TORONTO -- Center Jeff Carter scored the go-ahead goal in the third period, and the Los Angeles Kings
defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs
3-1 Wednesday for their fifth consecutive win.
Defenseman Drew Doughty and left winger Kyle Clifford
also scored for Kings who were coming off a 6-0 win in Montreal on Tuesday. Center Mike Richards had two assists for the Kings (21-7-4), and Carter added an assist.
Defenseman Cody Franson
scored for the Maple Leafs (16-13-3).
Former Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier
made 20 stops in the Toronto net.
Kings rookie goalie Martin Jones
, who was coming off consecutive shutouts, stopped 38 shots, though his attempt at a third shutout was snapped in the second period. He had not allowed a goal in 177:16.
After the Maple Leafs tied the game in the second, the Kings regained the lead at 9:40 of the third period on the eighth goal of the season by Carter, who fired home a wrist shot. Clifford scored his third goal of the season at 18:01 of the third to put the game away.
The Kings took a 1-0 lead out of the first period, the 17th game in a row in which they did not allow a first-period goal.
Jones made a big stop early in the second period on right winger Phil Kessel, who worked free for a shot from close range.
Kings center Colin Fraser was assisted from the ice at 7:18 of the second period after taking a hit from left winger Frazer McLaren. Not long after, at 10:48, McLaren and Kings center Jordan Nolan picked up fighting majors.
The Maple Leafs took advantage of a two-man advantage at 14:30 of the second to tie the game at 1-1. Franson scored his first of the season on a snap shot from a sharp angle at the left of the goal after taking a pass from Kessel. Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell (interference) and Doughty (slashing) were in the penalty box.
Doughty scored his sixth goal of the season at 10:30 of the first period on the first power play of the game. He skated in from the right point and beat Bernier from the edge of the face-off circle with a wrist shot. Toronto center Peter Holland was off for holding.
NOTES: Maple Leafs D Dion Phaneuf served the first half of his two-game suspension Wednesday. The ban resulted from his hit from behind on D Kevan Miller in Sunday's loss to the Boston Bruins. ... D Mark Fraser took Phaneuf's spot in the lineup, and D Morgan Rielly was back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch for the previous three games. ... LW Joffrey Lupul (groin) returned to the Maple Leafs lineup against the Kings after missing seven games. ... Kings D Matt Greene (upper-body injury) was activated from injured reserve Tuesday after missing 15 games but has yet to play. ... Kings G Ben Scrivens, who was traded in the offseason by the Maple Leafs for G Jonathan Bernier, did not play as the Kings went with the hot hand, rookie G Martin Jones.
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