Another strong start by the Blackhawks left the defending Stanley Cup champions blindsided once again.

The beginning of Sunday's matchup at the United Center looked awfully similar to the Kings' home opener against the Blackhawks -- the same home opener Chicago spoiled after Los Angeles' banner raising ceremony.

"Both games we didn't have a good start," Kings forward Anze Kopitar said. "Tonight they came at us, they were ready and we just had a sloppy start. Our neutral zone wasn't good by any means and a team like that with a lot of skills will make you pay."

The Blackhawks did just that, handing the Kings their sixth regulation loss this season and improving to 12-0-3 in the process.

But in the final period of Sunday's game, Los Angeles began to find its groove. Kings forward Mike Richards recorded two power play goals for his team, narrowing Chicago's lead to one. But their efforts were too late and the Blackhawks went on to win 3-2.

"It wasn't until the third period that we woke up," Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said. "If you're not getting that first play in the first period, you're not going to win games.

"The thing that cost us was our start. There's no secret to it."