Jonathan Toews battled hard for possession of the puck along the end boards, fed Marian Hossa in front and the veteran winger buried it — all while the Blackhawks were short-handed early on against the Kings.

Just like that, the Hawks had answered questions of how they would respond following one of their worst outings of the season and how they would start against a team that hadn't allowed a first-period goal in 18 games.

The sequence with just under six minutes elapsed in the first period propelled the Hawks to an impressive 3-1 victory over a Kings team that came into the game red-hot and left it wondering what hit them Sunday night at the United Center.

"(Toews) set the tempo," said Hossa, who sent the puck through the pads of Kings goaltender Ben Scrivens to get the Hawks off and running. "He outbattled the opponent and made a great play. He did all the work. Those little things give you momentum. Then all of a sudden we had an extra jump."

Hossa, Kris Versteeg and Patrick Sharp scored as the defending Stanley Cup champions handed the Kings just their second loss in regulation in their last 19 contests in front of a crowd of 21,426.

Rookie goaltender Antti Raanta provided a look into his ability to rebound from a rough outing with a 21-save effort a night after being yanked for allowing five goals on 25 shots during a 7-3 loss to the Maple Leafs in Toronto.

"We were pretty sound defensively for the most part and we got a great start and didn't really let up for the next 40 minutes after the first period," Toews said. "It doesn't take us long to get back to our good habits."

Only Alec Martinez scored against a confident Raanta, who had the backing of a stifling Hawks defense. Los Angeles had its six-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 13-2-4 over its last 19.