Strome scores two goals for Blackhawks in win against Kings
- Dylan Strome had two goals and an assist to help the Chicago Blackhawks end a four-game losing streak with a 5-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings at United Center on Sunday.
“I think finding ways to get the puck, that’s the biggest thing,” Strome said. “Obviously, as a center, you have the puck probably the most of any guy on the ice. And when you’re a wing, you don’t get it as much, so you’ve got to kind of create ways to get the puck.
“Feel like I’m trying to do that a little bit better. Once you just get a little bit familiar with it, you can do it. I’ve never really played wing before — maybe a few times last year and a few games [with the Arizona Coyotes]. But probably five games, under, combined in my life. So I’m trying to get used to it. Felt pretty good tonight.”
- Robin Lehner made 38 saves for his second win in five starts for Chicago (3-5-2).
- Alex DeBrincat had a goal and two assists.
- “It’s a jolt of confidence to see the puck go in the net,” Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton said. “To our credit, I thought we were pretty good defensively throughout. They got a few chances in the third.
“I thought we weren’t quite as good in the third as we were in the first two periods, but we got a goal and we built on it and we kept playing. We had multiple lines that were giving us positive shifts. I thought habits were quite good playing in the offensive zone. That’s what we need.”
- Sean Walker scored for Los Angeles (4-8-0), which has lost three games in a row and six of eight.
“I don’t know what the reason is,” Kings captain Anze Kopitar said. “It’s a combination of everything. Sometimes, a little bit of fatigue, sometimes it’s just flat-out sloppiness, sometimes it’s just flat-out stupidity. Sometimes, it’s just being caught in between the old system and the new system (under first-year coach Todd McLellan). That combines into a lot of goals-against that we can’t give up in order to win games.”
- The Kings have allowed 15 goals during the losing streak. …
- DeBrincat ended a four-game point drought.
Sources & Credits: Scott King / NHL.com, CHI Blackhawks, LA KIngs