Kings 3, Islanders 2

Jerry Beach, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Center Tyler Toffoli scored with 1:27 left in the third period on Thursday night to cap a three-goal, third-period comeback by the Los Angeles Kings in a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.
Toffoli was credited with the goal when defensemen Jake Muzzin's shot from the blue line clipped off his stick and trickled past Islanders goalie Kevin Poulin.
Defenseman Slava Voynov and left winger Tanner Pearson scored earlier in the period for the Kings (12-6-1), who won two days after losing goalie Jonathan Quick to a Grade 2 groin strain.
Goalie Ben Scrivens, making just his second start of the year, had 23 saves for the Kings.
Center Casey Cizikas and defenseman Aaron Ness scored in the second period for the Islanders, who lost a game in which they led for the seventh time this year and blew a two-goal lead for the third time. New York (7-10-3) has lost five of its last six (1-5-0).
Poulin, making a third straight start for the second time in his career, carried a shutout into the third period for the second game in a row and finished with 21 saves.
The Kings had 10 of the first 12 shots in a scoreless first period, but it was the Islanders who came closest to scoring when Scrivens skated out of the net to clear the puck with under three minutes to play. He fired it around the back of the net, but Cizikas picked up the loose puck and almost beat Scrivens as he dashed back to the goal.
Cizikas didn't have to wait long to actually get on the board in the second period when he broke free of a scrum along the boards, followed the puck in front of the goalmouth and put back a kick save by Scrivens for his first goal of the season.
The Islanders benefited from a hustle play a little more than two minutes later when right winger Kyle Okposo stuck his stick out to slow down defenseman Drew Doughty as he closed in on a loose puck along the right side. Center John Tavares, trailing the play, picked up the puck and fired to Hess, whose shot sailed into the lower left corner of the net.
The Kings' frustration appeared to build as the period continued. Left winger Dwight King and center Anze Kopitar were both penalized for goalie interference after crashing into Poulin. Kopitar slammed Poulin on to the ice, which led the Islanders' enforcer, left winger Matt Martin, to grab Kopitar off the ice and pull him up before referees intervened.
In addition, Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr exchanged shoves with Islanders right winger Cal Clutterbuck as the two skated behind the Kings' net. Regehr's final shove was so forceful that he managed to knock off his own helmet.
Los Angeles cut the lead in half 5:34 into the third period when Voynov shed two defensemen, passed to Kopitar and wriggled free to the right of the Islanders' net, where he snuck a shot under Poulin's armpit.
The Kings tied it on a power play goal by Tanner Pearson with 7:45 left. His shot was initially slowed down by Poulin, but the puck trickled over the red line before Poulin could smother it.
NOTES: Prior to Thursday, the Islanders had not hosted the Kings since Feb. 11, 2012, when they beat Los Angeles 2-1 in overtime. ... The Islanders scratched LWs Eric Boulton and Thomas Vanek and D Radek Martinek. Vanek has missed the last three games with an upper-body injury but skated Wednesday and Thursday and appears likely to return against Detroit on Saturday. ... The Kings scratched LW Daniel Carcillo, Quick and C Jarret Stoll. To replace Quick on the active roster, the Kings recalled G Martin Jones from Manchester of the AHL. ... Poulin last made three straight starts for the Islanders from Feb. 18 to Feb. 21, 2012, when he went 1-2-0 against Carolina, Ottawa and Buffalo. ... Tavares (hip) played in his 227th straight game, the second-longest streak by an Islanders player since the franchise's last Stanley Cup in 1983. ... Kings C Jeff Carter, who has been on injured reserve since Nov. 1 with a foot injury, was scheduled to see a doctor on Thursday.

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