Blackhawks come alive in third period for 5-3 win over Kings

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LOS ANGELES -- The Blackhawks aren't embracing the role of spoiler.

But they are accepting that reality.

And Saturday, the Hawks of today, the ones who are in last place in the Central Division and would need a miracle to make the playoffs for the 10th straight season, felt like the Hawks of yesteryear.

They scored four goals in the third period of a 5-3 victory over the Kings, the most meaningful of which came courtesy of Jonathan Toews with 1 minute, 58 seconds left to break a 3-3 tie.

That power-play score and a subsequent empty-netter from Patrick Kane sealed the come-from-behind win and ended the Hawks' road losing streak at seven games.

In some ways, it also reminded Toews of days past.

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"I think it's right in front of us that we can be the spoilers," he said. "Play loose, play smart, work hard the way we did tonight.

"It definitely doesn't hurt your confidence when you can find ways to win games coming from behind on the road against a team like them. It's something a lot of us are kind of used to -- we can pop a couple late and put some pressure on. Our confidence just builds."

Those special times of the recent past don't mean anything as far as this lost season is concerned. So the Hawks are trying to make something out of nothing, the only choice they have considering they are 12 points out of the second wild-card spot behind four teams with just 16 games left.

"That's what it's all about -- compete," coach Joel Quenneville said. "You always have to have a purpose behind what you're doing. There's always motivation to do well and play the game you love; let's go."


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