Kings handle Hawks again

The defending Stanley Cup champs are on the brink of elimination after losing to the Kings for the third straight game.

Los Angeles has a three-games-to-one lead in the Western Conference finals after building a 4-0 lead in a 5-2 win over the Blackhawks. Jake Muzzin (MUZ'-ihn), Marian Gaborik (GAB'-uh-rihk) and Dustin Brown scored during a seven-minute span of the first period before Drew Doughty gave the Kings a four-goal cushion in the second. Muzzin and Dustin Brown scored on separate power plays, and Tanner Pearson added an empty-netter.

Jonathan Quick stopped 22 shots and was perfect until Brandon Saad (sahd) tallied late in the second period.

Bryan Bickell also scored for the Blackhawks, who host Game 5 on Wednesday.