Raanta, Saad lead Blackhawks past Kings 1-0

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 30, 2013 at 11:02 pm •  Published: December 30, 2013
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Raanta lost his shutout chance in that one when Kings defenseman Alec Martinez scored with 3:54 remaining.

This time, he finished the job.

Raanta faced his biggest test in the second period when Dustin Brown made a strong charge to the net. The 24-year-old Finn turned away the rush by the Kings captain, and then stopped him again when he was awarded a penalty shot.

"It's nice to have a great 60 minutes," Raanta said. "Last game in St. Louis, it wasn't so great the last three minutes, so it's nice to bounce back like this."

Anze Kopitar also had a chance in front of Chicago's net with 2 minutes to go, but Raanta was there when the center tried to stuff the puck into the net.

The Kings had a couple of chances to stop the Blackhawks' scoring chance that produced the only goal.

Bryan Bickell's pass to Saad went off the stick of Los Angeles defenseman Matt Greene, and Richards had an opportunity to knock away the puck before Saad flipped it in at 7:05 for his 14th goal.

"It was just a broken play, and their guy was able to pick up the loose puck," Jones said. "I mean that's the difference in the hockey game right there, a broken play like that. The little things make a big difference."

The Blackhawks appeared to have a second goal in the third, but Andrew Shaw's tip-in was waved off because his stick was above his shoulders.

NOTES: Brown's penalty shot was Los Angeles' first this season and the sixth against the Blackhawks. ... Crawford participated in the morning skate, but didn't play. He has missed 10 games. ... Kane is the only NHL player with multiple point streaks of at least 10 games. ... The Kings scratched Martinez and forwards Daniel Carcillo and Matt Frattin. ... The Blackhawks also scratched defensemen Michael Kostka and Sheldon Brookbank. ... The teams will meet once more on Feb. 3 in Los Angeles.

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Jay Cohen can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/jcohenap

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