Kings cut Blackhawks' lead in Western Conference finals

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The LA Kings have halved the Chicago Blackhawks lead in the Western Conference finals after a 3-1 win at the Staples Center on Tuesday evening.

The Blackhawks now lead the series 2-1 heading into Game 4 on Thursday night in Los Angeles.

Slava Voynov scored a goal and provided an assist, while Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick made 19 saves. Justin Williams and Dwight King also scored for the LA-based team as the Kings made it 15 successive home victories - a streak stretching back to March.

"This is kind of what I expected this to be when we did it last year," Kings captain Dustin Brown told ESPN.

"Last year, we were playing at a level few teams ever play at. This year, it's taking that extra effort out of us, and we're coming up with it."

The defending NHL champions have won every one of their eight home playoff matches, and viewed Game 3 as something of a must win - few teams have ever recovered from a 3-0 deficit in a seven game series.

"We have a certain way we need to play," said Kings defenceman Robyn Regehr. "For whatever reason, we do a heck of a good job of it at home, and not as good on the road."

Williams opened the scoring for the Kings in the first period, before Voynov doubled their advantage 6:37 minutes into the second.

The Blackhawks pulled one back through an unassisted Bryan Bickell goal just before the end of the second period, making it a nervy final 20 minutes.

But the Kings held on, stealing an empty net goal in the final 30 seconds of play in the third period to seal a 3-1 win.

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