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NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Chicago



(Monday, December 30th)

Final Score: Chicago 1, Los Angeles 0

Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Brandon Saad scored the game's only goal and rookie Antti Raanta recorded his first career shutout, as the Chicago Blackhawks blanked the Los Angeles Kings, 1-0, on Monday at United Center.

Saad lit the lamp 7:05 into the game to get the Blackhawks on the board and provide Raanta with the only support he would need, as the 24-year-old netminder turned aside 26 shots, including 15 in the second stanza, to help Chicago improve to 5-0-2 in its last seven games.

"We're just working hard and getting back to basics," said Saad. "We've been getting our chances and it was only a matter of time until we got one in."

Fellow rookie goaltender Martin Jones absorbed the hard-luck loss, stopping all but one of the 30 shots he faced for the Kings, who have dropped a season- high three straight games.

"We believe we're a top team in this league," said Jones. "We know we can play with these guys and beat them, it just didn't work out for us tonight."

An LA turnover near the Chicago blue line just over seven minutes in produced the contest's lone goal, as Duncan Keith corralled the loose puck and chipped it off the left boards to spring Bryan Bickell down the left side.

With Saad joining the rush to make it a 2-on-1, Bickell's pass from atop the left circle somehow slipped past defender Matt Greene and a backchecking Mike Richards, allowing Saad to roof the disc from the low right side for 1-0 lead.

The Kings had a prime opportunity to pull even after Dustin Brown was awarded a penalty shot at the 13:22 mark of the second, but Raanta denied Brown's quick wrister to keep the margin at 1-0.

Chicago appeared to tack on an insurance tally near the midpoint of the third, but Andrew Shaw deflected the disc with a high stick, nullifying the marker.

However, Raanta wouldn't require any further support, stopping all five shots he faced in the final frame to complete the whitewash.

Game Notes

After winning his first eight career starts to tie an NHL record, Jones has dropped back-to-back outings ... Chicago forward Patrick Kane had his 14-game point streak halted ... Chicago went 0-for-3 on the power play, while LA finished 0-for-2 on the man advantage.

12/31 01:50:24 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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13th
NOR 0
DUR 1
 
Final
WAS 3
STL 4
Final
CLE 0
TOR 5
Final
DET 5
ANA 2
Final
BOS 4
BAL 2
Final
KAN 5
MIN 4
Final
CHC 8
CIN 4
Final
OAK 4
HOU 3
5th
PIT 6
MIL 5
 
6th
NYM 1
ATL 3
 
5th
TAM 6
NYY 1
 
6th
MIA 6
SEA 0
 
3rd
TEX 1
CWS 1
 
3rd
LOS 0
ARI 4
 
3rd
COL 0
PHI 0
 
2nd
SDP 0
SFG 0
 
Final
TOR 87
BRK 94
Final
LAC 105
GSW 109
3rd
IND 61
ATL 74
 
9:30pm Tonight
OKC
MEM
Final
STL 4
CHI 3
2nd Intermission
PIT 3
CLB 2
 
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
13th
NOR 0
DUR 1