KINGS 3, BLACKHAWKS 2 (SO): Mike Richards scored the lone shootout goal in the sixth round as Los Angeles edged host Chicago to halt a two-game skid.
Defenseman Slava Voynov and Jeff Carter tallied in regulation, Richards notched an assist and All-Star Jonathan Quick made 35 saves for the Kings, who completed a 2-2-0 road trip with just their second win in eight visits to the United Center.
Neither team was able to break through in the shootout until Richards slowed down in the slot and beat Ray Emery to the glove side with a wrist shot. Marcus Kruger was the Blackhawks' last chance, but the rookie lost control of the puck as Quick attempted a poke-check, sealing the win for the Kings.
Voynov opened the scoring 77 seconds into the game when he beat Emery from the left hash marks during a 4-on-1 rush.
Kruger tied the contest with less than 7 1/2 minutes remaining in the second, ending Quick's shutout streak against Chicago at 174 minutes, 29 seconds. But Carter converted a pass from Dwight King with 2:35 left to put the Kings back in front.
Quick denied Viktor Stalberg on a penalty shot 6:28 into the third after the latter was taken down from behind on a breakaway by Los Angeles defenseman Rob Scuderi. The Blackhawks got the equalizer 68 seconds later, however, as All-Star Patrick Kane poked in a loose puck in the crease for his 18th goal.
Emery stopped 27 shots for Chicago, which has lost six straight meetings with Pacific Division opponents.
GAME NOTEBOOK: After allowing a goal with 3:22 remaining in the second period of a 2-1 loss on Nov. 26, Quick posted back-to-back shutouts against Chicago and blanked the Blackhawks in this contest until Kruger broke through with 7:23 left in the second period. ... Kane's goal was his fifth in his last seven games but only his third in 19 career contests against Los Angeles. ... Carter has scored four goals in eight matches with the Kings since being acquired from Columbus on Feb. 23.