It’s the first game of the Jeff Carter era for the Kings. What will it bring? All the action is on Fox Sports West and on 1150-AM and affiliates, with all the game updates here as well…
In goal: It’s still Quick vs. Emery.
End of period: The Kings outshot the Blackhawks 30-19 in the game, as Jonathan Quick recorded the shutout.
In goal: It’s still Quick vs. Crawford.
Kings 3, Blackhawks 0: Dustin Brown completed his third career hat trick with a shorthanded goal 4:56 into the period. Willie Mitchell made a nice play to poke the puck away in the neutral zone and pushed it toward Brown, who skated in alone and beat Crawford with a wrist. Brown recorded the first hat trick for a Kings player this season.
Kopitar out: Anze Kopitar had to leave the game 5:49 into the period after a nasty open-ice collision with Dave Bolland. Kopitar was on the ice for an extended period and left the ice with the help of trainer Chris Kingsley while holding a towel to his mouth. [UPDATE: Kopitar returned to the game approximately nine minutes into the period.]
Kings 4, Blackhawks 0: The Kings took a four-goal lead, and chased Crawford from the game, 6:49 into the period. After a faceoff win, Willie Mitchell took a slap shot from the left point, through traffic, and beat Crawford. Dustin Brown and Jarret Stoll got assists. Ray Emery then replaced Crawford, who allowed four goals on 10 shots.
End of period: The Kings outshot the Blackhawks 14-9 in the period. The Kings went 0-for-1 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill, including a shorthanded goal.
Officials: Dean Morton, Chris Lee (referees); Vaughan Rody, Tim Nowak (linesmen).
Lineups: The Kings’ healthy scratches are Davis Drewiske, Brad Richardson and Kevin Westgarth.
In goal: It’s the Kings’ Jonathan Quick against the Blackhawks’ Corey Crawford.
Kings 1, Blackhawks 0: The Kings, after a handful of excellent scoring chances early, took the lead with a power-play goal with 9:12 remaining in the period. Jarret Stoll went on an end-to-end rush, then dropped a pass for Dustin Brown after he crossed the Chicago blue line. Brown cut toward the front of the net and ripped a shot to the far corner, past Crawford.
Kings 2, Blackhawks 0: A second power-play goal by Brown gave the Kings a two-goal lead with 2:12 remaining in the second period. Jarret Stoll won an offensive-zone faceoff back to Alec Martinez, who quickly shot from the point. Crawford made the save, but Brown beat Brent Seabrook to the front of the net and knocked the rebound into the net.
End of period: The Kings outshot the Blackhawks 7-6 in the period. The Kings went 2-for-2 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill. The Blackhawks will be on the power play for the first 1:04 of the second period.