CHICAGO – Cal Petersen made
34 saves in his first NHL start and stopped Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane in a shootout, leading the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 victory over the Blackhawks on Friday night.
Ilya Kovalchuk and Anze Kopitar converted the Kings’ first two attempts in the tiebreaker against Corey Crawford as Los Angeles ended a three-game losing streak.
Tyler Toffoli scored his fifth goal in the second period for the Kings, who have the worst record in the league (6-11-1) and had been outscored, 9-2, during their three-game skid.
Brandon Saad was the only Hawks player to beat Petersen, scoring his fifth goal early in the third period to tie the score at 1.
Crawford blocked 31 shots through overtime, but the struggling Hawks lost for the ninth time in their past 10 games (1-6-3).
Petersen made his NHL debut Tuesday against Toronto, stopping 15 of 16 shots in relief of Peter Budaj after being recalled Monday from the Kings’ AHL affiliate in Ontario, California. The 24-year-old Petersen was tested in spurts by the Hawks, but was sharp when needed and came up with several close-in saves, outdueling Crawford.
The Kings are without their two top goalies, Jonathan Quick and Jack Campbell. Both are recovering from surgery to repair meniscus tears in one of their knees.
Carl Hagelin played his first game with the Kings. The 30-year-old forward was acquired in a deal that sent Tanner Pearson to Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
The Kings picked up the tempo near the end of scoreless first period and got a few good chances. Crawford stopped Toffoli point-blank with 5:30 left in the period, then denied Nate Thompson, who skated in with 1:20 to go.
Toffoli finally opened the scoring at 10:29 of the second after a Hawks turnover.
The Hawks’ Erik Gustafsson fell and lost the puck at the Los Angeles blue line. Toffoli picked it up, powered into the Hawks’ zone and beat Crawford between the legs when his shot from the slot deflected off defenseman Duncan Keith.
The Hawks started to test Petersen late in the second. He preserved the 1-0 lead with a quick save on Nick Schmaltz’s one-timer from the slot during a Hawks power play with four minutes left in the second.
Saad crashed into the crease and tied it at 2:39 of the third on the Hawks’ 21st shot, redirecting Toews’ feed from the side of the net past Petersen high on the glove side.
Crawford made a toe save on a shot by Jeff Carter from the right circle with 1:21 left in regulation to keep it tied.
Petersen stopped Gustav Forsling’s tip-in attempt 2:21 into overtime. Anze Kopitar’s shot hit the post about a minute later.
Notes: Petersen was drafted by the Kings in the fifth round, 129th overall in 2013. He once started 90 consecutive games for Notre Dame. ... Hawks center Marcus Kruger returned after missing three games with a left leg injury. Hawks center Brandon Davidson was placed on injured reserve, retroactive to Nov. 13, with a right leg injury. ... Budaj was the Kings’ backup goalie, but his availability was a game-time decision because of an illness. ... Quick has been out since Oct. 28, with a projected recovery period of four to six weeks. ... Campbell was injured last Saturday in a 1-0 loss to Calgary, and his recovery also is expected to take four to six weeks.
Up next: The Hawks host Minnesota on Sunday.