Carter and Quick drive Kings to 2-1 series lead

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By Ben Everill

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Los Angeles Kings rode a strong second period from center Jeff Carter and goaltender Jonathan Quick on Saturday to a 4-3 Game Three victory over the Chicago Blackhawks, taking a 2-1 series lead in the NHL's Western Conference Final.

After falling behind 2-1 in the opening period at the Staples Center, Carter scored the game-tying goal and then produced the assist for Tyler Toffoli’s go-ahead score, his third point of the game after assisting on the Kings' opening goal to Slava Voynov.

The two goals came from just four shots in the period, with Quick proving a rock at the other end to turn the game the home team's way.

Quick let through a double to Chicago captain Jonathan Toews in the opening period, but was outstanding in the second, making 10 saves despite facing nearly six minutes of Blackhawk power plays.

Drew Doughty then provided an important insurance goal midway through the final period before Patrick Sharp added a Chicago consolation with just four seconds remaining.

“It was obviously a big game,” Carter, who claimed a hat-trick in Game Two, said.

“I think we kind of rode the momentum from the last game in Chicago and our guys did a good job.

“We have a lot of character, guys who have played in a lot of big games and know how to win.   Continued...

May 24, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (8) celebrates in front of the Chicago Blackhawks bench after scoring a goal during the third period in game three of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports