Hurricanes escape 3-goal hole, stun Kings in OT
Sebastian Aho scored on a power play with 53.8 seconds left in overtime as the Carolina Hurricanes completed a rally from three goals down to defeat the Los Angeles Kings 5-4 on Tuesday night in Raleigh, N.C.Brent Burns opened the scoring for Carolina with the game's only first-period goal. Paul Stastny and Jordan Staal scored in the first 10 minutes of the third, and Teuvo Teravianen tied it with 7:29 remaining.Andrei Svechnikov had two assists and Burns also finished with two points for the Hurricanes. Carolina goalie Frederik Andersen made 17 saves.The Hurricanes earned their sixth straight win while extending their points streak to nine games (8-0-1).The Kings scored four goals in the second period to appear to take control, but they wrapped up January with a 7-5-1 record.Adrian Kempe scored Los Angeles' first and third goals. Anze Kopitar added a goal and two assists, Kevin Fiala also scored and Drew Doughty logged two assists. Pheonix Copley stopped 25 shots.The Kings, who won't play again until after the All-Star break, finished their six-game road trip with a 3-2-1 record.Burns skated in from the right side and put the puck past Copley at 11:27 of the first period.Kempe's first goal of the game came 1:51 into the second period. He was there for a backdoor tap in off Kopitar's pass.
Hurricanes soaring as test from Kings awaits
The Carolina Hurricanes have drawn from various sources on their latest winning streak, with nothing more impressive than Sebastian Aho's scoring burst and the contributions from a number of goalies.The Hurricanes' latest chance to unveil their winning formula will come Tuesday when they wrap up a three-game homestand against the visiting Los Angeles Kings in Raleigh, N.C.Aho has scored a goal in four consecutive games, racking up seven total goals during that stretch."He's emerging, I think, this whole year," Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "He's playing at a high level, that's for sure."Aho and Martin Necas share the team lead with 21 goals apiece, two more than All-Star selection Andrei Svechnikov. Those three players all had one goal in the first meeting this season with Los Angeles, a 4-2 Hurricanes road victory on Dec. 3.The Hurricanes are coming off Sunday's 4-1 victory against the Boston Bruins in a matchup of the teams with the best records in the NHL."All our guys played great," Brind'Amour said of the victory over the Bruins, who sit atop the NHL with 81 points. "We deserved that one."Carolina has won five games in a row, owns an eight-game points streak and now has a convincing victory over the Bruins to keep them confident for the road ahead."It's always a good barometer to see how you stack up against them," Carolina defenseman Brent Burns said.Through just 49 games, Carolina already has become the 14th team in NHL history to have three goalies with double-digit victories.Frederik Andersen, who has missed chunks of time with injuries, became the latest to reach that mark against Boston. Andersen's record is 10-3-0, while Antti Raanta is 12-2-3 and Pyotr Kochetkov is 10-4-5.
Lightning dump Kings for franchise record 12th home win in row
Brayden Point netted his team-leading 29th goal, rookie Nick Perbix had a career-high three assists, and the Tampa Bay Lightning set a franchise record with their 12th consecutive home win, topping the Los Angeles Kings 5-2 on Saturday night.By sweeping their three-game homestand and moving to 20-4-1 at home, the Lightning broke the record of 11 wins in a row from Dec. 23, 2019, to Feb. 15, 2020. They also split the season series with the Kings.Tampa Bay's Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Corey Perry, Ross Colton and Victor Hedman potted even-strength markers. Steven Stamkos stretched his point streak to 11 games with a helper. Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (23-12-1) made 26 saves.Winners of eight of their past 10 games, the Lightning finished January at 9-4-0 and are 16-6-0 against the Western Conference.Jaret Anderson-Dolan and Phillip Danault scored goals for Los Angeles. Forward Rasmus Kupari played in his 100th career game, and Jonathan Quick stopped 20 shots.The Kings fell to 2-2-3 in the second game of a back-to-back set.In their final game before the All-Star break, the Lightning took advantage of a sloppy pass by the Kings' Sean Walker to grab a 1-0 lead at 5:02 of the first.The defenseman's pass behind Quick's net hit the wall and struck the cage -- leaving it behind the net. Kucherov retrieved it and fed Point, who jammed it in.
Facing Kings, Lightning eye club-record home win streak
After Thursday night's massive win by the Tampa Bay Lightning, they could make history Saturday evening with a 12th consecutive home win when they face the Los Angeles Kings in their final game before the All-Star break.Tampa Bay tied the franchise mark of 11 straight victories set during the 2019-20 season from Dec. 23 to Feb. 15 in a tough 3-2 win over the Atlantic Division-leading Boston Bruins, who own the NHL's best record by 10 points over the Carolina Hurricanes.The win pushed the Lightning to 19-4-1 on their sheet of ice, and they improved to 19-0-0 when they were leading after one period.In dealing Boston only its sixth regulation loss in 48 games, Tampa Bay beat the Bruins for the first time in three matchups and handed them just their second loss when tied going into the third period (9-2-0).Following wins over Boston and the Minnesota Wild to start the three-game homestand, Cooper said his team is meeting the task at hand."This totally is a big test for us, and these are all playoff-caliber teams," said Cooper, whose group has 89 wins since the 2019-2020 campaign, tops in the league. "They're big, heavy, skilled, so yeah, it's a test. So far we're doing pretty darn well on the test."I don't want to say this because we've won both the games, but for the most part, (it's about) how we've played. It hasn't been a fire drill or anything like that. We've played some pretty sound, structured hockey, and we're getting contributions from all four lines, all six D and the goalie's playing well. ... We're getting rewarded for it."Steven Stamkos' assist Thursday gave the captain a second 10-game point streak this season. The Tampa Bay captain became just the second player to do so, joining Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid (three times).Los Angeles defeated the reigning Eastern Conference champions 4-2 at home on Oct. 25 - the Kings' only win in an 11-game stretch (1-7-3) that goes back six years.
Kings' special teams prove vital in win over Panthers
Adrian Kempe and Viktor Arvidsson scored short-handed goals, leading the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers on Friday night in Sunrise, Fla.Entering Friday, Los Angeles had just two short-handed goals in its previous 50 games this season.Florida, which entered the game with the best power play in the NHL since Jan. 1, went 0-for-5 with the man advantage.The Kings, who have won three straight games - all on the road -- also got goals from Anze Kopitar and Matt Roy (empty-netter).Kings goalie Pheonix Copley, the 31-year-old long-time minor leaguer from the North Pole in Alaska, made a career-high 44 saves to earn the win. He is having a career year at 15-3-0.The Panthers, who have lost three straight, got goals from Ryan Lomberg, Brandon Montour and Carter Verhaeghe. Montour extended his point streak to eight games, the longest run by a defenseman in Panthers history.But Panthers center and captain Aleksander Barkov, named to the All-Star Game earlier in the day, had his nine-game points streak snapped.Panthers third-string goalie Alex Lyon, who made 30 saves, suffered his third straight loss.Florida got two forwards off the injured list as Eric Staal had missed three straight games and Bennett had missed one. Staal had one assist on Friday.Los Angeles opened the scoring with 13:25 elapsed in the first period as Quinton Byfield centered the puck to Kopitar, whose backhander got past Barkov and Lyon.
Improving Panthers host Kings in tough test
The Florida Panthers, who are getting noteworthy performances from Brandon Montour, Carter Verhaeghe and Matthew Tkachuk, host the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night in Sunrise, Fla.Although Florida has lost its past two games, the Panthers are 7-3-2 since Jan. 3 -- a hopeful sign for a franchise that struggled through the first half of the season."We're a much (better) hockey team than we were a month ago," Panthers coach Paul Maurice said.Indeed, since Jan. 1, the Panthers have converted on 41.5 percent of their power-play chances, ranking No. 1 in the NHL during that span.One key is Montour, whose seven-game points streak is tied with Keith Yandle (2018-19) and MacKenzie Weegar (2020-21) for the longest in franchise history by a defenseman.Montour has already eclipsed his career high with 41 points (eight goals, 33 assists), eighth among NHL blueliners through Wednesday's action.Tkachuk ranks eighth in the NHL in scoring with 62 points, and Verhaeghe has a career-high 25 goals.Verhaeghe has six power-play goals this season. In his three previous NHL seasons -- totaling 173 games -- Verhaeghe had just two goals with the man advantage."I'm trying to shoot more," Verhaeghe said, "and I'm playing with great players."On the defensive side of the Panthers' ledger, it will be interesting to see which goalie gets the start. Due to injuries to Sergei Bobrovsky and Spencer Knight, Alex Lyon was recalled from the minors.Lyon has played in four consecutive games, and the Panthers are 2-1-1 in those contests. Yet, Lyon was burned in Tuesday's 7-6 overtime loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins.In those four games, Lyon has a 4.30 goals-against average.
Kevin Fiala lifts Kings over Flyers in OT
Kevin Fiala scored at 1:09 of overtime to lift the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-3 victory over the host Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.Fiala also had an assist, while Anze Kopitar scored two goals and Samuel Fagemo contributed one goal for the Kings.Kings goaltender Pheonix Copley made 28 saves.James van Riemsdyk had one goal and one assist for the Flyers, who dropped their third home game in a row.Wade Allison and Rasmus Ristolainen contributed one goal apiece.Ivan Provorov chipped in with two assists.Flyers goaltender Carter Hart stopped 34 shots.The Flyers went ahead 1-0 at 5:50 of the first period when van Riemsdyk received a crisp pass from Owen Tippett and sent the puck past Copley.The Kings soon earned a power play and scored four seconds in at 9:21 when Kopitar connected after Los Angeles had won a faceoff.It didn't take long for the Flyers to regain a 2-1 advantage as Allison skated in and scored on the second chance at 10:27.Kopitar's second goal, this one at 11:40, came when he capitalized on a pass from behind the goal from Quinton Byfield to equalize at 2-2. It was Kopitar's third multi-goal game of the season.
Flyers looking for more energy against Kings
After a much-needed day off, the Philadelphia Flyers play their final home game before the All-Star break on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Kings.The Flyers looked flat early in their last game against the Winnipeg Jets as they fell behind 3-0 before rallying for three goals in what was ultimately a 5-3 setback on Sunday.Kevin Hayes did provide a lift with two power-play goals in his 600th career game in the National Hockey League. Named to the All-Star team, Hayes now has 15 goals this season."Hockey is a weird game," Hayes said. "You get a chance you should've scored on, and you miss. A goal that's kind of a little unlikely goes in. You joke around in practice and warmups working on that stuff. Sometimes it happens in a game."The Flyers had won nine of 12 before losing to Winnipeg at home for the first time since October of 2011.After recent losses, the Flyers have tended to bounce back."We stuck with it and grinded out," Owen Tippett said. "Obviously, it's a lot of hockey here in the last week -- I think it was five in seven nights. So obviously just trying to keep the energy up and keep our feet moving."Head coach John Tortorella appeared to be frustrated as he was terse with reporters postgame and ended the session early.Still, the Flyers proved to be resilient and never wilted after trailing by three goals to one of the top teams in the league."I don't know if it was anything too serious. They just capitalized on their chances," Tippett said. "I thought we did some good things all night. Found a way to stay in it."Following a three-game losing skid, the Kings will now look for their second win in a row when they face the Flyers.
Jaret Anderson-Dolan scores twice to lift Kings over Blackhawks
Jaret Anderson-Dolan scored both goals for the visiting Los Angeles Kings in a 2-1 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday evening.Pheonix Copley bounced back after getting replaced in each of his past two starts and made 18 saves for the Kings, who avoided losing four in a row for the first time this season.Ian Mitchell scored his first goal of the season and Petr Mrazek made 25 saves for the Blackhawks, who were trying to win four in a row to match their longest winning streak of the season.Copley started 12-2-0 for the Kings after his recall from AHL affiliate Ontario on Dec. 1, but he gave up a combined six goals on 20 shots in his past two abbreviated appearances.In a 5-3 loss at the Nashville Predators on Saturday night, Copley surrendered two goals in the first 39 seconds before he was removed.Copley wasn't as busy early on against the Blackhawks. Chicago did not record a shot on goal until 4:24 remained in the first period.The Kings took 1-0 lead at 9:29 of the first.Anderson-Dolan made a stretch pass to spring Kevin Fiala on a breakaway. Mrazek made the save, but Anderson-Dolan came in behind and scored on the rebound.
Matt Duchene scores twice as Predators defeat Kings
Matt Duchene capped a two-goal performance by snapping a tie with 6:26 remaining in the third period, lifting the host Nashville Predators to a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.Nashville's Ryan Johansen and Mikael Granlund each recorded a goal and an assist and Cole Smith added his first career NHL goal. Captain Roman Josi notched three assists and Juuse Saros made 31 saves for the Predators, who avenged a 4-3 shootout loss to Los Angeles on Oct. 18.Los Angeles defenseman Sean Durzi collected a goal and an assist and Adrian Kempe and Quinton Byfield also tallied. Captain Anze Kopitar notched two assists for the Kings, who have lost three in a row after winning 10 of their previous 13 games.Jonathan Quick made 22 saves in relief of Pheonix Copley, who yielded two goals on three shots early in the first period.Johansen tipped home a shot in front to forge a 3-3 tie at 8:44 of the third period before Duchene regained the lead for Nashville just under five minutes later. Duchene skated up the right wing before accepting defenseman Alexandre Carrier's slick feed and wristing a shot past Quick for his 13th goal of the season.Smith provided insurance just over 2 1/2 minutes later with his first goal of the season.Nashville bolted out of the blocks in a hurry, scoring twice in the game's first 39 seconds to take a 2-0 lead.
Blackhawks, Kings hope for continued improved play from goalies
The Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks still hope to see consistent play from their goalies this season.Petr Mrazek is coming off his best performance of the season for the Blackhawks, and Jonathan Quick has been mostly solid in relief in his past two appearances for the Kings.The veteran goalies will try to build on those results and bring some stability back to the crease when Chicago hosts Los Angeles on Sunday evening.Mrazek stopped 37 of 38 shots in a 4-1 win at the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday for his second straight win.Those performances helped erase a dismal effort against the visiting Seattle Kraken on Jan. 14, when Mrazek stopped just one of five shots before getting replaced in an 8-5 loss."You just flush that (Seattle) game and move on," Mrazek said after his win against the Flyers. "That's how the league works. (There are) a lot of games in a short time, so sometimes you're going to have games like that, but you have to refocus and do it again another night."Quick is expected to make just his second start this month, but his third against the Blackhawks this season.He has replaced Pheonix Copley in the past two games, including Saturday night in a 5-3 loss at the Nashville Predators.Copley allowed two goals on three shots in the first 39 seconds before Quick was sent into the game. Copley blanked the Predators for the next two periods before they scored three times in the third."Get on the plane and rest," Kings coach Todd McLellan said after the game. "We'll have meetings (Sunday) like we always do. It's a shorter day, 6 p.m. game. The good thing about that is that (the Blackhawks) are playing the same type of schedule that we play, so there's not much of an advantage for either team."Quick had stopped all seven shots he faced in a 4-0 loss to the visiting Dallas Stars on Thursday, a good indication that the veteran goalie could be finding his form after having the worst first half of his 16-year NHL career.Quick, who turned 37 on Saturday, delivered two of his best performances of the season against the Blackhawks.
Predators looking for turnaround entering clash vs. Kings
The Nashville Predators will seek a more complete effort in a bid to turn around their recent fortunes when they open a four-game homestand against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.The Predators lost for the fourth time in six outings in a 5-2 setback at the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.Colton Sissons celebrated playing in his 500th NHL game by scoring on a breakaway to forge a 1-1 tie early in the second period. The bottom fell out from there for Nashville, which allowed four straight goals to bridge the second and third periods."A little bit more of everything," Sissons said of what the team needs heading into the homestand."We need more energy and our battle level has got to get up. Our execution has got to get up. All the finer details that allow you to win in this league slipped in that second period and it just wasn't good enough to win (on Thursday)."Predators coach John Hynes also wanted to turn the page following the setback in St. Louis."First period was OK," Hynes said. "They were a lot better the last 40 (minutes). ... I'm looking for a lot better showing (against the Kings) than we had tonight."Nashville could also use some production from its punchless power play. The Predators failed on all four opportunities with the man advantage on Thursday and are 1-for-25 over their last eight games.Nashville went 0-for-5 on the power play in its previous encounter with Los Angeles on Oct. 18. The Predators failed to hold a two-goal lead entering the third period in that game and dropped a 4-3 decision in a shootout.The Kings look to get back on track when they begin a six-game road trip on Saturday night.
Scott Wedgewood, Stars shut out Kings
Tyler Seguin had two goals and an assist for the visiting Dallas Stars in a 4-0 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.Scott Wedgewood made 34 saves for his first shutout of the season for the Stars, who were coming off a 5-3 loss at the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday in which they blew a 3-0 lead in the second period.On Thursday, Jason Robertson had a goal and an assist and Esa Lindell also scored for Dallas.Pheonix Copley made 13 saves on 17 shots before he was replaced by Jonathan Quick. He stopped all seven shots for the Kings, who have lost two in a row to finish 2-2-0 on their four-game homestand.Seguin gave Dallas a 1-0 lead at 6:54 of the first. The Stars won the puck back in the neutral zone and Seguin took possession just outside the Los Angeles zone. He crossed the blue line and took a wrist shot that trickled past Copley.He scored again unassisted at 17:20 of the first for a 2-0 lead.Kings defenseman Drew Doughty knocked the puck off Seguin's stick briefly, but he didn't take possession and Seguin scored on a wrist shot from the left circle.Lindell made it 3-0 at 18:44 of the first. Wyatt Johnston brought the puck into the Los Angeles zone and passed it to a trailing Lindell, who scored from just above the left circle.
Weary Stars at disadvantage vs. rested Kings
Los Angeles Kings coach Todd McLellan won't dare concede that his team will have an advantage against the visiting Dallas Stars on Thursday night, even though he will be coaching a much more rested team.The Kings had four days between games after losing 5-2 to the visiting New Jersey Devils on Saturday. They took the first two days off and practiced the next two.The Stars, on the other hand, will be playing for the second straight night and the third time in four days."Dallas is going to play three games in four nights, and sometimes that team that's coming in and playing back-to-back, they're ready to play," McLellan said. "They haven't even forgotten what it was like to play and we're trying to remember. That will be a challenge for us at the start."The Stars opened their three-game road trip with a 4-0 win against the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday, but then they blew a 3-0 lead against the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday and lost 5-3."Anybody can beat anybody," Dallas coach Peter DeBoer said before his return to San Jose, where he coached from 2015-16 to 2019-20.Both teams should have a clear memory from the last time they met.Dallas was riding a season-high, four-game winning streak when it traveled to Los Angeles on Jan. 3 and lost 3-2.The win for the Kings came in the midst of a difficult two-week stretch of games in which they beat the Golden Knights twice and also defeated the defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche and the Edmonton Oilers.The Kings were without forwards Trevor Moore (upper body) and Arthur Kaliyev (lower body) when they played Dallas earlier this month, and those two remain out.Los Angeles also lost right winger Carl Grundstrom to an undisclosed injury during practice on Tuesday, and he is expected to be out through the All-Star break in early February.
Devils notch fourth straight in win over Kings, 5-2
Ryan Graves had a goal and an assist for the visiting New Jersey Devils in a 5-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.Tomas Tatar, Erik Haula, Nikita Okhotiuk and Jesper Bratt also scored. Mackenzie Blackwood made 34 saves in his first appearance since Jan. 1 for the Devils, who have won four in a row to improve to 17-2-1 on the road this season.Jack Hughes had two assists to give him 54 points on the season (28 goals, 26 assists), the most through 43 games in Devils history.Kevin Fiala and Anze Kopitar scored, Drew Doughty had two assists, and Jonathan Quick made 23 saves for the Kings, who were also trying to win four in a row and match their longest win streak of the season.The Kings scored first for the ninth straight game when Fiala redirected a pass from Adrian Kempe while on a power play for a 1-0 lead at 6:32 of the first period.New Jersey was on a power play when Tatar put in a rebound to tie it 1-1 at 12:51 of the first.The Devils moved ahead 2-1 at 2:37 of the second. Haula brought the puck into the Los Angeles zone on a 2-on-1 and scored with a wrist shot on Quick's stick side.Los Angeles was on another power play when Kopitar tipped a slap shot off his body and across the goal line to tie it 2-2 at 6:48 of the second.
Devils, Kings carry 3-game winning streaks into matchup
The Los Angeles Kings haven't been at full strength up front since before Christmas, but they keep finding ways to make up ground in the standings.The Kings will try to match their season high with a fourth consecutive win when they host the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night.Los Angeles has been without center Trevor Moore (upper body) the past eight games and right winger Arthur Kaliyev (lower body) the past 10, but they still posted two wins against the Pacific Division-leading Vegas Golden Knights in that span.The Kings have also knocked off the defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche, the surging Boston Bruins and such Western Conference powers as the Edmonton Oilers, Dallas Stars and Calgary Flames in the past month.In their most recent game, a 4-3 win against the visiting San Jose Sharks on Wednesday, the Kings also were without left winger Viktor Arvidsson, who was ill."What I like about our team right now is the balance," Kings coach Todd McLellan said. "When (the injured/sick players) come back, we have internal competition up front and we have balance."After impressive wins over the host Golden Knights on Saturday (5-1) and the visiting Oilers on Monday (6-3), Los Angeles took a step back against the struggling Sharks but still managed to pull out another victory."When you're not playing your best, it's nice to find a way to win," McLellan said. "A couple of years ago, we wouldn't have won that game when we were not playing our best. We're probably down by two and maybe looking for some moral victories. Now, we can truly evaluate and admit when we're not the best and then try and fix it."The Devils won their third straight game on Friday night, blowing out the struggling Anaheim Ducks 6-2 to improve to 16-2-1 on the road this season.On Saturday, New Jersey will be seeking its first four-game winning streak since its franchise-record-tying, 13-game streak in November."We're definitely for real, and we've really been showing that on the road now," Devils forward Jesper Bratt said after scoring two goals against Anaheim. "We've got a fun game (Saturday)."Bratt, in his sixth season with New Jersey, said this season's team is a lot stronger from top to bottom.
Kings defeat Sharks 4-3, sweep season series
Quinton Byfield scored for the first time this season and added an assist as the Los Angeles Kings beat the visiting San Jose Sharks 4-3 on Wednesday night.The victory lifted Los Angeles to its first-ever season sweep in the series with San Jose. The Kings moved to 10-2-1 in their past 13 matches.Adrian Kempe, Gabriel Vilardi and Drew Doughty potted goals, and sizzling goaltender Pheonix Copley stopped 27 shots to improve to 10-1-0 in his past 11 starts.Timo Meier scored his 24th goal and had an assist, and Nick Bonino and Tomas Hertl hit the net for the Sharks. Netminder James Reimer made 33 saves as San Jose fell to 3-6-3 in the past 12 games.In the first period, Byfield swooped in from the left side and skated behind the San Jose net. He hooked a pass around to Kempe, who popped in his team-leading 18th tally at 5:59.Seeking his 200th career win, Reimer was under siege but held the deficit at 1-0 as the home side put 22 shots on goal.Eighty seconds into the second, the Sharks tied it on Copley's mistake. Erik Karlsson's snap shot from the left circle was gloved momentarily by the goalie then bounced in front of him. He tried to play it with his stick but weakly slid it toward Bonino, who backhanded his fifth goal.However, Byfield was back at it when he deflected Mikey Anderson's long shot in at 6:58. It was the former No. 2 overall draft pick's first tally in his 16th game.
Kings look to complete season sweep of Sharks
Prowess on the special teams and the lights-out play of forward Kevin Fiala have the Los Angeles Kings playing their best hockey of the season.Following a 6-3 thumping of the visiting Edmonton Oilers on Monday, the Kings will host the San Jose Sharks in the final of three meetings between the Pacific Division foes Wednesday.Against Connor McDavid and the Oilers, Los Angeles tallied on four of its seven man-advantage opportunities. When short-handed against the NHL's top power-play unit, the Kings killed off all six of Edmonton's chances.That performance helped pave the way to the Kings' ninth win in their past 12 games (9-2-1) and first regular-season victory over the Oilers on home ice since Nov. 21, 2019.An 85-point producer last season for the Minnesota Wild (33 goals, 52 assists), the 26-year-old Fiala recorded his first multigoal game with the Kings and second career hat trick in Saturday's 5-1 win at Vegas.The left winger followed that up Tuesday with two goals and two assists -- the helpers both going to Adrian Kempe on power-play markers -- to move his point total to 46 (15 goals, 31 assists) in 44 matches.Through Monday's games, Fiala was tied with Winnipeg Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey for fifth in the NHL in dishing out primary assists."His engine is really good, he can play lots of minutes, he's dangerous and he can play up and down the lineup," said Kings coach Todd McLellan. "His game transfers with him wherever he goes. He can play with big players, small players, quick, crafty players, straight-line players. It's rare to find a player like that."Top-line center Anze Kopitar had a historic outing and another is looming. He recorded his 1,100th career point and 600th at home by assisting on Fiala's first power-play goal. Kopitar also has 199 career goals on home ice.
Kings use lethal power play to take down Oilers
Kevin Fiala scored twice as part of a four-point game and Adrian Kempe netted two goals and tallied an assist as the host Los Angeles Kings scored four times on the power play en route to a 6-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Monday.Viktor Arvidsson collected one goal and one assist, while Alex Iafallo scored once, Drew Doughty collected two assists and goaltender Pheonix Copley made 28 saves for the Kings, who have won three of four games and are on a 9-2-1 roll.Kailer Yamamoto, Ryan McLeod and Connor McDavid replied for the Oilers, who are in a 1-3-1 skid. Starting goalie Stuart Skinner surrendered three goals on 24 shots before being pulled early in the second period. Jack Campbell stopped 11 shots and was tagged with the loss.Fiala, coming off Saturday's hat-trick performance against the Vegas Golden Knights, opened the scoring on the power play with a one-timer set up by Kempe at the 9:21 mark of the first period.Captain Anze Kopitar collected an assist on the goal for his 1,100th career point.Fiala's second marker of the game, another power-play goal, came just 110 seconds later. After creating a turnover, he gained puck possession, headed to the net and lifted a shot for his 15th goal of the season.Yamamoto put the visitors on the board late in the opening frame with a deflection tally for his fourth goal of the season, but Kempe scored two more power-play goals.Fiala sprung Kempe on a breakaway, and Kempe whipped a wrist shot through the five-hole at 3:51 of the second period.
Kings aim to sustain run in clash with Oilers
Regular-season victories are all worth the same in the standings, but some are worth more mentally than others.As the Los Angeles Kings prepare to host the Edmonton Oilers on Monday, it follows Saturday's impressive 5-1 victory over the Western Conference-leading Vegas Golden Knights."They're a good team and it's a game in our division, so those are big games for us," Kings goaltender Pheonix Copley said. "We've been playing really well defensively and cleaning up stuff, keeping things to the outside and we did that again. It's huge for us."The Kings are on an 8-2-1 run and finished a difficult three-game stretch. Prior to beating Vegas, Los Angeles defeated the Central Division-leading Dallas Stars and lost to the league-leading Boston Bruins. Two wins in three games against those powers is no small feat."We played well in all of them," coach Todd McLellan said. "Unfortunately, the Boston game got away on us a little bit, but it didn't diminish the effort. We made a few mistakes and they capitalized. (Against Vegas) we were on the other side of that."Helping the cause is not only the play of Copley -- the goalie who started this season third on the depth chart is now No. 1 and won 10 of his 12 starts -- but also a much improved offensive attack.Kevin Fiala collected his first hat trick of the season against Vegas and is settling in on a line with Gabe Vilardi and Blake Lizotte."It's a good sign," McLellan said of the team's chemistry starting to gel. "Kevin was snakebit for a while and he's off that now. Hopefully things will start going in for him a little more regularly."The Oilers are kicking off a four-game road trip through California before ending in Las Vegas. They are coming off Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Colorado Avalanche, the first meeting since the Avalanche swept Edmonton in last season's Western Conference Finals.