Johnson scored the only goal of the shootout in the final round as the Kings beat the Islanders 4-3 on Tuesday night.
Johnson faked a forehand and got Yann Danis to move before he slipped in a backhander net to give the Kings their fourth straight win.
“He made a pretty good move,” Danis said. “I tried to stack my pads, and somehow, it squeezed through.”
The Kings are fighting for a playoff spot, which has made this a fun season for coach Terry Murray. Los Angeles tied for the fewest points in the NHL last season.
“This is the best time I’ve ever had in coaching, and I started as an assistant in 1982,” Murray said. “There are a lot of good young guys on our team. It’s a great dressing room, and has great chemistry.”
Los Angeles opened the scoring just 2:08 into the game. Simmonds, in the left circle, took the puck from teammate Brad Richardson and ripped a quick wrist shot past Danis’ short side.
The Islanders tied it at 4:53 when Mike Comrie fed Bill Guerin alone in the slot. Guerin waited for Quick to make a move, and then pushed a soft back-pass to Weight, who immediately beat Quick to the glove side.
Jackman put the Islanders up 2-1 at 4:20 of the second period with a goal from a near impossible angle. Standing along the goal line to Quick’s left, Jackman threw a wrist shot toward the net that hit the post and deflected in.
The lead lasted just 67 seconds as Kopitar tied it by finishing a 2-on-1 with Patrick O’Sullivan.
“It’s good that we came back a couple of times during the game and in the shootout,” Kings captain Dustin Brown said. “These games are huge for us. We can’t, and didn’t take the Islanders lightly, because a few years ago, we were the Islanders in L.A.”
Hilbert got a quick wrist shot off in the low slot and beat Quick to put the Islanders back on top at 9:50.
Frolov made it 3-3 at 6:41 of the third period when he banged in a rebound with 2 seconds left on a Los Angeles power play. Frolov leads the team with 22 goals.
The Islanders didn’t register a shot in the period until Sean Bergenheim sent one on Quick with 7:16 left. They then killed off the last 80 seconds of overtime a man down.
“I thought we played well,” Guerin said. “Los Angeles is known as being a good forechecking team, and they were, but I think we forechecked them just as well.”
The Islanders have lost three straight to Los Angeles. … The Kings wrapped up a five-game road trip (4-1), but will make two more visits to the East Coast this season.