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Blackhawks take commanding Western Conference final lead

AP - Chicago Blackhawks center Michal Handzus (26), of the Czech Republic, who got an assist, celebrates a goal by Marion Hossa against Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick and defenseman Drew Doughty (8) in the the third period of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference finals, in Los Angeles on Thursday, June 6, 2013. The Blackhawks won 3-2.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AP</em></div>Chicago Blackhawks center Michal Handzus (26), of the Czech Republic, who got an assist, celebrates a goal by Marion Hossa against Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick and defenseman Drew Doughty (8) in the the third period of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference finals, in Los Angeles on Thursday, June 6, 2013. The Blackhawks won 3-2.
Getty Images - Goaltender Jonathan Quick (32) of the Los Angeles Kings makes a glove save on a shot by Patrick Kane (88) of the Chicago Blackhawks (not in photo) from the right wing as Bryan Bickell (29) of the Chicago Blackhawks and Dwight King (74) of the Los Angeles Kings vie for position near the crease area in the third period of Game Four of the Western Conference Final during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on June 6, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. The Blackhawks defeated the Kings 3-2.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Getty Images</em></div>Goaltender Jonathan Quick (32) of the Los Angeles Kings makes a glove save on a shot by Patrick Kane (88) of the Chicago Blackhawks (not in photo) from the right wing as Bryan Bickell (29) of the Chicago Blackhawks and Dwight King (74) of the Los Angeles Kings vie for position near the crease area in the third period of Game Four of the Western Conference Final during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on June 6, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. The Blackhawks defeated the Kings 3-2.
Getty Images - LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks scores against goaltender Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings in the second period of Game Four of the Western Conference Final during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on June 6, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Getty Images</em></div>LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06:  Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks scores against goaltender Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings in the second period of Game Four of the Western Conference Final during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on June 6, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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By The Associated Press
Friday, June 7, 2013, 12:06 a.m.
 

LOS ANGELES — Marian Hossa scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period, and the Chicago Blackhawks moved to the brink of the Stanley Cup finals with a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night in Game 4 of the Western Conference final.

Patrick Kane tapped home the tying goal as Chicago rallied from a second-period deficit to snap the defending Stanley Cup champions' 15-game home winning streak since March.

Bryan Bickell had a goal and an assist for the top-seeded Blackhawks, who took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Slava Voynov and Dustin Penner scored for the Kings, who had won their first eight playoff games at Staples Center. The champs are in trouble after Jonathan Quick failed to match Corey Crawford, who made 19 saves.

Game 5 is Saturday night in Chicago.

The Blackhawks won without top defenseman Duncan Keith, who served a one-game suspension for high-sticking Jeff Carter in the face during the second period of Game 3. Sheldon Brookbank filled in while Chicago played strong team defense in front of Crawford.

“You miss a defenseman like Duncan Keith, he is the guy who plays the most on the blue line,” Hossa said. “When you miss him, someone else has to step up, and our guys did.”

Los Angeles hadn't lost a playoff game at home since Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals last season, winning nine straight overall.

The Kings had been outstanding when playing with a lead in front of Quick, who stopped 25 shots, but Los Angeles uncharacteristically surrendered a 2-1 lead late in the second period.

The high-scoring Kane ending his seven-game goal drought in a quiet postseason.

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