Chicago Blackhawks

Blackhawks struggle to get offense going early

Kings hold off Hawks

Los Angeles Kings left wing Kyle Clifford (13) battles for control of the puck with Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Connor Murphy (5) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)[]

CHICAGO – Torrey Mitchell and Andy Andreoff scored during Los Angeles’ dominant first period, helping the Kings beat the Blackhawks, 3-1, on Monday night.

Dion Phaneuf added his second goal in three games since joining Los Angeles in a trade with Ottawa, and Jonathan Quick made 27 saves in the Kings’ second straight win since a three-game slide.

Los Angeles (32-22-5) also improved to 3-3 on its seven-game trip as it fights for playoff positioning in the Western Conference.

The last-place Hawks looked awful for most of the night during their ninth loss in 10 games, and Quick turned away a possible comeback early in the third.

Anton Forsberg made 29 stops for the Hawks (25-27-8), and Patrick Sharp snapped an 11-game scoring drought with his seventh goal of the season.

The Kings grabbed control right at the start, outshooting the Hawks,
15-4, in the first.

A streaking Mitchell drove a slap shot from the high slot by a screened Forsberg at 8:31, and Andreoff made it 2-0 when he tipped in Jonny Brodzinski’s shot with 3:23 left in the period.

With the Hawks’ Lance Bouma in the penalty box for interference, Phaneuf beat Forsberg with another big slap shot at 4:04 of the second. The big defenseman also scored in his debut with Los Angeles on Thursday.

Sharp’s rebound goal got the Hawks on the board 1:42 in the third, and they spent much of the final period in the Kings’ zone. Quick denied Brandon Saad on a prime short-handed chance about three minutes in, and also stopped Artem Anisimov on a power-play opportunity right in front.

Notes: The Hawks traded defenseman Michal Kempny to Washington for a conditional third-round pick in the 2018 draft.

The Capitals will part with the higher selection between their own third-rounder and the Toronto pick they acquired from New Jersey as part of the Marcus Johansson trade. ... Hawks forward Patrick Kane skated in his 800th NHL game.


Kings: Visit the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.

Hawks: Host the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night.