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PITTSBURGH -- Defenseman Drew Doughty scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period and the streaking Los Angeles Kings tied a franchise record with their eighth straight road win Thursday night, beating the slumping Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2.

Doughty's game-winner came at 3:51 of the third when he one-timed a pass from left winger Dustin Brown at the right circle for his ninth goal.

Center Jeff Carter and defenseman Alec Martinez also scored for the Kings.

The Kings (43-25-6) also won eight games in a row away from home from 1974-75. They are 8-0 on the road since the Olympic break and have won five consecutive games overall and 13 of their last 16.

It was also the Kings' first win in Pittsburgh since Oct. 10, 2003.

The Kings, who have eight games remaining in the season, hold an eight-point lead over the Phoenix Coyotes for the third and final playoff spot from the Pacific Division.

Though they still hold a comfortable lead in the Metropolitan Division, the Penguins (46-22-5) are 2-5-1 in their last eight games. Left wingers Chris Kunitz and Taylor Pyatt scored Pittsburgh's goals.

The Penguins appeared to score the tying goal a little less than six minutes after Doughty's score when center Brandon Sutter knocked in a loose puck on a scramble in front of the net during a power play. However, the goal was disallowed following video review because it was determined the Penguins had interfered with goaltender Martin Jones.

Backup goalies started for each team as Jones gave Jonathan Quick the night off and the Penguins' Jeff Zatkoff spelled struggling Marc-Andre Fleury, who is 0-3-1 with a 3.76 goals-against average in his last five games.

Jones made 35 saves. Zatkoff stopped 29 shots.

Carter opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 15:23 of the first period. Right winger Marian Gaborik flipped a shot on net through traffic from the right circle and it deflected off Carter's stick for his 26th goal.

The Kings made it 2-0 when Martinez scored his 10th goal at 6:59 of the second period.

Kunitz got the Penguins on the board when he answered 34 seconds later with his 33rd goal. Pyatt drew the Penguins into a 2-2 tie at 15:42 of the second with his fourth goal of the season and second in two games.

NOTES: RW Beau Bennett returned to the Penguins after his three-game conditioning assignment expired at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre of the American Hockey League but was not activated. Bennett has been limited to 12 games this season because of a broken wrist that required surgery in November. ... Penguins D Kris Letang, who suffered a stroke last month, is practicing with the team, but there is no timetable for when he might play again. "I wish I would be out there," he said. "Maybe nothing would happen, but we want to be 100 percent sure." ... How highly does Kings coach Darryl Sutter think of C Anze Kopitar? "I think you can make a case that Anze is the best player in the league other than (Penguins C) Sidney Crosby," Sutter said. ... The Kings return home on Saturday night to host the Winnipeg Jets. ... The Penguins visit the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.

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