Quinton Byfield scores first career goal as Kings edge Islanders
Quinton Byfield, the second overall pick in the 2020 NHL draft, scored his first career goal Thursday night as the visiting Los Angeles Kings edged the New York Islanders, 3-2, in Elmont, N.Y.The 19-year-old Byfield, who played in his 10th NHL game Thursday, became the youngest player to score for the Kings since Drew Doughty, who played in his 1,000th game Thursday, in March 2009.Andreas Athanasiou scored in the waning seconds of the middle period while Adrian Kempe's empty-netter with 35.5 seconds left turned out to be the game-winning goal for the Kings, who won for the second time in six games (2-3-1) and improved to 2-0-1 on a season-long six-game road trip.Goalie Cal Petersen carried a shutout deep into the third period and finished with 23 saves.Mathew Barzal ended Petersen's shutout hopes by scoring with 2:04 left and Casey Cizikas scored with 19.3 seconds remaining for the Islanders, who fell to 2-11-3 against teams currently occupying a playoff spot. Goalie Semyon Varlamov recorded 27 saves.A lengthy battle for the puck at center ice led to Byfield's milestone goal in the first period. The Islanders' Anders Lee and Josh Bailey each briefly had control before Athanasiou shoveled the puck to Byfield, who fired a shot over the stick of Andy Greene and past the glove of Varlamov with 2:55 left.
Islanders vie to stay hot vs. Kings
Zach Parise recently assured his New York Islanders teammates he's a second-half player.He might not be the only one.The Islanders will look to continue surging when they host the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday in Elmont, N.Y. It's the first game between the teams in almost two years.The host Islanders overcame an early two-goal deficit Tuesday night, when Parise snapped the final tie with the game-winning goal 11:51 into the third period of a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.The Kings have been off since Monday, when they continued their longest road trip of the season by dropping a 3-2 decision in a shootout to the New York Rangers.The goal was the second in as many games for Parise, who had just one goal in the first 33 games of the season. Following the win, he grinned when asked about the locker-room declaration."It's not as if I came into the room and told everyone I was a second-half player," Parise said. "I was just trying to make light of the situation. Hopefully, I'll be heating up here in the near future."The Islanders have been heating up for almost two months. New York lost 11 straight while dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak from Nov. 7 through Dec. 5 but is 10-4-1 since then, a span in which the team hasn't lost back-to-back games.The extended stretch of solid play has lifted the Islanders into sixth place in the Metropolitan Division. They entered Wednesday's games 14 points behind the Boston Bruins, who currently occupy the final Eastern Conference wild-card spot.New York, which has played an NHL-low 35 games, has four games in hand on the Bruins.
Rangers continue to roll at home, edge Kings in shootout
Adam Fox scored the game-winner in the sixth round of the shootout as the New York Rangers extended their home winning streak to five games with a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night.The Rangers won for the ninth time in 12 games when Fox's crafty move capped an action-packed contest that featured a 4-on-4 overtime without a whistle after the Rangers started with a 46-second power play.Fox sped in along the left side, faked a forehand shot to get goaltender Jonathan Quick to commit. When Quick committed, Fox shifted to his backhand and lifted the puck over Quick's left pad to the top of the net.Artemi Panarin extended the game by scoring in the third after Anze Kopitar scored in the same round. Quinton Byfield scored in the fifth round, but Alexis Lafreniere extended the game for New York and Fox scored after Igor Shesterkin stopped Arthur Kaliyev in the top of the sixth.Barclay Goodrow got the Rangers to overtime by scoring on a nifty deflection of a Panarin shot with 5:45 left in regulation. Quick got the game to the shootout with five saves in overtime, including a sprawling glove stop on Panarin during New York's 4-on-3 power play.Chris Kreider scored his league-leading 30th goal with 1.5 seconds left in the first period while Blake Lizotte scored the tying goal midway through the second for Los Angeles. The Kings held a 2-1 lead into the third after Alex Iafallo scored a power-play goal with 39 seconds to go in the period.
Rangers' Chris Kreider looks to continue scoring surge against Kings
Nearly two years ago, Chris Kreider was a candidate to be traded before eventually signing a seven-year contract extension.Now Kreider is tied with Alex Ovechkin for the league lead with 29 goals and he attempts to continue his surge Monday night when the New York Rangers host the Los Angeles Kings.Kreider agreed to the contract extension on Feb. 24, 2020, on the same day as the NHL's trade deadline as he was in the midst of scoring 24 goals in 63 games during a truncated season. He scored 20 goals in 50 games last season during a 56-game campaign but is in the midst of a career season two years into the contract.Kreider pulled into a tie with Ovechkin on Saturday when he sparked a 7-3 win over the visiting Arizona Coyotes on Saturday. He scored for the fifth straight game when he notched his fifth career hat trick by getting his first career short-handed goal, his 14th power-play goal of the season and an even strength tally."Guys are getting pucks to the net when I'm there," Kreider said. "There are so many good guys up and down the lineup who can create and manipulate passing lanes, some of the best players in the world."He has eight goals during the longest goal scoring streak of his career and his 29 tallies are one more than his previous career-high set in 2016-17 and matched in 2018-19."Things have obviously been going great for him this year," New York defenseman Jacob Trouba said. "But he hasn't really acted like things have been going great. He's the same Chris, he knows what he's good at, what makes him good."If Kreider scores again, the Rangers hope it comes in a game that features a quicker start. New York is 8-3-0 in its past 11 contests but the last two wins required comebacks.
Kings end three-game skid with win over Devils
Alex Iafallo, Viktor Arvidsson and Carl Grundstrom scored to lift the visiting Los Angeles Kings to a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday night in Newark, N.J.Cal Petersen made 23 saves for the Kings, who ended a three-game losing streak in the opener of a six-game East Coast road trip.Jesper Bratt scored two goals, and Jon Gillies made 34 saves for the Devils.Grundstrom spun and shot the puck past Gillies from the inside edge of the right circle to give the Kings a 3-2 lead at 11:05 of the third period.Bratt gave the Devils a 1-0 lead at 2:37 of the first period. Damon Severson threaded a stretch to Bratt for a breakaway.Iafallo tied it 1-1 at 5:47 of the first.Jack Hughes brought the puck into the Los Angeles zone, behind the net and up the opposite wall and then turned the puck over while leaving it for Severson.Iafallo took possession and brought the puck through the neutral zone and into the right circle, where he scored on a wrist shot.Bratt moved New Jersey back ahead 2-1 with a power-play goal at 17:34.
Kings head east looking for spark, face Devils first
Los Angeles Kings coach Todd McLellan is convinced his team can match up with all the others in the NHL.It's just a matter of showing it.The Kings are scheduled to open a six-game East Coast road trip on Sunday evening at the New Jersey Devils.The Kings have lost three in a row to put a damper on a strong run that was building shortly before Christmas and peaked with a four-game winning streak earlier this month. The burst shot Los Angeles up the Pacific Division standings."We need some things to go right for us offensively," McLellan said. "We explode for five or six and then, all of a sudden, we're back down to the one or two. Two's a bad number in the NHL, if you're thinking about offense."McLellan said the difference lately has been that the Kings aren't finishing their prime scoring chances, while their opponents have been capitalizing on their opportunities.That was especially apparent in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the high-scoring Colorado Avalanche, who visited after playing the night before at the Anaheim Ducks."(Colorado) capitalizes on (scoring opportunities), and it takes us an extra four or five chances to capitalize," McLellan said. "We're working towards that. We can't ask our players to play perfect. The defensive part of it, yeah, mistakes, we have to clean some of that up. The offensive part, we have to score more goals."The Kings will face another team on Sunday that's playing the second night of back-to-back games.The Devils won 7-4 against the visiting Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night to end a three-game losing streak.Kings rookie Quinton Byfield made his season debut against the Avalanche, and the second overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft was even in his plus-minus while playing 15 minutes, including 5:15 on the power play.
Avalanche run winning streak to 5 by dumping Kings
Darcy Kuemper had 40 saves, Mikko Rantanen had a goal and an assist, and the visiting Colorado Avalanche beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 on Thursday night.Kiefer Sherwood, Nicolas Aube-Kubel and Devon Toews also scored and Nathan MacKinnon had two assists to help Colorado win on back-to-back nights in Southern California.The Avalanche have won five straight and 10 of their last 11.Anze Kopitar scored and Jonathan Quick stopped 23 shots for the Kings. Los Angeles played without leading scorer Adrian Kempe, who was out due to the NHL's health and safety protocol.The Kings outshot Colorado 34-15 through the first two periods but still trailed heading into the third.Rantanen got the first score of the night when he positioned himself next to the crease and redirected a pass from MacKinnon past Quick at 9:43 of the first period. It was his team-leading 21st goal of the season.It stayed 1-0 after the first period and Los Angeles continued to carry the play into the second, but Colorado struck again. The Kings' Brendan Lemieux tried to get the puck to the center of the defensive zone, but it went to Sherwood in the right circle, and he beat Quick to make it 2-0 at 3:06 of the second.It was his first goal of the season.
Kings face big challenge against surging Avalanche
The Colorado Avalanche are making a quick trip through Southern California, and if things go right they'll walk away with two wins in 24 hours.Colorado, one of the hottest teams in the NHL, kept surging with a 2-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night and now heads 45 minutes northwest to face the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.The Kings have stumbled after winning four in a row. They dropped their last two games and have given up six goals in each game.Now they face an Avalanche team that has suffered just four regulation losses since Nov. 6.Colorado won seven of the eight games between the teams last year and outscored Los Angeles 28-12. Facing a streaking team is a concern, but a bigger worry for Kings coach Todd McClellan is the 12 goals allowed in the last two games."We've got to play them. I'd be concerned if the Ontario Reign was coming in," McLellan said, referring to the team's AHL affiliate. "It doesn't matter who we play, it's about us, and we've got to clean some things up."McClellan said the 12 goals allowed in the last two games doesn't fall solely on the goaltenders."A little bit of everything (has gone wrong)," McLellan said. "You've heard us use the word ‘identity' a lot in the last month and it's gone away on us again a little bit."The Avalanche have been putting up plenty of goals but they showed they can win a defensive game, too. Wednesday's game was scoreless until late in the second period, and it was still in question when the Ducks pulled their goaltender for an extra skater.Nazem Kadri, Colorado's leading scorer, iced it with an empty-net goal.The goal, his 15th of the season, came after he won the "last man in" fan vote to take part in the NHL All-Star Game next month in Las Vegas.
NHL fines Phillip Danault, Jonathan Drouin $5K each
The NHL levied $5,000 fines against Montreal's Jonathan Drouin and Phillip Danault of the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday, the maximum fine allowed under the CBA.Danault was fined for a dangerous trip on Tampa Bay's Brayden Point. Drouin incurred his penalty for cross-checking Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars.Drouin received a five-minute major and a game misconduct for the cross-check to Seguin's head/neck area in Tuesday night's game, won by the Habs. Drouin tallied an assist before being ejected. He has 20 points (six goals, 14 assists) on the season.
Despite banged-up blue line, Lightning top Kings
Victor Hedman had two goals and an assist for the short-handed Tampa Bay Lightning, who earned a 6-4 win over the host Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.Nikita Kucherov, Mathieu Joseph and Steven Stamkos each had a goal and assist, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare also scored and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 32 saves for the Lightning.Tampa Bay played the game with just four defensemen because of injuries but still won for the sixth time in the past seven games.Blake Lizotte, Alex Iafallo, Arthur Kaliyev and Phillip Danault scored while Cal Petersen made 19 saves for the Kings, who have dropped two in a row after a four-game winning streak.The Kings have lost 10 in a row to Tampa Bay since their last head-to-head win on Dec. 6, 2015.The game was tied 3-3 after two periods. Just past the midpoint of the third, the Lightning won the puck along the boards and got it to Hedman alone in the high slot. He skated in and beat Petersen with a wrist shot at 10:43.Joseph made it 5-3 with 4:40 remaining, and Stamkos scored into an empty net with 2:42 left to make it 6-3.Danault made it 6-4 with 53 seconds to go.Hedman scored on a breakaway after a pass back to the blue line got past Olli Maatta, giving the Lightning a 1-0 lead at 13:17 of the first period.Lizotte stole the puck from Brayden Point in the Tampa Bay zone and scored up high from in close on Vasilevskiy to tie it 1-1 at 8:52 of the second.
Lightning begin road swing thin on defense vs. Kings
The good news for the Tampa Bay Lightning is that they have won three in a row heading into their three-game West Coast trip, beginning with a game against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.The bad news is they're woefully thin on the defensive end of the ice, especially on the right side.The Lightning announced Monday that Zach Bogosian is expected to miss 2 to 3 weeks with a lower-body injury.Additionally, Erik Cernak is questionable against the Kings after missing a 3-1 win against the visiting Dallas Stars on Saturday with a lower-body injury. Cernak was injured when he blocked a shot in the third period of a 4-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday.Jan Rutta had a maintenance day on Monday, leaving just five defenseman on the ice for practice."Our poor D are taking a beating," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "I guess it's the unfortunate side of things but, hopefully, we will get this out of us soon. A couple of weeks isn't too bad. It's a lot better than 6 to 8."Tampa Bay did not have any players in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol as of Monday, but left wing Ondrej Palat remains day to day with an undisclosed injury that kept him out the past two games.Palat is fourth on Tampa Bay with 30 points (15 goals, 15 assists) this season.The Lightning hosted the Kings on Dec. 14 and won 3-2 in overtime on a goal by Mathieu Joseph.Joseph continues to be a valuable asset for the Lightning, filling a variety of roles.He replaced Palat on the top line against the Canucks on Thursday, playing alongside Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point. Joseph then filled in on the third line on Saturday with Pat Maroon and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare."I think we're a little bit everywhere this year, but you know what, I enjoy it," Joseph said. "I get to play with some different guys out there and (learn) different ways to play offense and defense."
Timo Meier nets five goals as Sharks rout Kings
Timo Meier scored a franchise-record five goals to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 6-2 win against the visiting Los Angeles Kings on Monday afternoon.Meier scored three goals in the first period and two more in the second to break the previous record of four goals shared by Owen Nolan, Tomas Hertl, Patrick Marleau and Evander Kane.Hertl had four assists, Erik Karlsson had three assists and James Reimer made 39 saves for the Sharks, who had combined for one goal in their previous two games.Anze Kopitar and Mikey Anderson scored and Jonathan Quick made 11 saves for the Kings, who had won four in a row and six of seven.Meier notched his second career hat trick when he lifted a loose puck in front of the crease high in the net for a 4-0 lead with 51 seconds left in the opening period.Quick only stopped four of eight shots in the opening period.Meier scored his first goal on a power play for a 1-0 lead at 3:02. Brent Burns fed Meier coming through the right circle and he scored on a one-timer.Rudolfs Balcers scored for the second straight game to extend the lead to 2-0 at 15:56. Balcers missed 14 games with a lower-body injury before returning in a 2-1 overtime loss to the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.Meier scored again at 18:48 to make it 3-0. He swung and missed at a rebound, but then followed the puck into the right circle, where he spun and shot the puck past Quick.
Gutsy Kings hope to continue rise vs. San Jose
The bruise on Alex Iafallo's leg says a lot about how the Los Angeles Kings are performing lately.The Kings have won four in a row and six of seven heading into their next game on Monday night at the San Jose Sharks.Iafallo's blocked shot with 5:18 left in the third period at the Seattle Kraken on Saturday night knocked him out of the game but helped preserve a one-goal lead as the Kings went on to win 3-1."He's fine, he'll be a little bit sore," Kings coach Todd McLellan said. "When your skill, top-six (players) are willing to do that, you're usually winning games. You're going to lose your share too, but you have a better chance of winning when guys sell out and sacrifice. During our little run, we've seen a lot of that. Good for us and, hopefully, it rubs off on everybody else."While the Kings have won four in a row, every other team in the Pacific Division had lost at least two straight heading into Sunday.The wins and losses have allowed the Kings to leapfrog four teams in the division, including the Sharks, and move into second place behind the Vegas Golden Knights."Wins are hard to come by and we'll take them any way we can get them," McLellan said.The Sharks have lost two in a row and managed just one goal despite putting 78 shots on net in those games."We had a lot of good chances," Sharks captain Logan Couture said following a 2-1 overtime loss to the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night. "We keep creating those chances and they're going to start going in soon."San Jose failed to capitalize on all six power plays the past two games, and in the past 12 games have scored only twice in 28 chances with the man advantage."A lot of our guys are snakebit." Sharks coach Bob Boughner said.LA's Phillip Danault isn't having any difficulty finding the back of the net.
Kings extend Kraken’s losing skid to nine
Phillip Danault scored twice and Adrian Kempe set a career high for goals in a season as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the host Seattle Kraken 3-1 Saturday night.Trevor Moore had two assists for the Kings, who earned their fourth consecutive victory. Goaltender Cal Petersen made 17 saves to win his third start over the past eight days.Marcus Johansson scored the lone goal for the expansion Kraken, who lost their ninth in a row (0-8-1). Chris Driedger stopped 19 of 21 shots.Kempe gave the Kings the lead 4:06 into the first period with his 17th tally of the season.Los Angeles was able to keep the puck in the offensive zone at the blue line and Alex Iafallo took a shot from inside the left faceoff circle that went high off Driedger's chest. Kempe charged to the top of the crease and was there alone to corral the rebound and slip it into the net.The Kings made it 2-0 on Danault's goal at 4:10 of the second.Driedger made a sterling pad save on a shot by Mikey Anderson, but Danault outmuscled Seattle defenseman Jeremy Lauzon for the rebound and slid it under Driedger's pad.The Kraken finally got on the board with the man advantage at 10:49 of the second.
Streaking Kings confident ahead of first roadie vs. Kraken
The Los Angeles Kings seem to be gaining confidence by the day.With a lineup featuring four holdovers from their Stanley Cup championship teams in 2011-2012 and 2013-14 and some talented youngsters, the Kings have won three straight games and moved into third place in the Pacific Division.They will look to extend the streak when they travel to Seattle to face the expansion Kraken for the first time Saturday night.The Kings defeated visiting Pittsburgh 6-2 Thursday to cap a seven-game homestand in which they went 5-2-0.Los Angeles scored three goals in a span of 1:23 early in the third period after the Penguins had tied the score at 2-2."Momentum is real. It's a big part of hockey, a big part of sports," said Kings rookie defenseman Sean Durzi, who had a goal and two assists. "I think after they scored, the response on the bench was really good. A lot of guys just talking it through, saying ‘Let's bounce back.' "Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar had two goals and an assist and Dustin Brown tallied his 700th NHL point on his sixth goal of the season, later adding an assist. Goaltender Jonathan Quick made 27 saves.Kopitar, Brown, Quick and defenseman Drew Doughty are the Kings players with championship rings and their names on the Stanley Cup.Samuel Fagemo, who made his NHL debut Thursday, called the experience of playing with that quartet -- and against the likes of the Penguins' Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin -- "special for sure.""I think I've watched those guys since I was 4 or 5 five years old, so I was just so happy," Fagemo said. "It was awesome being able to sit and watch those guys from the bench."Kings coach Todd McLellan said he's excited about his team's prospects."Young and old, we talk about that so much here. The kids coming in need to look up and see it done the right way. And our older players, the ones that are still here, do it the right way most of the time and they deserve a lot of credit for providing guidance," McLellan said. "If you've had a big brother or sister at home that took care of you and showed you the way, it's a lot easier than walking around aimlessly and we get that from our upper-end group.
Three-goal explosion sends Kings past Penguins
Mikey Anderson, Viktor Arvidsson and Anze Kopitar scored 1:23 apart in the third period to help the Los Angeles Kings earn a 6-2 win over the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night.Kopitar finished with two goals and an assist, Sean Durzi had a goal and two assists, Dustin Brown had a goal and assist, and Jonathan Quick made 27 saves for the Kings, who have won five of six. Alex Iafallo and Trevor Moore added two assists apiece.Kris Letang and Radim Zohorna scored while Tristan Jarry made 39 saves for the Penguins, who had won 11 of 12.Zohorna tied the score 2-2 at 1:37 of the third period, appearing to give the Penguins momentum, but the Kings answered by scoring on three consecutive shots.Anderson netted his first of the season on a slap shot for a 3-2 lead at 3:07.Arvidsson scored 10 seconds later off a two-on-one rush to make it 4-2.Kopitar then made it 5-2 when he scored off a feed from Iafallo at 4:30.Jarry was still in net when Durzi made it 6-2 with 1:40 left.
Confident Kings set to host Evgeni Malkin, Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin was superb in his return to competition after six-and-a-half months away. The Los Angeles Kings will find out how well the 35-year-old can bounce back.The Kings are scheduled to host Pittsburgh on Thursday night in and they'll need to find an answer for Malkin, who had two goals and an assist in a 4-1 win at the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday, his first game since undergoing knee surgery in June."It was a long process for me. This was the longest break in my life," Malkin said. "I feel so at ease right now."Malkin is a seven-time All Star and three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Penguins. His value to the team goes beyond goals and assists, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said."He makes us so much harder to play against," Sullivan said. "He's such a threat offensively, he commands the puck every time he's on the ice."The Kings are feeling confident after knocking off the visiting New York Rangers 3-1 on Monday for their fourth win in the past five games."When we're playing well and we're playing fast, we connect the dots," Kings coach Todd McLellan said. "When we're not, it's ragged and we chase pucks all over the place."One of the most dependable players for Los Angeles of late has been fourth-year forward Trevor Moore.The undrafted 26-year-old from nearby Thousand Oaks, Calif., has two goals and five assists in four games this month. He set career highs last season with 10 goals and 13 assists while playing all 56 games."We have some responsibility for his lack of production, the coaching staff, because we played him everywhere," McLellan said. "He was a center, he was a left wing, he was a right wing, he was on the top line, he was on the fourth line."
Kings warm up in second period, knock off Rangers
Cal Petersen made 22 saves and the Los Angeles Kings won for the fourth time in five games by beating the visiting New York Rangers 3-1 on Monday night.Phillip Danault, Blake Lizotte and Adrian Kempe scored, and Trevor Moore had two assists for the Kings.Mika Zibanejad scored, and Alexandar Georgiev made 36 saves for the Rangers, who had won four of their previous five.After a scoreless first period, the Kings tallied twice in the first four minutes of the second.Moore tipped away a side-to-side pass from K'Andre Miller in the neutral zone, allowing him to slip between Miller and Jacob Trouba and get off a backhand shot from in close.Georgiev made the save, but Danault came in behind the play and chipped the puck high in the net for a 1-0 lead 55 seconds into the period.Moore set up the second goal as well, driving down the right side and backhanding the puck toward the net. Georgiev bobbled the save and Lizotte came in and swung and missed at the bouncing puck, but kicked it back in front and scored for a 2-0 lead at 3:41.
Kings dominant in 4-0 shutout over Red Wings
Cal Petersen earned his first shutout of the season as the host Los Angeles Kings rode a dominant first period to a 4-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.En route to his second career shutout, Petersen made 21 saves, his biggest a third-period glove stop on Pius Suter during a breakaway chance.Phillip Danault, Drew Doughty, Adrian Kempe and Trevor Moore each scored, and Dustin Brown collected a pair of assists for the Kings, who have won three of four games.Alex Nedeljkovic stopped 38 shots for the Red Wings, who have lost three of four games and seven of their last 10 after a five-game winning streak.The Kings outclassed the Red Wings from the drop of the puck and were finally rewarded when Danault notched his sixth goal of the season. Danault was on the spot for the rebound to finish a flurry at the 6:27 mark. Shots on goal at that point were 12-0 for the Kings.The wave continued and Doughty doubled the lead at 9:06 of the first period. While the Kings were controlling play, the defenseman was fed a pass at the right point and he rifled a shot through the screen for his fourth goal of the season.
Resilient Rangers relish shot to topple Kings
While the New York Rangers await the return of their leading point scorer the past two seasons, Artemi Panarin, they have not lost any steam.The Rangers have won four of their past five heading into Monday's road game against the Los Angeles Kings.New York hasn't had Panarin in the lineup the past four games, and he was still trying to clear the NHL's COVID-19 protocol as of Sunday.Other players have stepped up on the offensive end, however.Ryan Lindgren produced the first-multi goal game of his NHL career when he scored twice in a 4-1 win at the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night, doubling his goal total on the season.Jarred Tinordi scored the go-ahead goal in the win over Anaheim, his first of the season and just the second goal in 108 NHL games."I guess it's a little extra special when guys who don't score often, do a good job defensively and may not get so much credit on offense, they get to score," said Mika Zibanejad, who scored the other goal for the Rangers on Saturday. "That's fun, especially when they're important goals."The Kings are feeling confident as well after beating the Detroit Red Wings 4-0 on Saturday night in Los Angeles for their third win in the past four games."We're building a good thing right now," said Phillip Danault, who has four points for Los Angeles in the past three games (two goals, two assists). "We've just got to bring it every game."The Kings came out blazing against the Red Wings, taking 27 shots on goal in the first period to tie the franchise record for the most in a period.Kings coach Todd McLellan didn't give the team the day off after its one-sided win against Detroit. Instead, he hoped to clean up some of the smaller mistakes that Los Angeles won't get away with against the Rangers.