Tanner Pearson gained control of the puck behind the Chicago Blackhawks’ net midway through the second period of Game 3 of the Western Conference finals Saturday at Staples Center. The Kings trailed by a goal and it didn’t look as if that might change soon.
Then, with the patience of a player far more experienced, Pearson waited for the traffic to clear from in front of the net. The 21-year-old rookie slipped the puck to teammate Jeff Carter, who skated into vacant space and scored.
Carter’s goal tied the score 8:08 into the second period, propelling the Kings to a 4-3 victory over the Blackhawks and a two-games-to-one advantage in the best-of-7 series. Game 4 is Monday at Staples Center and the Blackhawks must find an answer for that 70s line.
Carter had a goal and two assists in Game 3, Pearson had an assist and Tyler Toffoli also scored. Carter has points in four consecutive games (five goals, five assists). Pearson (one goal, four assists) and Toffoli (three goals, one assist...