Corey Crawford, Dustin Penner, Niklas Hjalmarsson

Kings winger Dustin Penner tries to redirect the puck between Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford and defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson in the first period of Game 4 on Thursday night at Staples Center. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times / June 6, 2013)

Third period (Blackhawks 3, Kings 2)

Empty net again.

Kings left wing Dustin Penner backhands a pass to forward Jeff Carter, but there's no shot.

Chicago celebrates at net with goaltender Corey Crawford as time runs out.

The best-of-seven Western Conference finals series goes to Chicago on Saturday with the Blackhawks leading 3-1.

Final score of Game 4: Chicago 3, Kings 2.


Now 2:01 left, and the Kings’ only shot of the period came with 15:21 remaining. Home playoff and 15-game overall winning streak at Staples Center is in trouble.

Kings winger Dustin Brown takes a rare shot with 1:17 left, but Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford saves it. That’s 14 minutes without a shot.

Timeout, Kings.

Empty net.

A long-range shot by right wing Tyler Toffoli is knocked down.

Quick back for a blue-line faceoff.

Chicago keeps it on Kings’ end, 30 seconds left.


Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson nearly loses the puck skating backward toward goaltender Corey Crawford, a near own-goal.

Big hit by Kings left wing Dustin Brown on Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya.

Chicago right wing Patrick Kane blasts a shot, but Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick holds it.

Now there’s 6:39 left, the Kings still looking for a second shot this period.

Kings right wing Justin Williams tries to fool Crawford with a backhanded attempt; it doesn’t count as a shot.