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WINNIPEG -- The Los Angeles Kings showed the Winnipeg Jets why they were the Stanley Cup champions in 2012 with a dominating territorial performance in a 3-1 victory Thursday night.

The game might have looked close on the scoreboard but the visitors outshot the locals by a more than two-to-one margin, 41-18, and at times the ice looked tilted toward the Jets net.

The win improved the Kings' record to 36-22-6 and dropped the Jets to 30-27-7.

Kings center Mike Richards scored the winner at 16:15 of the second period after he stepped in front of Jets center Olli Jokinen to pick off an errant pass from defenseman Toby Enstrom and wired a slap shot high to the glove side of goaltender Ondrej Pavelec.

The Jets opened the scoring courtesy of Jokinen, who banged home a goalmouth pass from left winger Evander Kane for his 13th of the season at 12:03 of the second period. Newly-resigned defenseman Mark Stuart earned the second assist.

It took just 42 seconds for the Kings to respond when winger Dustin Brown directed center Jarret Stoll's pass off his skates past Pavelec for his 12th goal of the year. The play was reviewed but it was determined Brown did not use a distinct kicking motion.

Kings defenseman Alec Martinez scored the insurance marker at 16:51 of the third period on the power play with Jets right winger Blake Wheeler off with a high-sticking penalty.

The first period was very physical with plenty of hits on both sides, highlighted by Jets right winger Dustin Byfulgien knocking Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin head over heels into the Winnipeg bench.

Just one game after the Jets lost rookie center Mark Scheifele to a likely season-ending knee injury, the team received another scare when Stuart's clearing pass late in the second period hit partner and first-year sensation Jacob Trouba in the face. The 20-year-old was down for a few seconds but skated off under his own power.

He was back a few minutes later, drilling defenseman Drew Doughty, a hit that caused a late-period scrum.

NOTES: The Jets played their first game without rookie C Mark Scheifele, who was injured in the team's 3-2 overtime loss to the New York Islanders on Tuesday. He is out six to eight weeks with an MCL injury but does not require surgery. ... The Kings made one of the biggest splashes at the trade deadline, acquiring RW Marian Gaborik from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for RW Matt Frattin. ... The Jets' primary move at the deadline was signing D Mark Stuart to a four-year, $10.5 million extension. ... The Kings began the night 4-0 since the Olympic break. ... Through Wednesday, the Jets had the highest winning percentage in the NHL (.750, 11-3-2) since Paul Maurice replaced Claude Noel as coach on Jan. 12. ... Los Angeles is the only NHL city the Jets have not been to since the beginning of the 2011-12 season. That will change later when the Kings play host at Staples Center on March 29.
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