Quinton Byfield’s late goal lifts Kings past Devils

Quinton Byfield’s late goal lifts Kings past Devils

Quinton Byfield scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:37 remaining in the third period and the Los Angeles Kings topped the New Jersey Devils 2-1 on Thursday night at Newark, N.J.On a power play with ga

Quinton Byfield scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:37 remaining in the third period and the Los Angeles Kings topped the New Jersey Devils 2-1 on Thursday night at Newark, N.J.On a power play with game tied 1-1, Los Angeles’ Brandt Clarke sent the puck into some net-front traffic from the point. Positioned well was Byfield, who has five goals and four assists in his past seven games, to initially deflect it off Devils goalie Nico Daws, then fought to put in the rebound for the Kings’ lead.Anze Kopitar scored a short-handed goal and David Rittich was stout when needed while making 26 saves for Los Angeles, which rebounded from an embarrassing 7-0 loss at Buffalo on Tuesday to win for the third time in four games.Ex-King Tyler Toffoli recorded his team-leading 23rd goal and Daws stopped 27 shots for New Jersey, which is fighting to move into playoff position in the Eastern Conference and had earned five points in its previous three games.The Devils sent 15 shots on net in the third period, but Rittich, who yielded five goals in two periods against the Sabres, stayed calm and kept his team in position to pull ahead.

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