LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Defenseman Joe Corvo pulled the Los Angeles
Kings out of their longest losing streak of the season.
Corvo scored on a power play 40 seconds into overtime and the
Kings snapped a seven-game skid with a 5-4 victory over the Chicago
Blackhawks on Saturday.
Corvo, Craig Conroy and Tom Kostopoulos each had a goal and an
assist. Pavol Demitra scored a short-handed goal and Eric Belanger
extended his goal-scoring streak to three games, helping Los
Angeles win for only the fourth time in their last 16 games.
"It was absolutely necessary to win this game," Corvo said.
"I mean, I've been moping around and the team's been moping
around. It just seems like everything was going wrong. So we just
had to have this one. I'm sure a lot of guys on the bench had an
idea on the bench like, 'Here we go again.' But I don't think we
were going to be denied this one."
Martin Lapointe scored the tying goal midway through the third
period and Rene Bourque also scored for Chicago. Tyler Arnason and
defenseman Brent Seabrook had power-play goals for the Blackhawks,
who came in with the league's worst power-play percentage and were
3-for-40 with the man advantage their previous nine games.
The Kings, struggling to hang on to the eighth and final Western
Conference playoff spot, blew a 4-2 lead in the third period as
Arnason and Lapointe each scored their 13th goal of the season.
Lapointe got the equalizer on a 30-foot wrist shot from the right
circle that beat a screened Jason LaBarbera between the pads with
10:22 left in regulation.
Kings coach Andy Murray replaced LaBarbera with Mathieu Garon,
who faced only two shots the rest of the way.
"It's not normal that you change your goalie with 10 minutes to
go in the game, but you're trying to do whatever you can to win and
you do what you think is right," Murray said. "I'm probably not
as disappointed as Jason is, but we need good goaltending -- and
it's been somewhat inconsistent."
Corvo pulled out the victory with his 13th goal and third
game-winner -- a 25-foot slap shot that beat Craig Anderson high to
the glove side while Matthew Barnaby was serving a delay-of-game
penalty for clearing the puck over the glass.
"I was pretty confident that Pavol was going to get it through
to me," Corvo said. "As it was coming to me, for some reason,
that's where I knew I was going to shoot from. I picked my head up
right before I shot and put it right over his shoulder."
Anderson, obviously upset over the power-play goal and the
penalty that led to it, received a 10-minute misconduct for
displaying his anger with referees Bill McCreary and Chris Lee.
"I didn't throw the puck hard at all," Barnaby said. "I was
just trying to flip it out of the zone. I saw there was no defense
there and I was just praying for the puck to stay in."
Demitra opened the scoring at 8:44 of the first period with his
team-high 21st goal, while teammate Sean Avery was off for hooking
Jim Dowd. Seabrook tied it just 19 seconds later with his fifth
goal, a 40-foot slap shot that broke off LaBarbera's pads with 29
seconds still remaining on Avery's penalty.
The Kings regained the lead 2½ minutes before the first
intermission. Avery carried the puck down the left boards and made
a flip pass toward the net, where Kostopoulos redirected it in
midair past Anderson's glove. The goal was upheld by the video
judge, who ruled that Kostopoulos' stick was below the crossbar
when he made contact.
Conroy made it 3-1 at 1:09 of the second with his 19th goal,
tipping in Corvo's one-timer from the top of the left circle while
Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith was off for hooking Demitra.
The Blackhawks responded less than 2½ minutes later with
Bourque's 10th goal, but Belanger restored the Kings' two-goal
margin at 17:29 of the second period with his 14th of the season.
The Kings honored Jim Fox in a 10-minute pregame ceremony
for his 25 years with the organization. He is their seventh
all-time leading point scorer, and is in his 16th season as the
team's TV analyst. ... The Blackhawks conclude their six-game road
trip Sunday at Anaheim before beginning their Olympic break. None
of their players will be going to the Turin Games as a result of
injuries to G Nikolai Khabibulin and C Tuomo Ruutu. ... Los Angeles
was without defenseman Mattias Norstrom, who was scratched for the
second straight game because of a cervical strain. ... The Kings
have allowed at least one power-play goal in 10 straight games and
have allowed 23 during that stretch -- including a club-record five
in Tuesday's 5-1 loss at Minnesota.