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The high-scoring Kane ended his seven-game goal drought in a quiet postseason by charging into the crease to tap home the tying goal on a rebound of Hjalmarsson’s shot and Bickell’s deflection late in the second period.

After Los Angeles killed a penalty to open the third period, Michal Handzus caught the Kings napping and set up a break with the speedy Hossa, who ripped a precise shot for his seventh goal of the postseason.

“That’s one thing that (coach) Darryl (Sutter) has been hard on us for right now,” Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said. “We’re making too many turnovers, in the neutral zone especially. That was a cause of two of the goals. We made turnovers and they came back down on odd-man rushes and scored. If we want to win, it’s something we can’t be doing.”

The Kings played their third straight game without center Mike Richards, who has an apparent concussion after a big hit from Chicago’s Dave Bolland in the series opener. Richards was the Kings‘ leading postseason scorer with 10 points when he got hurt.

Los Angeles’ unbeaten stretch at home ended in unusual fashion with the blown lead, and the low-scoring Kings‘ title defense could be over in two days. The NHL hasn’t had a repeat champion since the Detroit Red Wings in 1998, and Los Angeles has managed just eight goals in four games against the powerful Blackhawks.

“They didn’t have many great scoring chances,” Crawford said. “We mostly kept them to the outside. It was great for us to shut them down.”

Chicago needs one win in three games to advance to its second Stanley Cup finals appearance since 1992. The Blackhawks have been mostly rolling since their 5-2 victory in the season opener at Los Angeles in January, ruining the Kings‘ banner-raising ceremony.

The Blackhawks hadn’t won a playoff round in the past two seasons since their Stanley Cup triumph, replenishing their roster on the fly around their talented young core.

Just nine players remain from the championship team, but it’s safe to say the rebuild is complete for a team that won its second Presidents’ Trophy with a 36-7-5 regular season, followed by a gutsy rally from a 1-3 series deficit against Detroit to escape the second round.

Los Angeles’ fourth line created the first goal just 3:28 in when Kyle Clifford passed from behind Chicago’s net to Voynov, who skated in alone for a slap shot past Crawford. The goal was Voynov’s sixth of the postseason, extending his single-season playoff record for Kings defensemen.

The Blackhawks evened it on an innocent-looking play by Bickell, whose wobbly shot somehow got out of Quick’s glove for his eighth goal of the postseason. Bickell is on a remarkable playoff run before unrestricted free agency this summer, scoring a goal in each of the past three games and five of seven overall.

The Kings went back ahead early in the second period on a goal by their newly constituted big line around Carter, who drove the net while Chicago’s Nick Leddy failed to knock him off the puck. Penner swept home the rebound of Carter’s backhand when Brookbank couldn’t move him out of the crease.

Chicago tied it late in the period when Hjalmarsson launched a long shot through Bickell’s screen. Kane tapped it home for a much-needed boost for the prolific scorer who had managed just two goals in the playoffs after getting 23 in the regular season.