‘Hawks catch fire in third, snap Kings’ seven-game winning streak

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Looks like Chicago’s offense is finding it’s groove.

Buoyed by some new-look lines and a stellar outing from Corey Crawford, the ‘Hawks dispatched of Los Angeles 4-2 on Monday at the United Center, snapping a two-game losing streak while halting the Kings’ win streak at seven.

Prior to tonight’s game, Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville fired up the ol’ line blender and moved Artemi Panarin to the top unit alongside Jonathan Toews and Ryan Garbutt. That gave Teuvo Teravainen the chance to take Panarin’s spot on the Patrick KaneArtem Anisimov line.

The moves paid off.

Toews, Anisimov and Kane all finished with two points, while Teravainen scored the game-winner midway through the third. Panarin and Garbutt both added assists.

Then there was Crawford.

The veteran netminder continued his solid start to the season with a 33-save effort, 19 of those coming in a hectic third period in which the Kings out-shot the Blackhawks by seven, but couldn’t beat “Crow.”

Speaking of those Kings, they’ll likely be disappointed by tonight’s result, regardless of all their success of late. They had a fairly wide advantage in shots — 35 to Chicago’s 26 — and held a one-goal lead going into the final period, before Chicago exploded for three goals.

Alec Martinez and Anze Kopitar scored for L.A., while Jake Muzzin finished with a pair of assists. Jonathan Quick stopped 22 shots in the loss.