NHL play-offs: Los Angeles Kings move 3-1 up against Chicago Blackhawks
Chicago's hopes of retaining the Stanley Cup are hanging by a thread after suffering a 5-2 defeat to Los Angeles Kings.
Last Updated: 27/05/14 7:30am
Victory for the Kings means they now only need one more win to reach the title match for the second time in three years, dumping holders Chicago out of the play-offs.
Los Angeles, the 2012 champions, were in dominant mood from the off at Staples Center and first-period goals from Jake Muzzin, Marian Gaborik and Dustin Brown put them in complete charge before Drew Doughty made it 4-0 in the second.
At that point, in-form Los Angeles had scored 14 of the last 17 goals in the series.
Chicago threatened a comeback with efforts from Brandon Saad and Bryan Bickell but Los Angeles wrapped up the win with Tanner Pearson's goal late on as they moved to within touching distance of a return to the Stanley Cup Finals.