Kings rally to thump the Blackhawks, updates on the Rangers and Canadiens, plus the latest on Brayden Schenn, Olli Maatta, Marc Savard and more.

Jeff Carter (left) scored a hat trick as the Kings rallied to beat the Blackhawks.

Jeff Carter (left) scored a hat trick as the Kings rallied to beat the Blackhawks.

LOS ANGELES TIMES/CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Kings scored five unanswered goals in the third period, including a hat trick by Jeff Carter, to overcome a 2-1 deficit and defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-2, tying their best-of-seven Western Conference Final at a game apiece.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rangers coach Alain Vigneault is calling for unconditional love from Blueshirts fans during Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Final against the Montreal Canadiens tonight at Madison Square Garden.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Really? You have to beg your fans for unconditional love? So all those deafening chants of “Let’s go, Rangers!” for all these years were meaningless? 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Dustin Tokarski gets the start for the Canadiens tonight against the Rangers, while Thomas Vanek practiced yesterday with the Habs fourth line. Brian Gionta was moved to the number two line with Tomas Plekanec and Alex Galchenyuk, while Dale Weise moved to the third line with Lars Eller and Rene Bourque.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Therrien was sending a clear message to Vanek that his performance thus far in this series has been unacceptable. If the Canadiens are to overcome their two-game deficit against the Rangers, they need much more from Vanek. 

CSNPHILLY.COM: Flyers GM Ron Hextall called re-signing RFA center Brayden Schenn his club’s first priority.

TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Derrick Pouliot will require four-to-six months of recovery from shoulder surgery, while rookie blueliner Olli Maatta will also under shoulder surgery. No word on how long he could be sidelined.

WASHINGTON POST: The Capitals have interviewed former Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz.

CSNNE.COM: The quality of life for Boston Bruins center Marc Savard continues to improve as he recovers from the concussion which has effectively ended his NHL playing career. He has three years remaining on his contract with the club, which is covered by the club’s long-term injured reserve protection.

MLIVE.COM: SportsBusiness Journal named the Red Wings-Maple Leafs Winter Classic the top sports event of the year.

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: The Sharks have named assistant coach Larry Robinson their director of player development.