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Kings take conference finals lead

May 25, 2014 18:42:03 UK

Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings.

The Los Angeles Kings edged the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 at the Staples Center in LA on Saturday to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals.

Slava Voynov, Jeff Carter, Tyler Toffoli and Drew Doughty were all on target for the hosts as the Kings rallied for the win after going down early in the contest. Jonathan Toews scored twice in the opening period for the defending Stanley Cup champions as they looked to bounce back from a 6-2 loss to the Kings last Wednesday at the United Center in Chicago. The Blackhawks star first was on target, unassisted while shorthanded, to open the scoring five minutes into the game and then after Voynov had replied less than a minute later, took matters into his own hands once more poking in a loose puck at the side of the net to beat Jonathan Quick in the LA goal. However the Kings were not to be denied as Carter followed his hat trick of Game 2 with another goal midway through the second to tie the game. Toffoli and Doughty then followed and a late Patrick Sharp goal only made the final score line look better for the visitors.

Sunday an intriguing Eastern Conference series between the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens continues at Madison Square Garden. The home side has lost all three games so far in the series and the Canadiens will be hoping to continue that trend after a 3-2 overtime victory in Game 3.

The Kings are at 2.60 to win the Stanley Cup, the Blackhawks are at 4.00 to retain the trophy.

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