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Sharp, Kane Score as Blackhawks Beat Kings
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Patrick Sharp scored for the fifth time in six games to snap a scoreless tie, Patrick Kane also had a goal and an assist, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 on Saturday night to finish their annual "circus trip" 4-2-0.

Crawford started consecutive games for the second time this season and made 21 saves, after stopping 26 shots Friday in a 5-2 victory down the freeway in Anaheim. He lost his shutout bid with 5:02 remaining when Anze Kopitar beat him high to the glove side with a screened 45-foot slap shot in the slot during a 5-on-3 power play. Crawford has allowed no more than two goals in any of his last six starts.

The Blackhawks are off to a 13-11-2 start. Only six times since the NHL's first expansion in 1968-69 has a defending Stanley Cup champion failed to win at least half of its first 26 games -- including the 1993-94 Montreal Canadiens, who beat the Kings in the 1993 finals. The worst start by any of those six clubs was by the 1991-92 Edmonton Oilers (10-14 with two ties).

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