Fast start enables Kings to defeat Islanders

Fast start enables Kings to defeat Islanders

Phillip Danault and Matt Roy scored fewer than five minutes apart early in the first period Saturday night for the host Los Angeles Kings, who remained red-hot by cruising to a 5-2 win over the New York Islanders.Quinton Byfield and Brendan Lemieux scored in the second period and Trevor Moore collected an empty-netter in the third for the Kings, who swept a back-to-back set – they beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-1 on Friday night – to extend their winning streak to five games.Los Angeles remained three points behind the first-place Calgary Flames in the Pacific Division and increased their lead over the third-place Vegas Golden Knights to three points.Goalie Cal Petersen made 26 saves.Anders Lee scored in the second period and Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored late in the third for the Islanders, who fell to 1-1-1 on a five-game Western Conference road trip.New York also lost star center Mathew Barzal, who appeared to get his left leg twisted when he got tied up with Danault with 8:25 left in the second. Barzal needed help getting off the ice yet returned just three minutes later, but he played one shift before heading back to the locker room.Goalie Semyon Varlamov recorded 30 saves.

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