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Kings rally past Chicago 6-2 to level series at 1-1

AP, CHICAGO

Los Angeles Kings center Tyler Toffoli, bottom, celebrates after a goal by center Jeff Carter, not pictured, past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford during the third period of Game 2 of the Western Conference final of the Stanley Cup playoffs at the United Center in Chicago on Wednesday.

Photo: Jerry Lai, USA TODAY

Jeff Carter scored three of Los Angeles’ six straight goals as the Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-2 on Wednesday to leave the Western Conference final level at one game each.

Drew Doughty and Tyler Toffoli also scored in Los Angeles’ five-goal third period as the Kings became the first visiting team to win in Chicago this post-season. The Blackhawks won their first seven home playoff games this year, but the Kings skated right by Chicago after the defending Stanley Cup champions took a 2-0 lead in the second period.

Game 3 of the best-of-seven series is tomorrow night in Los Angeles.

Nick Leddy and Ben Smith scored for Chicago, and Corey Crawford made 25 saves.

The Blackhawks were in position for their fourth consecutive win before Doughty drove a slap shot by Crawford to tie it at two just 1 minute, 37 seconds into the third. Carter then had another power-play score at 4 minutes, 4 seconds that gave Los Angeles the lead.

Once the Kings got going, they appeared to get almost anything they wanted against the sagging Blackhawks. Tanner Pearson set up goals by Toffoli at 8 minutes, 59 seconds and Carter at 14 minutes, 44 seconds, before Carter added an empty-netter for his seventh of the playoffs.

Carter also had an assist in his first career four-point playoff game. It was his second playoff hat-trick.

Jonathan Quick made 23 saves for the Kings, including a big stop on Brent Seabrook with Chicago trying for a 3-0 lead in the second.

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