawks play again on Sunday, playing the Anaheim Ducks in hopes of stopping their latest losing streak.
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