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Kings Earn 1000th Franchise Win in an 8-2 Victory Over Edmonton
LOS ANGELES (AP) - After losing six consecutive games, the Los Angeles Kings finally reached 1,000 regular-season victories. And they did it against one of their favorite foils.
Edmonton goalie Bill Ranford labored through one of the worst games of his 15-year career Thursday night as the Kings routed the Oilers, 8-2. Luc Robitaille led the onslaught with a goal and four assists, and the Kings scored four times on the power play.
"This was a big win for us," Robitaille said after the Kings improved their record against Ranford to 19-11-12.
"We needed to come out of this losing streak in order to believe in ourselves and what we have as a team. We played with a lot of grit and everything came together. Our power play worked real well, and that's why we won."
Rob Blake scored two power-play goals two minutes apart during a four-goal second period, Jere Karalahti scored his first two NHL goals 2 1/2 minutes apart late in the third, and Ziggy Palffy had a goal and two assists.
Jaroslav Modry added a power-play goal, and Bryan Smolinski also scored for the Kings, who became the last of the five remaining teams from the 1967-68 expansion to win 1,000 regular-season games. The eight-goal barrage was the largest by the Kings since Nov. 11, 1997, when they beat Vancouver, 8-2, at the Forum.
Pat Falloon and Bill Guerin scored for the frustrated Oilers, who combined with the Kings for 160 minutes in penalties after going more than nine minutes before getting their first shot on net and spotting Los Angeles a 5-0 lead through the first 28 minutes.
"Because they got up the way they did, we never played our game at all," Oilers coach Kevin Lowe said. "I mean, they could have had their farm team out there and they'd still beat us."
The game was still scoreless when Ranford skated about 45 feet from his net to clear the puck away from an oncoming Steve McKenna late in the first period. But Ranford accidentally lifted it over the glass, and the Kings capitalized on the ensuing power play against a penalty-killing unit that had been scored on only once in 32 short-handed situations over its previous eight games.
"We had been doing a good job of killing penalties, and that goal gave them a little momentum," Lowe said. "From that point on, it seemed like everyone on our team was trying to be the guy that turned things around, and we got totally disjointed."
Modry, playing in his fifth straight game after being benched in all but four of the Kings' first 32 contests, scored his first NHL goal since Feb. 22, 1997, just 18 seconds after Alexander Selivanov went to the box to serve Ranford's penalty.
FIRST PERIOD - SCORING: 1, Los Angeles, Modry 1 (Robitaille, Palffy), 18:37 (pp). PENALTIES: Poti, Edm (slashing), :38; Moreau, Edm (roughing), :38; Tuomainen, LA (roughing), :38; Laflamme, Edm (boarding), 1:41; Modry, LA (interference), 5:47; McKenna, LA, major (fighting), 5:47; Laraque, Edm, major (fighting), 5:47; Berg, LA (hooking), 8:44; Bylsma, LA (tripping), 11:13; Selivanov, Edm (high-sticking), 13:19; Ranford, Edm, served by Selivanov (delay of game), 18:19.
SECOND PERIOD - SCORING: 2, Los Angeles, Robitaille 15 (Norstrom, Murray), :58. 3, Los Angeles, R.Blake 12 (Palffy, Robitaille), 5:14 (pp). 4, Los Angeles, R.Blake 13 (Stumpel, Robitaille), 7:14 (pp). 5, Los Angeles, Palffy 14 (Stumpel), 11:32. 6, Edmonton, Falloon 3 (Hamrlik, Weight), 13:18 (pp). PENALTIES: Laperriere, LA (charging), 2:03, Selivanov, Edm (interference), 4:14; Kilger, Edm (roughing), 4:14; Norstrom La (roughing), 4:14; Edmonton bench, served by Falloon (too many men), 6:20; Moreau, Edm, major (fighting), 8:12; Laperriere, LA, major (fighting), 8:12; Palffy, LA (elbowing), 8:41; Modry, LA (holding), 12:04; Grier, Edm, major (fighting), 17:37; Bylsma, LA, double minor-major-misconduct (instigator, unsportsmanlike conduct, fighting), 17:37; Marchant, Edm (roughing), 20;00; Norstrom, LA (roughing), 20:00.
THIRD PERIOD - SCORING: 7, Los Angeles, Smolinski 10 (Murray, Robitaille), 3:07. 8, Edmonton, Guerin 10 (Weight), 9:49. 9, Los Angeles, Karalahti 1 (Kaberle), 15:05 (pp). 10, Los Angeles, Karalahti 2 (Tsyplakov, McKenna), 17:40. PENALTIES: Weight, Edm (slashing), 4:09; Brown, Edm (cross-checking), 13:15; Smith, Edm (slashing), 14:13; Brown, Edm, misconduct-game misconduct, 14:13; Tuomainen, LA (holding), 15:16; Hamrlik, Edm (high-sticking), 18:59; Guerin, Edm, major-game misconduct (fighting), 18:59; Grier, Edm, major-game misconduct (fighting), 18:59; McKenna, LA, double major-game misconduct (spearing, fighting), 18:59.
POWER PLAY: Edmonton 1 of 9; Los Angeles 4 of 10.
GOALIES: Edmonton, Ranford 2-5-3 (32 shots-24 saves). Los Angeles, Fiset 8-8-3 (22-20).
Referees: Shane Heyer, Bill McCreary. Linesmen: Wayne Bonney, Troy Sartison.
A: 18,118 (18,118).
DENVER (AP) - Brian Rolston is making himself right at home with the Colorado Avalanche. After being acquired for popular Claude Lemieux, Rolston only received a lukewarm reception from Avalanche fans. Wednesday night, Rolston scored and played a strong defensive game to lead Colorado to a 4-2 victory over Los Angeles, sending the Kings to their sixth-consecutive loss.
"Brian knows his responsibilities defensively and also is generating some nice scoring chances," Colorado coach Bob Hartley said. "Rolston is clicking well with Stephane Yelle and Shjon Podein on our checking line."
Alexei Gusarov, Sandis Ozolinsh and Adam Deadmarsh added goals and Joe Sakic and Peter Forsberg had two assists each as the Avalanche beat the Kings for the first time in three games this season.
"I'm feeling real comfortable with Shjon and Stephane," said Rolston, who got his fifth goal since being acquired on Nov. 3 from New Jersey. "Bob (Hartley) has also been using me more on the penalty kill and when you get more responsibility as a person, it makes you want to play better."
Patrick Roy stopped 28 shots to end a personal three-game losing streak. Gusarov scored only his 37th career goal in 538 games and his first since Apr. 11.
Luc Robitaille scored twice for Los Angeles, which last won on Dec. 11. Jere Karalahti and Zigmund Palffy had two assists as the Kings lost again while trying to gain the franchise's 1,000th victory.
"We played hard," Los Angeles coach Andy Murray said. "We just didn't deliver in key situations."
Colorado led 2-1 after one period on goals by Rolston and Gusarov, both deflections off Kings defenseman Rob Blake. Rolston's wrist shot from the right circle popped off Blake's leg and under the stick of Fiset at 4:54.
Eric Messier fed Gusarov at the right point, and the defensemen bounced a slap shot off Blake's skate and past Fiset at 12:29.
Los Angeles missed on two scoring chances before Robitaille sent a back-hander over Roy's right shoulder at 13:52 with the Kings on the power play.
With Colorado on the power play, Ozolinsh extended the Avalanche lead to 3-1 at 2:20 of the second with his 10th goal. Ozolinsh fired a one-timer past Fiset from the left circle.
Robitaille scored his second goal at 15:31 of the third when he tipped in a shot from the right point by Karalahti. Deadmarsh sealed the game for Colorado, converting a pass from Sakic with 1:01 left.
FIRST PERIOD - SCORING: 1, Colorado, Rolston 9 (Yelle), 4:54. 2, Colorado, Gusarov 1 (Messier, Drury), 12:29. 3, Los Angeles, Robitaille 13 (Karalahpi, Palffy), 13:52 (pp). PENALTIES: Robitaille, LA (ob.-holding stick), 5:22; Drury, Col (interference), 9:04; Sakic, Col (slashing), 12:44; Foote, Col (slashing), 16:16; Blake, LA (holding), 18:47.
SECOND PERIOD - SCORING: 4, Colorado, Ozolinsh 10 (Forsberg), 2:20 (pp). PENALTIES: Karalahpi, LA (kneeing), 2:01; Foote, Col (tripping), 2:46; Forsberg, Col, double minor (roughing, high-sticking), 6:40; Murray, LA (tripping), 8:19; Foote, Col (interference), 12:15; Modry, LA (ob.-holding), 14:51.
THIRD PERIOD - SCORING: 5, Los Angeles, Robitaille 14 ( Karalahti, Palffy), 15:31. 6, Colorado, Deadmarsh 8 (Sakic, Forsberg), 18:59. PENALTIES: McKenna, LA, major (fighting), 9:50; Dingman, Col, major (fighting), 9:50; Odgers, Col (roughing), 9:50.
POWER PLAY: Los Angeles 1 of 8; Colorado 1 of 4.
GOALIES: Los Angeles, Fiset 7-8-3 (35 shots-31 saves). Colorado, Roy 13-13-2 (30-28).
Referees: Mick McGeough, Dan Von Massenhoven. Linesmen: Wayne Bonney, Dan Schachte.
A: 18,007 (18,007).
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jyrki Lumme set up the game-winning goal for the Phoenix Coyotes, after nearly handing the game to the Los Angeles Kings. After Phoenix goalie Bob Essensa saved Lumme on numerous defensive blunders, teammate Jeremy Roenick recorded his league-leading eighth game-winning goal at 3:18 of overtime for a 3-2 victory Sunday night.
Lumme got a pass from behind the net by Greg Adams and took a short wrist shot that popped high in the air after striking goalie Stephane Fiset. Roenick and Kings forward Bryan Smolinski both waved at the fluttering puck with their sticks and Smolinski's stick made contact with the puck above the crossbar before Roenick tapped it in for his 18th goal.
"I don't know who hit it, but I know it was one of their guys," Lumme said. "I saw two sticks."
Lumme committed two of his four giveaways in the final minute of regulation and in the third minute of overtime. Ian Laperriere of the Kings nearly scored his second goal of the game with 20.7 seconds left, but Essensa stopped his short wrist shot.
"It turned out all right at the end," Lumme said. "I got lucky, but you can't play that way over the long haul."
The Kings fell into the Pacific Division basement but only trail first-place Phoenix by six points.
"It's very disheartening," Kings coach Andy Murray said. "We felt our team has played very hard in the last two games, but we don't have a win to show for it. We haven't been able to score, and we've given up some unfortunate goals."
Travis Green scored two goals for the Coyotes, who completed a sweep of their three scheduled games this season at Staples Center. Phoenix was without second-leading scorer Keith Tkachuk, who couldn't finish the pregame warmup because of back spasms.
"We've been playing a little bit of up-and-down hockey, so it was nice to come in here and get the win," Green said after the Coyotes' sixth straight win at Los Angeles.
Luc Robitaille scored on his only shot with 12:06 left in the third to pull the Kings even. Robitaille took a cross-ice feed in the slot from Jozef Stumpel and beat Essensa to the stick side from 15 feet out. It was his 12th goal and second in 10 games since returning from a broken foot. Laperriere scored his fourth goal of the season and third against Phoenix.
The Kings failed for the fifth time to record the franchise's 1,000th regular-season victory.
SECOND PERIOD - SCORING: 3, Phoenix, Green 14 (Numminen, Ylonen), 10:18. PENALTIES: Doan, Pho, major (fighting), 2:40; Laperriere, LA, major (fighting), 2:40; Modry, LA (hooking), 5:17; Karalahti, LA (holding), 19:37.
THIRD PERIOD - SCORING: 4, Los Angeles, Robitaille 12 (Stumpel, Bylsma), 7:54. PENALTIES: O'Donnell, LA (roughing), 9:44; Adams, Pho (hooking), 14:44.
OVERTIME - SCORING: 5, Phoenix, Lumme 5 (Roenick, Adams), 3:18. PENALTIES: None.
GOALIES: Phoenix, Essensa 12-3-1 (37 shots-35 saves). Los Angeles, Fiset 7-7-3 (25-22).
Referees: Mike Leggo, Rob Shick. Linesmen: Wayne Bonney, Jay Sharrers.
A: 18,118 (18,118).
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Owen Nolan has become a leader by example for the San Jose Sharks. Nolan's power-play goal at 8:51 in the second period, assisted by Vincent Damphousse, was the difference in a 2-1 Sharks victory Wednesday night over Pacific-Division rival Los Angeles.
The goal was Nolan's 26th of the season and 12th on power plays -- both NHL highs. Nolan's 51 points are second in the league, just four behind Pittsburgh's Jaromir Jagr.
"My confidence is way up. That's for sure," Nolan said. "I've had the opportunity to score in every game. Right now it seems like the puck has a chance of going in every time I touch it."
Nolan has scored 29 points in 20 games and in 10 of 11.
"He's been playing great," Damphousse said of Nolan. "It's very difficult to be as consistent as he's been. It's tough to play at that level for almost 40 games."
Both teams entered the game with three-game losing streaks. Though the Kings lost, coach Andy Murray thought his team was getting back on track.
"We played really solidly tonight," Murray said. "We played the kind of game we need to play to be successful, we just didn't get rewarded. Both teams had great power-play chances, and the difference was that they scored on theirs."
San Jose broke a scoreless tie when Damphousse scored his 11th goal at 10:18 of the first period after taking a pass from Marco Sturm.
The Kings tied it with 1:03 remaining in the opening period when Bryan Smolinski scored his ninth goal. Glen Murray took a shot that bounced off the pads of San Jose goalie Steve Shields, and Smolinski, who has an eight-game point-scoring streak, knocked in the loose puck.
Shields made 32 saves, while Stephane Fiset stopped 19 for the Kings.
SECOND PERIOD - SCORING: 3, San Jose, Nolan 26 (Damphousse, Suter), 8:51 (pp). PENALTIES: Laperriere, LA (high sticking), 2:46; Matteau, SJ (tripping), 5:39; Tuomainen, LA (hooking), 8:11; Suter, SJ (ob.-holding), 14:04; Norstrom, LA (ob.-holding), 19:33.
THIRD PERIOD - SCORING: None. PENALTIES: Matteau, SJ (ob.-hooking), 9:29; Laperriere, LA (holding stick), 12:28.
GOALIES: Los Angeles, Fiset 7-6-3 (21 shots-19 saves). San Jose, Shields 13-11-3 (33-32).
Referees: Rob Shick, Brad Watson. Linesmen: Don Henderson, Baron Parker.
A: 17,483 (17,483).
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Chicago Blackhawks didn't dwell on the fact that the Los Angeles Kings had allowed 15 goals in their previous two games, or that goalie Stephane Fiset was making his first start in more than a month.
"I don't know how many guys were thinking about that," left wing Dean McAmmond said after Chicago's 8-4 victory Saturday night. "I think we were just focusing on what we had to do. Sure, they struggled in their last two games, but they're still professionals and they have a lot of pride. So we couldn't take them too lightly."
Jean Pierre Dumont had two goals for the Blackhawks, who ended a 10-game losing streak against the Kings after putting three of their first four shots behind Fiset. Doug Zmolek, Tony Amonte and Dumont connected during a 3:06 span to ignite the rout.
"In all honesty, the pucks just went in for us tonight," said Blackhawks coach Bob Pulford, whose 178 victories as Kings coach during the 1970s are still a club record. "I don't think LA played as bad as the eight goals indicated. We could just do no wrong."
Fiset beat the Blackhawks, 3-1, on Oct. 30 in Chicago for his last victory, but bruised his right hand 10 days later in pregame warm-ups and was sidelined for 14 games.
He was activated Tuesday and played the final two periods in each of the previous two games after Jamie Storr surrendered three goals to the New Jersey Devils and six to the New York Rangers.
Storr, whose head struck the crossbar during a collision with Montreal's Martin Rucinsky on Dec. 11, was placed on the injured list Friday because of post-concussion syndrome. That left Fiset as the only practical choice to end the Kings' worst defensive stretch of the season.
Dave Manson capped Chicago's four-goal first period with a power-play score, his first goal of the season. Sylvain Cote, Bryan McCabe and Steve Sullivan also had power-play goals for the Blackhawks, who were a season-best 4-for-7 with the man advantage after going 1-for-23 in their previous five games.
Craig Johnson scored twice and Bryan Smolinski and Ian Laperriere also had goals for the Kings, who have surrendered 13 first-period goals and 23 altogether during their three-game losing streak -- as many as they allowed in their previous 10 games combined.
"We hope to stop it by our next game," coach Andy Murray said. "Our approach at this point is that everything that could go wrong in a game went wrong for us. Our goaltending has not been at the level that we need to have it. But the bottom line is that the guys in this room care, and we're all bleeding in this together."
SECOND PERIOD - SCORING: 6, Chicago Cote 4 (Gilmour, Eriksson), 1:17 (pp). 7, Chicago, Dumont 7 (Sullivan, Mironov), 8:41. 8, Los Angeles, Johnson 4 (Laperriere, Tuomainen), 13:27. 9, Los Angeles, Laperriere 3, 17:48. PENALTIES: Olczyk, Chi (tripping), 5:13.
THIRD PERIOD - SCORING: 10, Chicago, Sullivan 5 (Nylander, McAmmond), 10:18 (pp). 11, Chicago, McCabe 3 (Cote, VandenBussche), 12:39 (pp). 12, Los Angeles, Johnson 5 (Tuomainen, Modry), 19:26 (pp). PENALTIES: McCabe, Chi (hooking), 1:44; Manson, Chi (roughing), 8:27; O'Donnell, LA (cross-checking), 8:27; Barrie, LA (roughing), 8:27; Palffy, LA (high-sticking), 10:50; VandenBussche, Chi (roughing), 15:05; McCabe, Chi, major (fighting), 16:09; Laperriere, LA, major (fighting), 16:09; Nylander, Chi (holding stick), 19:01.
GOALIES: Chicago, Thibault 4-11-3 (33 shots-29 saves). Los Angeles, Fiset 7-5-3 (15-21), Cousineau (8:41 second, 16-14).
Referees: Mike Leggo, Richard Trottier. Linesmen: Wayne Bonney, Mark Wheler.
A: 18,118 (18,118).
NEW YORK (AP) - With the New York Rangers on their best streak of the year, John Muckler was concerned about a one-week vacation. The Rangers returned from their break and eased their coach's fears quickly Wednesday night, scoring six goals in the first period and cruising to an 8-3 win over Los Angeles, the Kings second blowout loss in as many days.
"I was worried about our club," Muckler said after the Rangers improved their unbeaten streak to five games (4-0-1). "We had a six-day layoff and we practiced every second day. We had a lot of jump in the first period."
John MacLean had two goals and two assists and Todd Harvey scored twice in the first 20 minutes against the Kings, who lost at New Jersey on Tuesday 7-1.
"That was a good first period," Muckler said. "The best first period we've played all of the year."
Jamie Storr, who allowed three first-period goals during a 7-1 loss to the Devils, was replaced by Stephane Fiset to start the second period for the second straight night.
"Our goaltending has been very good all year -- not tonight," Los Angeles coach Andy Murray said. "It was as weak as our overall team play."
The Rangers grabbed the lead with 15:02 left when Harvey took a shot from the slot that hit off Storr's skate and trickled into the net. Harvey, in his 300th career game, broke a 17-game scoring drought. Nearly nine minutes passed, before the Rangers scored five goals in a 4:58 spurt.
Tim Taylor took a backhand pass from Alexandre Daigle and beat Storr between the legs at 13:45 for his sixth of the season. The advantage grew to 3-0 when Harvey took a pass from Kevin Stevens in the slot and scored his second of the game and third overall. With Rob Blake off, Daigle and Taylor worked the puck to MacLean who stuffed in a shot 2:23 later.
One minute after that, passes from Jan Hlavac and Petr Nedved, who returned from a groin injury, set up Mike Knuble, who scored on the backhand to make it 5-0. Theo Fleury closed the outburst 57 seconds later when he intercepted Jason Blake's clearing attempt and fired it in for his seventh goal.
New York made it 8-0 in the second on Mike York's ninth goal, on the power play at 1:45, and MacLean's third of the season from Taylor with 4:56 left in the period.
The Kings, who outshot the Rangers 48-31, scored all their goals in the third. Rob Blake scored 39 seconds in on the power play, Marko Tuomainen added a power-play goal at 6:54 and Ziggy Palffy scored eight seconds later.
SECOND PERIOD - SCORING: 7, New York, York 9 (Lefebvre, Fleury), 1:45 (pp). 8, New York, MacLean 3 (Taylor), 15:04. PENALTIES: Pilon, NY (interference), 2:03; Lefebvre, NY, double minor-major-misconduct (instigator, fighting), 19:22; Tuomainen, LA, double minor (slashing, roughing), 19:22.
THIRD PERIOD - SCORING: 9, Los Angeles, R.Blake 11 (Smolinski, Murray), :37 (pp). 10, Los Angeles, Tuomainen 6 (Johnson, O'Donnell), 6:54 (pp). 12, Los Angeles, Palffy 13 (Tsyplakov), 7:02. PENALTIES: Knuble, NY (cross-checking), 4:59; Robitaille, LA (cross-checking), 15:42; Johnson, NY (hooking), 18:18.
GOALIES: Los Angeles, Storr 8-5-3 (17 shots-11 saves), Fiset (0:00 second, 14-12). New York, Richter 7-11-4 (48-45).
Referee: Bill McCreary. Linesmen: Pat Dapuzzo, Jean Morin.
A: 18,200 (18,200).
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - After giving away their last game with a bad first period, the talk in the New Jersey Devils' locker room before playing the Los Angeles Kings was about being ready for the opening whistle. New Jersey was more than ready.
Claude Lemieux and Patrik Elias scored in a 48-second span early in the first period and Devils matched their season high for goals, beating the Kings 7-1 on Tuesday night.
"I don't know if we learned from the other game," Devils center Bobby Holik said. "We played better. We played the way we're supposed to play. I don't know if we learned. If you learn something, you have it for not just one game. Tonight we just played better."
John Madden and Jay Pandolfo also blitzed the Kings, scoring on a short-handed bouncer from the red line and on a breakaway, respectively, in a 49-second span in the second period.
Randy McKay, Jason Arnott and Sergei Nemchinov also tallied in the 36-shot assault against goaltenders Jamie Storr and Stephane Fiset.
"We played bad and they played really good," Fiset said. "We didn't do the things we've been doing to win games."
Donald Audette was the only King to beat Martin Brodeur, who stopped 34 shots in winning his 16th game and pushing the Devils record at home to 12-3-2.
The Kings came into the game with the NHL's best road record (now 9-5-3), but they made one mistake after another in their worst defensive game under new coach Andy Murray.
Lemieux stole a blind backhand pass from Bryan Smolinski at the right point and beat Storr from the right circle at 4:16. The Kings inability to get the puck out of their own zone helped Elias break a 12-game goal-scoring drought 48 seconds later with a shot also taken from the right circle.
"We had a bad start the other night and we didn't want to get off to a bad start again," Lemieux said. "We were able to get those two goals in the first five minutes and it gave us a lift for the rest of the game."
Los Angeles tried to get back in the game in the opening minutes of the second period, outshooting the Devils 9-3 and getting Audette's 11th goal on a 3-on-1 break. But Madden's shorthanded slapshot from the red line hit off Kings defenseman Rob Blake and got past Fiset, who replaced Storr at the start of the period. Pandolfo stripped Aki Berg at the Los Angeles blue line for a breakaway goal and 5-1 lead 49 seconds later.
SECOND PERIOD - SCORING: 4, Los Angeles, Audette 11 (Smolinski), 8:08. 5, New Jersey, Madden 3 (Stevens), 12:19 (sh). 6, New Jersey, Pandolfo 2, 13:08. 7, New Jersey, Arnott 8 (Sykora, Elias), 18:02 (pp). PENALTIES: Lemieux, NJ, (unsportsmanlike conduct), 4:34; Daneyko, NJ (holding), 10:57; Palffy, LA (slashing), 16:24; Rafalski, NJ (high-sticking), 18:14.
THIRD PERIOD - SCORING: 8, New Jersey, Nemchinov 4 (Lemieux, Gomez), 17:35. PENALTIES: New Jersey bench, served by Gomez (too many men), 10:56; Laperriere, LA, major (fighting), 13:07; Souray, NJ, major (fighting), 13:07.
GOALIES: Los Angeles, Storr 8-4-3 (14 shots-11 saves), Fiset (0:00 second, 22-18). New Jersey, Brodeur 16-7-3 (35-34).
Referee: Kerry Fraser. Linesmen: Kevin Collins, Anthony Sericolo.
A: 10,807 (19,040).
MONTREAL (AP) - Los Angeles Kings rookie Brad Chartrand dreamt about having a game like this. Chartrand scored twice as Los Angeles held off Montreal's third-period rally in a 4-2 win over the Canadiens on Saturday night.
"Any Canadian kid who saw Hockey Night in Canada growing up knows all about the Canadiens," said Chartrand, a Winnipeg native who signed with Los Angeles as a free agent on July 21. "It's a dream for me to play in this building, and I'm just overwhelmed to be able to score and provide a bit of a spark for my team tonight."
The Kings, 4-1-2-1 in their last eight games, took a 3-0 lead and chased Montreal goalie Jeff Hackett before the midway point of the second with goals by Brian Smolinski, Garry Galley and Chartrand.
Jim Cummins and Sergei Zholtok scored 76 seconds apart early in the third to get Montreal within one. But Los Angeles goalie Jamie Storr was strong the rest of the way as the Kings rebounded from a 3-1 loss in Detroit on Friday night.
Chartrand, who added his third goal of the season with 1:15 seconds left, had scored just once in his previous 29 games.
"I think my game's been improving as the season goes on," Chartrand said. "When you get to this level, the play is so good and the tempo is so high that you just have to try to make that adjustment, and learn from the veteran guys like Luc Robitaille who give a consistent effort, night in and night out."
Smolinski scored his seventh of the season on a power play with just under 10 seconds left in the first, and Galley made it 2-0 with another power-play goal 1:29 into the second. Chartrand's second of the season at 8:49 ended Hackett's evening as Jose Theodore came in.
Cummins made it 3-1 when he scored off a rebound of Karl Dykhuis' shot 1:34 into the third. Zholtok scored his eighth of the season at 2:50 to draw the Canadiens within 3-2.
"I thought we had them when we narrowed the score to 3-2," Zholtok said. "But this team still has a lot to learn. We are coming together. We play a lot of close games and we don't lose by big scores."
Martin Rucinsky missed on a penalty shot 5:51 into the game after he was hauled down from behind by Kings defenseman Mattias Norstrom on a breakaway.
"I should have scored on the penalty shot," Rucinsky said. "I looked up too soon. I should have kept my head down."
FIRST PERIOD - SCORING: 1, Los Angeles, Smolinski 7 (Galley, Murray) 19:50 (pp). PENALTIES: McKenna, LA, major (fighting), 2:38; Cummins, Mon, major (fighting), 2:38; Johnson, LA (ob.-hooking), 6:52; McKenna, LA, double minor (roughing), 10:49; Thornton, Mon, double minor (roughing), 10:49; Johnson, LA, double minor (roughing), 19:27; Ulanov, Mon, triple minor (double roughing, cross-checking), 19:27.
SECOND PERIOD - SCORING: 2, Los Angeles, Galley 4 (Smolinski, Audette), 3:26 (pp). 3, Los Angeles, Chartrand 2 (McKenna), 8:49. PENALTIES: Laperriere, LA, major (fighting), 2:35; Asham, Mon, major (fighting), 2:35; Norstrom, LA (tripping), 3:23; Barrie, LA (tripping), 19:09.
THIRD PERIOD - SCORING: 4, Montreal, Cummins 2 (Dykhuis, Darby), 1:34. 5, Montreal, Zholtok 8 (Zubrus, Ulanov), 2:50. 6, Los Angeles, Chartrand 3 (Galley, Murray), 18:45. PENALTIES: Cummins, Mon, minor-misconduct (interference), 5:36; Barrie, LA (holding stick), 10:14.
MISSED PENALTY SHOT: Montreal, Rucinsky, 5:51 first.
POWER PLAY: Los Angeles 2 of 3; Montreal 0 of 4.
GOALIES: Los Angeles, Storr 8-3-3 (27 shots-25 saves). Montreal, Hackett 6-12-2 (14-11), Theodore (8:49 second, 9-8).
Referee: Kevin Maguire. Linesmen: Greg Devorski, Francois Gagnon.
A: 19,250 (21,273).
DETROIT (AP) - Manny Legace says he had no hard feelings when he left the Los Angeles Kings after last season. But he admits it was special beating his former team Friday night.
Legace won his second straight start in the Detroit net and Steve Yzerman scored two goals as the Red Wings beat the Kings 3-1. Vyacheslav Kozlov also scored for the Red Wings, who have won four of their last five and six of eight.
Glen Murray had the lone goal for the Kings, who lost for the first time in their last five games (2-1-2).
Legace stopped 27 shots against his old teammates.
"It was nice to play against them," Legace said. "(Kings captain) Luc Robitaille skated by and said 'hello' (before the game). I left on good terms there. I'm a Detroit Red Wing now and glad."
Legace, who's listed as 5-foot-8, was 2-9-2 as a 25-year-old rookie with the Kings last season but left afterwards as a free agent.
"You think he's small and you shoot high and he keeps stopping everything with his glove," Robitaille said. "And you think he's small and you shoot in the corners low and his pad always seems to be there. He's one of those goalies where you have to keep on shooting and hope you get a break."
Detroit claimed Legace off waivers from Vancouver last month, and he was recalled from the minors on Dec. 2 when Ken Wregget struggled backing up regular Chris Osgood, who's out with a broken right hand.
"He looked confident and the team looked confident in front of him," Detroit coach Scotty Bowman said.
In his first Detroit start Wednesday, Legace gave up two first-period goals but eventually beat Nashville 6-3.
"I felt more comfortable tonight, a lot less nervous," Legace said. "And I had an easy first period."
The only shot that got past Legace was a power-play goal from Murray that gave the Kings a brief 1-1 tie 4:05 into the second period. Murray got control of a pass from Bryan Smolinski that went through his skates and fired a point-blank shot past Legace.
But Yzerman answered with his second goal just 47 seconds later to put Detroit ahead for good. His shot from the left circle deflected off the sticks of two Kings defensemen before passing Kings goalie Jamie Storr, who had 30 saves.
FIRST PERIOD - SCORING: 1, Detroit, Yzerman 12 (Lidstrom), 3:27. PENALTIES: Tsyplakov, LA (interference), 9:16.
SECOND PERIOD - SCORING: 2, Los Angeles, Murray 13 (Smolinski, Audette), 4:05 (pp). 3, Detroit, Yzerman 13 (Chelios), 4:52. PENALTIES: Tuomainen, LA (roughing), :45; Golubovsky, Det (ob.-hooking), 3:41; Tuomainen, LA (slashing), 5:14; Lapointe, Det (cross-checking), 5:14; Murphy, Det (holding), 7:41; Norstrom, LA (interference), 10:16; Lapointe, Det (ob.-hooking), 13:29; Murray, LA (roughing), 17:52; Murphy, Det (roughing), 17:52.
THIRD PERIOD - SCORING: 4, Detroit, Kozlov 7 (Lapointe, Duchesne), 16:49 (pp). PENALTIES: Rodgers, Det (high-sticking), 1:03; Murray, LA, minor-misconduct (slashing), 15:07. Lapointe, Det (slashing), 19:40.
POWER PLAY: Los Angeles 1 of 4; Detroit 1 of 4.
GOALIES: Los Angeles, Storr 7-3-3 (33 shots-30 saves). Detroit, Legace 2-0-0 (28-27).
Referee: Steven Walkom. Linesmen: Greg Devorski, Francois Gagnon.
A: 19,983 (19,983).
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Kings outclassed Atlanta from start to finish in their first-ever meeting because they didn't treat the Thrashers like an expansion team.
"We don't come out and look at our opponent as much as we do ourselves," Gary Galley said after Wednesday night's 4-0 victory. "We approach every game with the idea that we want to come out and play the way we have to play in order to win."
The Kings are 10-5-2 in their first game against the 17 franchises that entered the NHL after they did in 1967-68, and 4-2-1 against the expansion teams of the 1990s. Los Angeles had a 17-12-6 record against Atlanta's other NHL entry, before the Flames moved to Calgary for the 1980-81 season.
"We don't know much about their team because they're a first-year team. But we never want to say we're better than this team or we're better than that team," center Jason Blake said. "We're the type of team that can win on any given night if we go out and work hard. We have a lot of speed up front, and that's what we use to our advantage. So our key to the game was just to get on their defenseman when they have the puck, outwork them down low and hopefully create something."
Galley and Glen Murray scored less than three minutes apart in the second period and Jamie Storr breezed to his seventh career shutout with 21 saves.
"We know all their guys individually and we know they're all hard-working guys," Galley said. "So we had to match their work ethic and hope that our skill level will win the game for us tonight. And that's what happened."
Blake and Luc Robitaille also scored for the Kings, who recorded their first shutout since Stephane Fiset's 2-0 road victory on opening night against last season's expansion entry, the Nashville Predators. Fiset sat out his 12th consecutive game because of a deep bone bruise on his right hand. Storr started for the 11th time during Fiset's absence and has allowed only 20 goals during that span.
Thrashers right wing Shean Donovan, acquired earlier on Wednesday from Colorado in a trade for goaltender Rick Tabaracci, thought he had scored the first goal of the game. But it was negated by a penalty called simultaneously against teammate Andreas Karlsson for holding the stick of Mattias Norstrom.
"He's a young guy, and I would guess he hasn't played too many games with two referees working," Atlanta center Ray Ferraro said of his 23-year-old teammate. "And that is a penalty that two officials call. One official cannot make that call. We learn some things every once in a while, and I'm sure Andy learned something tonight."
FIRST PERIOD - SCORING: 1, Los Angeles, J.Blake 3 (Chartrand, McKenna), 12:04. PENALTIES: Karlsson, Atl (holding stick), 3:57; Tuomainen, LA (holding stick), 6:26; Harlock, Atl (high-sticking), 7:23; Galley, LA (hooking), 8:00; O'Donnell, LA (tripping) 16:23.
SECOND PERIOD - SCORING: 2, Los Angeles, Murray 12 (Audette), 2:39. 3, Los Angeles, Galley 3 (Murray, Smolinski), 5:32 (pp). PENALTIES: Ferraro, Atl (goalie interference), 4:12; Norstrom, LA (interference), 6:05; Tuomainen, LA (intereference), 14:07; Karlsson, Atl (holding), 14:36.
THIRD PERIOD - SCORING: 4, Los Angeles, Robitaille 11 (Kaberle), 16:36. PENALTIES: R.Blake, LA (slashing), 8:04; Smolinski, LA (hooking), 10:17.
POWER PLAY: Atlanta 0 of 7; Los Angeles 1 of 4.
GOALIES: Atlanta, Maracle 2-4-0 (41 shots-37 saves). Los Angeles, Storr 7-2-3 (21-21).
Referees: Bernard DeGrace, Terry Gregson. Linesmen: Lonnie Cameron, Randy Mitton.
A: 15,210 (18,118).
LOS ANGELES (AP) - All the verbal sniping the Tampa Bay bench directed at referee Lance Roberts during the first period might have had a delayed effect on his judgment in the third period.
Roberts let a lot of apparent penalties by both teams go unpunished during Saturday night's 3-3 tie between the Lightning and Los Angeles Kings, including interference by Rob Blake. But Roberts whistled the Kings captain for high-sticking with 4:01 left in regulation and Tampa Bay converted the ensuing power play into a goal by Chris Gratton that ignited their comeback.
"Rob's been such a great leader for us," Kings coach Andy Murray said. "Of course he'd prefer to have been on the ice at the end. But he's played hard for us all the time. So he wasn't the problem."
Gratton also set up the tying goal by Stan Drulia with 24 seconds remaining in regulation. Drulia had to sweat out a two-minute penalty in overtime for holding, before the Lightning could escape Staples Center with their hard-fought tie.
"It looked like the game was out of reach, but the guys never quit," Drulia said. "We weren't going to be denied tonight.
"Everyone paid the price, and I got the results. They took all the hits and all the bumps, and I got the goal. But you have to take advantage when you get the opportunities. The key was that we managed to keep control of the puck."
Todd Warriner also scored for Tampa Bay and Dan Cloutier made 34 saves, including point-blank glove stops on Luc Robitaille and Jason Blake less than 20 seconds apart in overtime.
But the tie was officially credited to backup goalie Kevin Hodson, who replaced Cloutier for only a few seconds after Gratton's goal and did not face a single shot. Hodson sprinted to the bench for an extra attacker in the final minute of the third period, and it paid off when Drulia lifted the puck over Jamie Storr during a goalmouth scramble. Cloutier played the rest of the game and made five saves for the Lightning during the five-minute overtime, the 100th in club history.
"When you're up 3-1 with four minutes left, you're supposed to win a game," said Murray, whose team is 11-0-2 when they take a lead into the third period. "It's not a matter of not playing hard or working or having pride. It was a matter of being smart."
Los Angeles' Glen Murray scored twice for the third time in five games and Vladimir Tsyplakov recorded his fifth goal in nine games.
FIRST PERIOD - SCORING: 1, Los Angels, Murray 10 (Smolinski, R.Blake), 4:46 (pp). 2, Los Angeles, Tsyplakov 5 (J.Blake, Robitaille), 10:10. PENALTIES: Simpson, TB (boarding), 3:13; Tampa bench, served by Modin (abuse of officials), 4:10; Tucker, TB, minor-major-misconduct (instigator, fighting), 6:29; Barry, LA, major (fighting), 6:29; Chartrand, LA (hooking), 11:22; Smolinski, LA (high-sticking), 18:24.
SECOND PERIOD - SCORING: 3, Tampa Bay, Warriner 4 (Kesa, Martins), 7:24. PENALTIES: Clymer, TB (roughing), :39; Smolinski, LA (roughing), :39; R.Blake, LA (unsportsmanlike conduct), :39; Martins, TB, major (fighting), 17:36; Audette, LA, major (fighting), 17:36.
THIRD PERIOD - SCORING: 4, Los Angeles, Murray 11, 15:23. 5, Tampa Bay, Gratton 7 (Modin, Lecavalier), 17:22 (pp). 6, Tampa Bay, Drulia 6 (Gratton, Sillinger), 19:36. PENALTIES: Blake, LA (high-sticking), 15:59.
OVERTIME - SCORING: None. PENALTIES: Kesa, TB (roughing), 2:57; Blake, LA (roughing), 2:57; Drulia, TB (holding), 3:12.
POWER PLAY: Tampa Bay 1 of 4; Los Angeles 1 of 4.
GOALEIS: Tampa Bay, Cloutier (32 shots-29 saves), Hodson 2-2-3 (17:22 third, 0-0), Cloutier (19:36 third, 5-5). Los Angeles, Storr 6-2-3 (31-28).
Referee: Lance Roberts. Linesmen: Swede Knox, Baron Parker.
A: 17,407 (18,118).
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - After Los Angeles and Anaheim scored less than two minutes apart in the first period, the goalies took over.
Craig Johnson scored for the Kings 13:46 into the game, Pavel Trnka countered with a Mighty Ducks goal less than two minutes later, and that ended the scoring Friday night as the teams skated to a 1-1 tie.
Anaheim outshot Los Angeles, 35-20, which Mighty Ducks coach Craig Hartsburg seemed to take as a sort of moral victory.
"It's the best we've dominated against a good team, not allowing a lot of scoring chances and at the same time, creating a lot more chances than they did," Hartsburg said.
"We had good chances, we just didn't finish."
The Kings' Jamie Storr and the Mighty Ducks' Guy Hebert each turned in a fine game in goal.
Although Hebert faced fewer shots, he made a number of good saves, including smothering the puck several times with heavy traffic in the crease.
In the overtime, Storr stopped five shots, including a mad scramble with 1:09 remaining when Anaheim's Teemu Selanne and Paul Kariya, among the NHL's leading scorers, got off close-range shots.
"Jamie Storr was outstanding," Kings coach Andy Murray said.
Murray wasn't disappointed with the tie.
"For us, it's a good point, and we know we can play better," he said.
The Kings failed to score on seven power-play opportunities, while the Mighty Ducks came up empty on four, including 29 seconds with a two-man advantage.
Los Angeles defenseman Rob Blake said, "You're not going to win very many games with 20 shots, and not taking advantage of that many power plays. They (the Mighty Ducks) were in the same position on the power play."
Johnson's goal, his third, came when Aki Berg fired a shot from the top of the left circle, and Johnson, parked in front of the goal, raised his stick and ticked the puck, redirecting it past Hebert.
Trnka, a defenseman, scored his second goal of the season on a slap shot from the left circle. Steve Rucchin set up the score, flipping the puck to Trnka from behind the goal line.
FIRST PERIOD - SCORING: 1, Los Angeles, Johnson 3 (Berg), 13:46. 2, Anaheim, Trnka 2 (Rucchin), 15:30. PENALTIES: Norstrom, LA, (ob.-holding), 1:13; Hebert, Ana, served by Olausson (interference), 1:27; Kariya, Ana (interference), 5:10; Berg, LA (ob.-holding), 8:31; Aalto, Ana (slashing), 11:01; Donato, Ana (ob.-holding), 15:53; Laperriere, LA, major (fighting), 18:44; LeClerc, Ana, major (fighting), 18:44.
SECOND PERIOD - SCORING: None. PENALTIES: Norstrom, LA (roughing), 3:56; Aalto, Ana, double minor (roughing, cross-checking), 3:56; McInnis, Ana (interference), 6:37; Johnson, LA (high-sticking), 9:24; Galley, LA (slashing), 10:55; Aalto, Ana (holding stick), 19:11.
THIRD PERIOD - SCORING: None. PENALTIES: None.
OVERTIME - SCORING: None. PENALTIES: None.
POWER PLAY: Los Angeles 0 of 7; Anaheim 0 of 4.
GOALIES: Los Angeles, Storr 6-2-2 (35 shots-34 saves). Anaheim, Hebert 10-11-2 (20-19).
Referees: Terry Gregson, Lance Roberts. Linesmen: Swede Knox, Baron Parker.
A: 17,174 (17,174).
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