By TIM CRONIN | Associated Press
CHICAGO (AP) — Jaret Anderson-Dolan scored twice and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Sunday night.
Kevin Fiala had two assists and Pheonix Copley stopped 18 shots to help the Kings snap a four-game losing streak.
“We were better in a lot of areas,” Kings coach Todd McLellan said. “We were tighter, checked well, and for two periods we broke out quickly. If we finished more chances, we would have been in a much more comfortable situation in the end.”
Defenseman Ian Mitchell scored his first goal of the season for Chicago, spoiling Copley's shutout bid with 3:15 remaining. Petr Mrazek finished with 25 saves. The Blackhawks had won three straight and six of their previous seven.
“With their 1-3-1 defense, they were kind of mugging it up on us,” Blackhawks coach Luke Richardson said. “It’s legal moving interference, and we didn’t have the energy to break through it.”
Anderson-Dolan had an open net for his rebound of Fiala’s shot 9:29 into the game, easily sending it past Mrazek to cap a 2-on-1 to put Los Angeles up 1-0.
“Obviously that’s one of the easier ones I’ve had, just sitting there for me,” Anderson-Dolan said. “I think we were good defensively and had a lot of O-zone time.”
The 23-year-old made it 2-0 at 6:07 of the second as his soft wrist shot from the left circle befuddled Mrazek as it went by his blocker.
Anderson-Dolan had his first two-goal game, and came in his 84th NHL games. They were the 11th and 12th of his career, further cementing his spot in the lineup after replacing the injured Brendan Lemieux in mid-November. Lemieux has since returned, but Anderson-Dolan’s two way play has kept him in the lineup.
Copley faced only three shots in the first period, and the Blackhawks barely picked up the pace thereafter, even with two power plays.
“I think everyone was a little frustrated (after the last two games), and we played with a little more attitude and a little more urgency in our game,” Copley said. “I think it was big for everybody.”
TALKS WITH KANE, TOEWS EXPECTED
Blackhawks general manager Kyle Davidson said he expects to sit down with star forwards Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, each of whom have no-trade contracts, and agent Pat Brisson within the next two weeks, and no later than mid-February. The trade deadline is March 3.
“To get a sense of where everyone’s at, what they’re feeling, as we approach the (trade) deadline,” Davidson said on NBC Sports Chicago. “We their thoughts on what they intend to do. They’re in full control of their destinies. We’ll get a better sense of that in short order.”
Davidson said mid-February was necessary “as a buffer” if either player wants to be moved. Both Kane and Toews are in their last contract year and have a $10.5-million cap hit.
Kings: At Philadelphia on Tuesday night to continue a six-game trip.
Blackhawks: At Vancouver on Wednesday night to open a three-game trip.
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