Holding penalty on Kings center Jarret Stoll with 11:11 left in the first.

Kings center Anze Kopitar collects a loose puck in front of goaltender Jonathan Quick and pushes it down ice. Chicago has scored once in eight previous power plays.

Kings right win Marian Hossa waits and blasts a hard shot that was high; the Blackhawks fire again and it goes out of play.

The penalty is dead.

Interesting that Chicago stars Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews have only one assist apiece in this series and no goals.


Chicago goalie Corey Crawford gloves a distant shot to prompt a faceoff in front of him, and Kings defenseman Matt Greene delivers an opening hit to start the festivities.

Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook sweeps away a good centering pass by the Kings.

Chicago’s Niklas Hjalmarsson sends in a shot that Kings goalie Jonathan Quick holds on to. The Blackhawks win the face-off and Marian Hossa puts a shot on Quick that makes him cover again. And again a Hossa offering is gloved.

And now Chicago’s Jonathan Toews charges Quick, who has to sprawl to stop the shot, and Toews collides with Quick after being pushed.

Then, with 16:32 remaining, the Kings’ Slava Yoynov scores his sixth playoff goal on a massive slap shot from about 20 feet after a threat that Voynov started circled Crawford. Assists by Kyle Clifford and Colin Fraser.

Voynov is now plus-11, leading all Western Conference players.

It’s 1-0 for the Kings in a game they desperately want. Returning to Chicago for Game 5 and trailing three games to one would be a nightmare.

Kings winger Dustin Penner nearly scores, great save by Crawford.

And there's a penalty now on Chicago's Andrew Shaw for slashing, just 4:39 into the game.


Captain Dustin Brown called the Kings' victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 on Tuesday night a “do or die” triumph.

“It’ll be do or die Thursday, too, because going to their place down 3-1 is nowhere we want to be,” Brown said after the 3-1 victory at Staples Center.

Back where they have won 15 consecutive games -- eight in a row during the playoffs -- the Kings try to even the NHL Western Conference finals series.

Chicago will be without defenseman Duncan Keith, who has 10 playoff points (nine assists) but is suspended for Game 4 because of a Game 3 high-sticking incident on Kings’ leading playoff scorer Jeff Carter, who required stitches to repair the facial damage.