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Jeff Carter's 3-point night leads LA Kings past Chicago 4-3 for a 2-1 lead in West Conf final

  • Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger, left, is checked by Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez, and left wing Tanner Pearson, top, during the first period of Game 3 of the Western Conference finals of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Los Angeles, Saturday, May 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger, left, is checked by Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez, and left wing Tanner Pearson, top, during the first period of Game 3 of the Western Conference finals of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Los Angeles, Saturday, May 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Los Angeles Kings center Tyler Toffoli, left, celebrates his goal with teammate Jeff Carter against the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period of Game 3 of the Western Conference finals of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Los Angeles, Saturday, May 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Los Angeles Kings center Tyler Toffoli, left, celebrates his goal with teammate Jeff Carter against the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period of Game 3 of the Western Conference finals of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Los Angeles, Saturday, May 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter (77) celebrates his goal against the Chicago Blackhawks with Tanner Pearson during the second period of Game 3 of the Western Conference finals of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Los Angeles, Saturday, May 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter (77) celebrates his goal against the Chicago Blackhawks with Tanner Pearson during the second period of Game 3 of the Western Conference finals of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Los Angeles, Saturday, May 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)  (The Associated Press)

Jeff Carter had a goal and two assists, Tyler Toffoli scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Saturday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.

Drew Doughty had a third-period goal and an assist, and Jonathan Quick made 24 saves as the Kings returned to Staples Center with an impressive two-way effort against the defending Stanley Cup champions.

Captain Jonathan Toews scored twice in the first period for the Blackhawks, but they didn't score again until Patrick Sharp's goal with 5 seconds left.

Corey Crawford stopped 28 shots for the Blackhawks, who have lost the first road game in 10 consecutive playoff series since 2010.

Game 4 is Monday night at Staples Center.