Blackhawks blank Kings

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CHICAGO — Antti Raanta made 26 saves in his first NHL shutout, and Brandon Saad scored as the Chicago Blackhawks beat Los Angeles 1-0 on Monday night and sent the Kings to their first three-game losing streak in a year.

Los Angeles center Jarret Stoll (left) and Chicago's Ben Smith battle for the puck during a face-off. The Blackhawks handed the Kings their third consecutive defeat.  CHARLES REX ARBOGAST/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Los Angeles center Jarret Stoll (left) and Chicago's Ben Smith battle for the puck during a face-off. The Blackhawks handed the Kings their third consecutive defeat.

With Blackhawks No. 1 goalie Corey Crawford nearing a return from a lower-body injury, Raanta improved to 10-1-3 while bouncing back from one of his worst performances. He allowed two late goals in Chicago’s 6-5 shootout loss at St. Louis on Saturday.

Saad netted the only goal in this one in the first period. Chicago, which leads the NHL with 158 goals, played its lowest-scoring game since a 2-1 shootout win at Dallas on Nov. 29.

Los Angeles’ Martin Jones made 29 saves in his second consecutive loss after beginning his career with eight consecutive wins, tying the NHL record.

The Kings, who have yielded a league-low 80 goals, played a tough, physical game after losses to Dallas and Nashville. But they are on their first three-game slide since dropping the opening three games of last season in January.

Chicago forward Patrick Kane had a career-best point streak snapped at 14 games. He had eight goals and 17 assists in the surge.

Last season’s Western Conference finalists faced off for the second time this season. The Blackhawks scored three first-period goals, and Raanta made 21 saves in a 3-1 victory over the Kings on Dec. 15.

TRADE: The Calgary Flames acquired forward Kevin Westgarth from the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday for minor league forward Greg Nemisz.

Westgarth, in his fifth NHL season, has no points this season in 12 games with the Hurricanes. Overall, he has played in 133 NHL games with Los Angeles and Carolina, posting three goals, six assists and 202 penalty minutes.


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