LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings
are playing some of the best hockey in the NHL, and they were more than good enough to end the winning streak of another hot team. Slava Voynov
gave the Kings their first lead of the game in the third period on a goal set up by Anze Kopitar
and they went on to post a 5-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks
at Staples Center.
The Ducks had their six-game win streak snapped, and the Kings won their fourth game in a row and their sixth in the last seven.
Kopitar, who had three assists, passed from behind the net to Voynov, who scored from the
faceoff circle and through the legs of Anaheim goaltender Viktor Fasth. Dustin Brown
also was creditied with his 200th career assist on the goal.
The Kings went on a power play after Sheldon Souray was assessed a slashing penalty. Jake Muzzin scored 15 seconds later on a shot from the top of the slot to give the Kings a 4-2 lead at 6:23. Jeff Carter made it 5-2 on an empty-net goal with 21 seconds left.
Brown scored his third goal in as many games, this one to tie the score at 2 at 17:53 on a zinger from the top of the slot that hit the crossbar. Kopitar and Justin Williams assisted on the goal.
The Ducks were so flustered that defenseman Ben Lovejoy took down Brown from behind after Brown got behind the defense at 2:33 of the third period. Brown was awarded a penalty shot but couldn't capitalize.
The Ducks took a 2-1 lead at 5:51 of the second period when center Saku Koivu scored a power-play goal with Jonathan Quick out of the net and Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi unable to clear the puck.
Andrew Cogliano had scored off a rebound in front of the net just 13 seconds into the second period for the Ducks' first goal of the game.
Kings winger Dustin Penner, who has won the Stanley Cup with the Ducks and Kings, tied the score at 1 at 3:16 in the second period. He scored his first goal of the season by tapping in a shot between the legs of Fasth from the slot.
What a difference from the previous meeting. The Ducks beat the Kings 7-4 behind a hat trick from Ducks center Nick Bonino on Feb. 2. The 11 goals, including three in the first period, made it the highest-scoring game in the history of the series.
Early in the second period, Jordan Nolan and Souray dropped the gloves, and Nolan got the better of that one. They were both assessed five-minute majors for fighting.
NOTES: The Ducks started Monday's action tied for second in the NHL in points (27).
Chicago leads with 35. ... The Kings play 11 of their next 14 games at home. The Kings were on the road for eight of the previous 10 February games because Staples Center was hosting the Grammys. ... Former Anaheim general manager Brian Burke was hired by the Ducks again last week as a part-time scout. He was fired as Toronto's general manager last month. ... After a 3-5-2 start this season, the Kings are 6-1-0. ... Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, who had 10 goals in the regular season last year, hasn't scored a goal yet this year.
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