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Kings on Top of the Western Conference with a 3-1 Victory Over Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) - Stephane Fiset was a busy goaltender for the Los Angeles Kings, and not all of it had to do with just stopping the puck.
Fiset made 35 saves as the Kings won their fourth straight with a 3-1 decision over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night. And in helping Los Angeles gain its ninth straight victory over Chicago, he also set up Brad Chartrand's first NHL goal -- on a shorthanded breakaway -- midway through the second period.
After making a save during one of six Blackhawk power plays, Fiset flipped the puck toward center ice. It bounced to Chartrand, who raced the length of the ice and beat Chicago goaltender Jocelyn Thibault to make it 2-0.
"I had in my mind to shoot the puck all the way down," Fiset said. "I missed the shot, but it went on (Chartrand's) tape. I was pretty happy."
"I could see the play developing," Chartrand said. "Fizz made a great play. He lofted it up and I read it. I was just glad to get the puck on net and didn't want to do anything fancy."
Glen Murray scored in the first period for the Kings and Rob Blake scored in the second. In 15 career games against Chicago, Murray has 10 goals and five assists.
"I don't know what it is. I guess I just get all the bounces against this team," Murray said. "It's too bad we don't play them more often."
Chicago, which outshot the Kings 36-22, has not defeated Los Angeles since Feb. 1, 1997. The Blackhawks' Alex Zhamnov scored midway through the third period to ruin Fiset's bid for a second shutout this season.
Chicago had won its two previous games after an eight-game (0-4-4) winless streak to start the season. On Saturday night, the Blackhawks wasted all six of their power-play chances and surrendered Chartrand's shorthanded goal. The Kings, meanwhile, had just one power-play chance and failed to convert it.
"We tried to build on our last couple of games, but we got beat by Fiset on the other end," Thibault said. "That was the story of the game."
"I thought we had a good effort tonight," Zhamnov added. "We had a lot of scoring chances, but sometime it happens where the puck doesn't go in."
FIRST PERIOD - SCORING: 1, Los Angeles, Murray 5 (Audette,
PENALTIES: Norstrom, LA (hooking), 6:42; Murray, LA (high-sticking), 17:28.
SECOND PERIOD - SCORING: 2, Los Angeles, Chartrand 1 (Fiset),
7:21 (sh). 3, Los Angeles, R.Blake 6 (Audette, Smolinski), 10:25.
PENALTIES: Audette, LA (boarding), 3:32; Laperriere, LA, minor-major-misconduct (instigator, fighting), 6:34; McCabe, Chi, major (fighting), 6:34; Sullivan, Chi (hooking), 13:15; J.Blake, LA (hooking), 18:02.
THIRD PERIOD - SCORING: 4, Chicago, Zhamnov 4 (Gilmour), 9:22.
PENALTIES: Laperriere, LA, major (fighting), 5:48; McCabe, Chi, major (fighting), 5:48; Chartrand, LA (tripping), 11:55.
POWER PLAY: Los Angeles 0 of 1; Chicago 0 of 6.
GOALIES: Los Angeles, Fiset 7-3-2 (36 shots-35 saves). Chicago, Thibault 1-5-3 (22-19).
Referees: Blaine Angus, Richard Trottier. Linesmen: Mark Pare, Dan Schachte.
A: 14,694 (20,500).4 Goal Third Period Gives Kings a Victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two-goal deficits don't mean much to the Los Angeles Kings lately. When they come back, it's with a barrage of goals.
Luc Robitaille and Glen Murray snapped a tie with goals 11 seconds apart in the third period as the Kings beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 Thursday night.
"This is a huge game, battling back like we did," Murray said.
Pittsburgh led 2-0 before the Kings scored four consecutive goals in front of new Penguins owner Mario Lemieux, who watched from a luxury box at Staples Center. Two nights ago, the Kings rallied for a 5-2 victory over Washington with five consecutive goals. They closed their first homestand in the new arena with three straight victories.
"It was nice because we energized some hockey fans," Kings coach Andy Murray said. "It shows us we've got to keep working and you're never out of it."
Sean O'Donnell tied the game 2-2 at 7:21 of the third period with a shot from the left point that beat Penguins backup goaltender Peter Skudra glove side. Skudra replaced Jean-Sebastien Aubin with 26 seconds left in the first period after Aubin injured his left hamstring making a save.
Just before O'Donnell's goal, Aleksey Morozov nearly gave Pittsburgh another two-goal lead when he caught Stephane Fiset out of position, but the puck slid wide. Morozov got hurt on the play.
"That one play was clearly the turning point," Penguins coach Kevin Constantine said. "It was an emotional lift for their team and they carried that to a couple more goals."
Robitaille put the Kings ahead 3-2 with a goal he tipped in off a shot by Ziggy Palffy from the right point at 9:44. Eleven seconds later, Skudra used his pad to slow a shot by Glen Murray, but the puck went through his legs to give Los Angeles a 4-2 lead.
With Pittsburgh's Rob Brown and Rob Blake of the Kings off for roughing, German Titov put the Penguins within a goal with 14 seconds left. But the Kings took advantage of Pittsburgh's empty net when Bryan Smolinski scored with two seconds left for a 5-3 lead.
Pittsburgh's Jaromir Jagr scored his eighth goal of the season on the game's first shot and John Slaney also scored for the Pens. Donald Audette scored the other Kings goal. Stephane Fiset stopped 24 shots for his sixth victory. Aubin stopped all 17 shots he faced, while Skudra made 13 saves.
FIRST PERIOD - SCORING: 1, Pittsburgh, Jagr 8 (Rozsival), :42.
PENALTIES: Laperriere, LA (hooking), 4:01; Kasparaitis, Pit (roughing), 8:19; Brown, Pit (charging), 17:52; Barnaby, Pit (unsportsmanlike conduct), 17:52; Laperriere, LA (unsportsmanlike conduct), 17:52.
SECOND PERIOD - SCORING: 2, Pittsburgh, Slaney 1 (Jagr, Brown), 3:09 (pp). 3, Los Angeles, Audette 5 (Galley, Smolinski), 11:25.
PENALTIES: Murray, LA (hooking), 2:27; Kasparaitis, Pit (holding stick), 15:46.
THIRD PERIOD - SCORING: 4, Los Angeles, O'Donnell 1 (Robitaille, Berg), 7:21. 5, Los Angeles, Robitaille 10(Palffy, Stumpel), 9:44. 6, Los Angeles, Murray 4 (Smolinski), 9:55. 7, Pittsburgh, Titov 2 (Miller, Jagr), 19:46. 8, Los Angeles, Smolinski 4, 19:57 (en).
PENALTIES: Norstrom, LA (hooking), 17:21; Brown, Pit (roughing) 19:15; R.Blake, LA (roughing), 19:15.
POWER PLAY: Pittsburgh 1 of 3; Los Angeles 0 of 3.
GOALIES: Pittsburgh, Aubin (17 shots-17 saves), Skudra 2-2-2 (:26 first, 13-9). Los Angeles, Fiset 6-3-2 (27-24).
Referee: Dave Jackson. Linesmen: Wayne Bonney, Dan O'Rourke.
A: 14,779 (18,118).
LOS ANGELES (AP) - This time, the Los Angeles Kings rallied and came away winners.
Rob Blake and Bryan Smolinski broke open a tie game with goals 33 seconds apart in the third period and the Kings overcame a two-goal deficit with five consecutive goals in a 5-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night. Donald Audette scored twice, including the game-tying goal at 7:46 of the second period.
Luc Robitaille also scored for the Kings, who two weeks ago squandered a 2-0 lead and ended up with a 2-2 tie at Washington.
"It was encouraging for us not to be hanging on by one goal at the end of the game," Kings coach Andy Murray said.
Jamie Storr stopped 15 shots for his first victory of the season. He was back in the net for the first time since starting Oct. 16 at Tampa Bay, where he played one period before leaving with a groin strain.
"When guys get goals in front of you like that, it gets the adrenaline rushing," Storr said. "All that shows is character. Every player was awesome."
Olaf Kolzig, who made 18 saves, smashed his stick on the ice after giving up Smolinski's goal at 8:49 of the third period.
"I should have grabbed his stick and smashed it, too," Capitals coach Ron Wilson said.
Smolinski caught a pass from Audette in his right glove, dropped it to the ice and fired the puck through Kolzig's legs for a 4-2 lead. Thirty-three seconds earlier, Blake scored his fifth goal of the season -- tops for NHL defensemen -- off a drop pass from Ziggy Palffy, beating Kolzig through the legs.
Peter Bondra and Calle Johansson scored for the Caps. Wilson said he's considering benching some big names when the Capitals play at Anaheim on Friday night.
"Some people in here just don't get it. It's pretty frustrating," he said. "We've got some young people who have struggled and we keep going with them. But I can't reward people with ice time if they're not getting the job done."
The Capitals have just two victories in their first eight games, annoying Wilson to the point where he talked about leaving.
"I'm looking for results here and commitment to playing for the team," Wilson said, "and if guys don't want to play the way that I ask them to play, then I'll just leave. If they want someone else, fine. That's no big deal to me. Trust me. I'll find something else to do."
FIRST PERIOD - SCORING: 1, Washington, Bondra 7, 11:29 (sh). 2, Washington, Johansson 2 (Bulis, Konowalchuk), 14:21 (pp). 3, Los Angeles, Robitaille 9 (Berg, Palffy), 15:44.
PENALTIES: Sacco, Was, major (fighting), :21; Laperriere, LA, major (fighting), :21; Klee, Was (holding), 9:39; J.Blake, LA (slashing), 12:24; Witt, Was, minor-major (high-sticking, fighting), 15:44; O'Donnell, LA, major (fighitng), 15:44; Reekie, Was (holding), 19:29.
SECOND PERIOD - SCORING: 4, Los Angeles, Audette 3 (G.Murray, Smolinski), 7:46.
PENALTIES: Johansson, Was (hooking), 9:12; Bylsma, LA (high-sticking), 12:09.
THIRD PERIOD - SCORING: 5, Los Angeles, R.Blake 5 (Palffy, Robitaille), 8:16. 6, Los Angeles, Smolinski 3 (Audette, Murray), 8:49. 7, Los Angeles, Audette 4 (Smolinski), 11:44.
PENALTIES: Gonchar, Was (tripping), :37; Berg, LA (hooking), 3:28; Zednik, Was (interference), 3:45; Kaberle, LA (holding stick), 12:41.
POWER PLAY: Washington 1 of 4; Los Angeles 0 of 6.
GOALIES: Washington, Kolzig 2-4-2 (23 shots-18 saves). Los Angeles, Storr 1-0-0 (17-15).
Referees: Paul Stewart, Bernard DeGrace. Linesmen: Wayne Bonney, Dan O'Rourke.
A: 13,169 (18,118).
LOS ANGELES (AP) - If the Los Angeles Kings are going to get back to the playoffs this season, their special teams are going to have to carry them there.
The Kings killed off a two-man advantage the San Jose Sharks had for 1:52 midway through the third period of Sunday night's 4-3 victory. They also got power-play goals from Bryan Smolinski and Luc Robitaille.
Stephane Fiset stopped a penalty shot by Mike Ricci for one of his 30 saves, helping preserve the Kings' first victory at the Staples Center. Dan Bylsma and Donald Audette also scored for Los Angeles, which beat San Jose for the fourth straight time.
"It was a real solid effort tonight," said coach Andy Murray, whose disposition was much more genteel than it was after Friday night's 6-3 loss to Phoenix. "Some of the things we didn't do the other night we did tonight -- like compete hard and battle our opponents physically."
Ricci, Gary Suter and Patrick Marleau scored for the Pacific Division-leaders, who have lost three in a row after getting off to the best start in the NHL at 7-2-0. It was the fourth consecutive game in which they were blanked in the first period.
San Jose trimmed the Kings' lead to 4-2 with 1:11 left in the second, as Suter scored during a two-man advantage after coincidental tripping penalties to Audette and teammate Aki Berg.
The Sharks were storming the net again moments later when Fiset made a sprawling save against Ricci. But he lost the grip on his stick and referee Paul Stewart had no choice but to award Ricci a penalty shot -- the first ever in the Kings' new building.
"I didn't throw my stick on purpose," Fiset said, "but it went out of my hand. So it was the right call by the referee."
Fiset held his ground and knocked down Ricci's short wrist shot with his glove for his fifth save in eight career penalty shots faced.
"I've known him for a long time because I played with him for six years, so I knew he was going to try to shoot on me it and not try to deke," Fiset said. "I was just trying to be patient with him and he shot it right at me."
Marleau pulled the Sharks within a goal with 2:36 remaining, taking a pass in front from Alexander Korolyuk and scoring into a wide-open net with Fiset out of position.
"With the different personnel we have -- some of the young guys on defense -- you know we've probably got to make some adjustments," said Sharks coach Darryl Sutter, whose team is struggling without injured defensemen Jeff Norton and Marcus Ragnarsson.
FIRST PERIOD - SCORING: 1, Los Angeles, Smolinski 2 (Galley), 4:04 (pp).
PENALTIES: Sutton, SJ (elbowing), 2:34; Nolan, SJ (elbowing), 3:49; Robitaille, LA (unsportsmanlike conduct), 3:49; Stern, SJ, major (fighting), 4:47; O'Donnell, LA, major (fighting), 4:47; Sutter, SJ (tripping), 12:16.
SECOND PERIOD - SCORING: 2, Los Angeles, Bylsma 1 (J.Blake, McKenna), 5:24. 3, Los Angeles, Robitaille 8 (Palffy, Stumpel), 9:11 (pp). 4, San Jose, Ricci 3 (Suter, Friesen), 10:37 (pp). 5, Los Angeles, Audette 2 (Kaberle), 13:26. 6, San Jose, Suter 2 (Damphousse, Friesen), 18:49 (pp).
PENALTIES: Laperriere, LA (charging), :17; Nolan, SJ (roughing), 8:08; Sutton, SJ (roughing), 8:08; McKenna, LA (roughing), 8:08; Marchment, SJ, major (fighting), 9:18; O'Donnell, LA, major (fighting), 9:18; Berg, LA (tripping), 9:30; Audette, LA (tripping), 9:30; Sutton, SJ, double minor (roughing), 15:01; McKenna, LA (roughing), 15:01; Bylsma, LA (roughing), 15:01; Nolan, SJ (roughing), 17:38; Laperriere, LA (roughing), 17:38; Norstrom, LA (holding), 17:45.
THIRD PERIOD - SCORING: 7, San Jose, Morleau 4 (Korolyuk, Ricci), 17:24.
PENALTIES: Palffy, LA (boarding), 1:14; Sutton, SJ (holding), 4:01; Damphousse, SJ (holding), 8:03; Ricci, SJ (slashing), 8:11; R.Blake, LA (holding), 12:53.
MISSED PENALTY SHOT: Ricci, SJ, 19:09 second.
POWER PLAY: San Jose 1 of 5; Los Angeles 2 of 6.
GOALIES: San Jose, Vernon 1-2-0 (30 shots-26 saves). Los Angeles, Fiset 5-3-2 (33-30).
Referee: Paul Stewart. Linesmen: Wayne Bonney, Dan O'Rouke.
A: 15,270 (18,118).
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The change in coaching philosophy from Jim Schoenfeld to Bob Francis is paying early dividends for the Phoenix Coyotes. The more up-tempo, aggressive brand of hockey Francis instilled in his team, as opposed to the defensive shell they displayed before, has led to the best start in the history of the franchise, which began as the Winnipeg Jets in 1972.
Friday night's 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings started sluggishly for the Coyotes, but ended with five unanswered goals by five different players.
"Bobby Francis has put in a great system here," said defenseman Deron Quint, who scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period. "Our defensemen are jumping into the play a lot more.
"They did last year too, but they didn't get the green light that I think they needed. We've got a lot of offensive guys, but everybody's also playing defense and guys are really working hard for each other."
Jeremy Roenick sat out the fifth and final game of his first career suspension for high-sticking Chicago's Tony Amonte in the face. Roenick returns to the ice Saturday against Washington.
Travis Green extended his goal-scoring streak to five games and Dallas Drake had a short-handed goal. Trevor Letowski, Keith Tkachuk and Mika Alatalo also scored for the Coyotes, and Teppo Numminen and Greg Adams each had three assists.
Ian Laperriere got his first two goals of the season and Ziggy Palffy had a power-play goal for the Kings, winless in their first two home games at the new Staples Center.
The Coyotes, who went more than eight minutes before getting their first shot on goal, took their first lead at 3:04 of the third. Quint used defenseman Frantisek Kaberle as a screen and beat Stephane Fiset to the glove side from about 20 feet. Tkachuk and Alatalo scored 10 seconds apart to put the game away with six minutes remaining.
"They outworked us. That's the bottom line," Laperriere said. "They've got a couple of skill guys, but most of their guys are just hard workers. We've got to learn from our mistakes, but the good news is that it's only the ninth game of the season."
Trailing 3-1, the Coyotes tied it on goals by Drake and Letowski less than 10 minutes apart in the second period. With the teams skating 4-on-4, Letowski carried the puck into the zone and got plenty of room from defenseman Mattias Norstrom before whistling a 40-foot slap shot past Fiset's stick hand at 14:16 of the period for the tying goal.
FIRST PERIOD - SCORING: 1, Los Angeles, Laperriere 1 (Berg, Chartrand), 3:54. 2, Phoenix, Green 5 (Numminen, Adams), 15:21 (pp). 3, Los Angeles, Palffy 3 (R.Blake, Robitaille), 19:43 (pp).
PENALTIES: Doan, Pho (hooking), :29; Smolinski, LA (hooking), 15:16; Tkachuk, Pho (high-sticking), 19:28.
SECOND PERIOD - SCORING: 4, Los Angeles, Laperriere 2 (Chartrand, C.Johnson), 1:13. 5, Phoenix, Drake 3 (Numminen, Tkachuk), 4:25 (sh). 6, Phoenix, Letowski 1 (Numminen, Tkachuk), 14:16.
PENALTIES: Carney, Pho (hooking), 3:05; Berg, LA (holding), 13:41; Lumme, Pho (tripping), 13:54.
THIRD PERIOD - SCORING: 7, Phoenix, Quint 1 (Adams, Carney), 3:04. 8, Phoenix, Tkachuk 3 (Adams), 13:49 (pp). 9, Phoenix, Alatalo 1 (Ylonen), 13:59.
PENALTIES: Murray, LA (holding), 9:01; Chartrand, LA (hooking), 13:27; Debrusk, Pho (slashing), 19:22; Galley, LA (slashing), 19:22.
POWER PLAY: Phoenix 2 of 4; Los Angeles 1 of 4.
GOALIES: Phoenix, Shtalenkov 5-1-1 (26 shots-23 saves). Los Angeles, Fiset 4-3-2 (34-28).
Referee: Dan Marouelli. Linesmen: Mike Cvik, Swede Knox.
A: 16,572 (18,118).
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Kings didn't feel at home skating the first 15 minutes against the Boston Bruins in the new Staples Center. They looked and played jittery, while the Bruins settled right in and quieted the largest crowd to watch a professional hockey game in California by scoring the first goal.
But the Kings recovered in time to salvage a 2-2 tie Wednesday night on Jozef Stumpel's goal with 1:08 remaining in the third period.
"We got through the first-period jitters when we had pucks bouncing off our sticks and guys standing around," Kings coach Andy Murray said. "I didn't believe we were going to have jitters, but something was happening."
The Bruins twice blew one-goal leads to remain winless with an 0-5-4 record, their worst start since opening the 1964-65 season with an 0-8-1 mark.
"The passion was there, but it still has to pick up a little bit more on a consistent basis," Boston's Kyle McLaren said. "If we keep playing the way we did tonight, we're going to have a good chance to win games. But we have to put 60 minutes together and have 20 guys going at all times, no matter who's on the ice."
A sellout crowd of 18,118, including NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, watched the first pro sporting event in the new arena, where the NBA's Lakers and Clippers also will play.
It was the home opener for the Kings, who played their first seven games on the road while the $375 million Staples Center was completed.
"We've got to make it our home and start dominating here, and we did as the game went on," Rob Blake said. "We have to be tough to play against. When you have 18,000 fans screaming, there is quite a bit of energy that goes through guys."
Stumpel, a former Bruin, tied the game 2-2 with a shot that went high over Robbie Tallas. Palffy recorded one of his two assists on the goal.
Sergei Samsonov put Boston ahead 2-1 at 17:37 of the third period. He scored his first goal of the season off his own rebound and caught Stephane Fiset sprawled on his side.
Boston's Anson Carter scored the first goal in Staples Center at 4:12 of the first period.
Blake tied it on a power-play goal at 10:32 of the second. His slap shot from just inside the blue line sailed through the legs of Tallas and provoked the first sustained cheering of the night.
Kings right wing Marko Tuomainen left the game in the second period after being hit with the puck. He had a cut above his left eye and blood in the eye. He was taken to a hospital for X-rays.
FIRST PERIOD - SCORING: 1, Boston, Carter 1 (Girard, Allison), 4:12.
PENALTIES: Van Impe, Bos (roughing), 7:06; Johnson, LA (holding), 10:00; Galley, LA (boarding), 11:27; Carter, Bos (interference), 14:22; Gill, Bos (roughing), 19:51; Laperriere, LA roughing), 19:51.
SECOND PERIOD - SCORING: 2, Los Angeles, R.Blake 4 (Palffy, Kaberle), 10:32 (pp).
PENALTIES: Audette, LA (cross-checking), 5:58; Heinze, Bos (holding stick), 9:45; Audette, LA (hooking), 12:45.
THIRD PERIOD - SCORING: 3, Boston, Samsonov 1 (Thornton), 17:37. 4, Los Angeles, Stumpel 2 (Palffy, Murray), 18:51.
PENALTIES: Bourque, Bos (high-sticking), 7:46.
OVERTIME - SCORING: None.
POWER PLAY: Boston 0 of 4; Los Angeles 1 of 4.
GOALIES: Boston, Tallas 0-2-2 (40 shots-38 saves). Los Angeles, Fiset 4-2-2 (30-28).
Referees: Mike Leggo, Rob Shick. Linesmen: Mike Cvik, Swede Knox.
A: 18,118 (18,500).
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Daniel Cleary has come a long way from a Newfoundland village with no stop signs. Cleary scored two goals in his first game with the Edmonton to lift the Oilers to a 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.
"It's the happiest I've been in a long time," said the 20-year-old Cleary. "I'm dumbfounded."
The left wing left his home town of Riverhead, 45 minutes west of St. John's, as a 14-year-old to play Junior B with the Kingston (Ontario) Voyageurs.
"There are 200 people and no stop signs," Cleary said. "There's nothing much there but good people."
He was informed that there is a large population of ex-Newfoundlanders in Fort McMurray, Alberta, about 280 miles north of Edmonton.
"I'm sure everybody roots for their kind," Cleary said. "By any means, any Newfie is a friend of mine. I'll welcome them with open arms."
Cleary worked behind the net, came out in front and shot high on goalie Stephane Fiset's glove side for his first goal, at 8:17 of the third period, giving the Oilers a 4-2 lead.
After Rob Blake cut the deficit to 4-3 at 11:27 on a power play -- the Kings' ninth power-play goal in 27 chances this season -- Cleary pounced on his own rebound to score at 13:42 and restore the two-goal margin.
Cleary was sent to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL as one of the Oilers' last cuts. He was recalled Thursday.
Ryan Smyth, Alex Selivanov and Tom Poti also scored for the Oilers.
Glen Murray scored his first three goals of the season for the Kings, who finished a seven-game road trip to open the season 4-2-1-0.
"I'm not very happy with our play," said Los Angeles coach Andy Murray. "I'm not satisfied at all."
The Oilers outshot the Kings, 15-3, in the second period and 32-29 overall.
"We didn't play desperate in the second period," Murray said. "We played desperate in the third. You can't let them take the momentum to you like that.
"We don't normally give up that many scoring chances in a game. We were patsies tonight. We got outworked."
FIRST PERIOD - SCORING: 1, Los Angeles, G.Murray 1 (Galley, Smolinski), 6:03 (pp).
PENALTIES: Johnson, LA (slashing), :30; Brown, Edm (cross-checking), :30; Laflamme, Edm (charging), 4:09; Robitaille, LA (holding), 12:07; Cleary, Edm (slashing), 18:18; R.Blake, LA (interference), 19:21.
SECOND PERIOD - SCORING: 2, Edmonton, Smyth 4 (Falloon, Weight), 9:24. 3, Edmonton, Selivanov 3 (Niinimaa), 17:53 (pp).
PENALTIES: R.Blake, LA (ob.-hooking), 1:55; R.Blake, LA (interference), 16:22.
THIRD PERIOD - SCORING: 4, Los Angeles, Murray 2 (Audette, Smolinski), 2:20. 5, Edmonton, Poti 1 (Falloon), 7:10 (pp). 6, Edmonton, Cleary 1 (Selivanov, Beranek), 8:17. 7, Los Angeles,
R.Blake 3 (Palffy, Stumpel), 11:27 (pp). 8, Edmonton, Cleary 2, 13:42. 9, Los Angeles, Murray 3 (R.Blake, Stumpel), 17:00.
PENALTIES: Galley, LA (ob.-hooking), 6:04; Poti, Edm (tripping), 11:18.
POWER PLAY: Los Angeles 2 of 3; Edmonton 2 of 5.
GOALIES: Los Angeles, Fiset 4-2-1 (32 shots-27 saves). Edmonton, Salo 2-1-1 (29-25).
Referee: Don Van Massenhoven. Linesmen: Swede Knox, Darren Gibbs.
A: 16,094 (17,100).
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - On a night when the stars of the Los Angeles Kings were shut down, the supporting cast came through. Donald Audette and Bryan Smolinski each had a goal and an assist Friday night as the Kings continued their early season hot streak with a 4-1 victory over the Calgary Flames.
On a night when the Kings' top line of Zigmund Palffy, Luc Robitaille, and Jozef Stumpel was held scoreless, Los Angeles got goals from each of its other three lines.
"I finally got one, Donald got one, and that's what we're supposed to do," said Smolinski, who along with Audette collected their first points of the season. "It's been a season of ups and downs for us and it's great to be finally rewarded."
Garry Galley and Marko Tuomainen also scored their first goals of the season for the Kings (4-1-1-0), who were playing the sixth game of a seven-game road trip to start the season. The final game is at Edmonton on Saturday night.
"My first goal as coach was to make sure I was still coach by our home opener at the Staples Center," first-year coach Andy Murray said with a smile. "And when you looked at our road trip, some people might have doubted that."
Smolinski opened the scoring 5:52 into the second period when he one-timed a pass from Audette past goaltender Grant Fuhr for the first point of the season for both players.
With the Kings leading 2-1 in the third period, Audette took a pass from Smolinski and from the right wing blasted a hard 30-foot slap shot over Fuhr's outstretched glove.
"We feel that unit has generated chances in all of the games that we've played and have not been rewarded for their effort," Murray said of the second line of Smolinski, Audette and Glen Murray. "They've stayed together because they've played hard."
Bill Lindsay scored for the Flames (1-4-1-0), who have just a tie in four home games.
With the score tied 1-1, the Kings scored the go-ahead goal at 12:43 of the second when Galley's long shot from the blue line eluded Fuhr.
"We're capable of playing a hell of a lot better than we played tonight," Calgary coach Brian Sutter said. "Our goaltenders and our defense were left high and dry on their own all night."
Goaltender Stephane Fiset played in his sixth consecutive game for Los Angeles and turned in another strong game as the Kings were outshot, 28-23. Fiset lowered his goals-against average to 1.40 and improved his save percentage to .949.
FIRST PERIOD - SCORING: None.
PENALTIES: Lindsay, Cal (tripping), 1:18; Robitaille, LA (high-sticking), 9:56; Johnson, LA (delay of game), 16:26; Tuomainen, LA (high-sticking), 17:58; R.Blake, LA (slashing), 19:38; Gauthier, Cal (slashing), 19:38.
SECOND PERIOD - SCORING: 1, Los Angeles, Smolinski 1 (Audette, Berg), 5:52. 2, Calgary, Lindsay 1 (Shantz, Brigley), 10:58. 3, Los Angeles, J.Blake 1 (Galley), 12:43.
PENALTIES: Robitaille, LA (hooking), 2:41; Brigley, Cal (slashing), 6:35; Tuomainen, LA, major (fighting), 17:12; Smith, Cal, major (fighting), 17:12.
THIRD PERIOD - SCORING: 4, Los Angeles, Audette 1 (Smolinski), 7:43. 5, Los Angeles, Tuomainen 1 (Tsyplakov, Kaberle), 9:23.
PENALTIES: Berg, LA, major (fighting), 14:20; Corbet, Cal, major (fighting), 14:20; Tuomainen, LA (interference), 15:13.
POWER PLAY: Los Angeles 0 of 2; Calgary 0 of 5.
GOALIES: Los Angeles, Fiset 4-1-1 (28 shots-27 saves). Calgary, Fuhr 1-3-1 (23-19).
Referees: Rob Shick, Dennis LaRue. Linesmen: Darren Gibbs, Swede Knox.
A: 12,866 (17,104).
WASHINGTON (AP) - Long after the smoke cleared from a gaudy pregame pyrotechnic display, the Washington Capitals finally made some fireworks of their own.
Peter Bondra and Chris Simon scored third-period goals and Olaf Kolzig stopped 33 shots as the Capitals rallied to tie the Los Angeles Kings 2-2 Saturday night. Luc Robitaille scored his NHL-best seventh goal for the Kings, who seemed well on their way to victory before Washington struck back to salvage a point in its home opener.
"This was a good first step. There was a lot of energy in the building and the fans were cheering," said Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, who purchased the team from Abe Pollin last spring. "That third quarter was really intense."
OK, so Leonsis has a bit to learn about hockey. But even a novice fan could appreciate the fashion in which the Capitals fought back.
Blanked by Stephane Fiset for two periods, the Capitals finally broke through when Bondra scored on a power play with 15:57 left to make it 2-1. Simon then scored from between the circles with 8:13 remaining after the puck came to him off the skate of teammate Joe Sacco.
There were plenty of close calls after that, but Kolzig and Fiset were up to the challenge. Fiset stopped a 2-on-1 in the closing seconds of overtime.
"We got a point and I'm happy," Washington coach Ron Wilson said. "In this league, when you're one goal behind going into the third period you're pretty much toast. Two goals, that's an awful steep hill to climb."
Marko Tuomainen scored his first NHL goal for the Kings, who were playing the fifth of seven straight road games to open the season. Fiset finished with 23 saves and an unsatisfying tie.
"The worst part is that we could have five wins right now," said Fiset. "But we have to be very pleased with the road trip."
Los Angeles (3-1-1) heads home for a spell before playing two more road games. The Kings make their home debut in the Staples Center on Oct. 20.
"We talked about calling this a good trip if we won tonight. Now it goes a step below a great trip but a few steps above a good trip," Kings coach Andy Murray said. "We were disappointed we didn't play the way we wanted to in the third period. Territorially, we controlled most of the game."
FIRST PERIOD - SCORING: None.
PENALTIES: Audette, LA (interference), 1:12; R.Blake, LA (high-sticking), 7:00; Galley, LA (tripping), 11:43; Simon, Was (roughing), 14:37; Laperriere, LA (unsportsmanlike conduct), 17:35; Witt, Was (roughing), 17:35; Gonchar, Was (hooking), 18:55.
SECOND PERIOD - SCORING: 1, Los Angeles, Robitaille 7 (Stumpel, R.Blake), 3:25 (pp). 2, Los Angeles, Tuomainen 1 (Johnson, Laperriere), 5:31.
PENALTIES: Klee, Was (holding), 2:43; Washington bench, served by Svejkovsky (too many men), 14:35.
THIRD PERIOD - SCORING: 3, Washington, Bondra 2 (Gonchar, Svejkovshy), 4:03 (pp). 4, Washington, Simon 1 (Sacco, Johansson), 11:47.
PENALTIES: Robitaille, LA (holding stick), 3:38; Zednik, Was (interference), 4:38; Norstrom, LA (roughing), 15:43; Bulis, Was (roughing), 15:43; Robitaille, LA (interference), 19:45.
OVERTIME - SCORING: None. PENALTIES: None.
POWER PLAY: Los Angeles 1 of 5; Washington 1 of 4.
GOALIES: Los Angeles, Fiset 3-1-1 (25 shots-23 saves). Washington, Kolzig 1-1-1 (35-33).
Referee: Kevin Maguire. Linesmen: Pierre Champoux, Dan McCourt.
A: 17,155 (19,740).
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The Los Angeles Kings may never want to go home.
Luc Robitaille had three goals and an assist as the Kings beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 Thursday night. Second-period power-play goals by Rob Blake and Robitaille snapped a 2-2 tie, lifting Los Angeles to 3-1-0 on a season-opening, seven-game road trip.
"In terms of wins on this road trip, this is the most gratifying," Los Angeles coach Andy Murray said. "We've played four games in six nights and traveled across the country. We had a pretty intense meeting at noon hour and challenged some people and I thought the response was pretty good."
The Kings allowed three goals in the final two minutes of play Wednesday in a 4-2 loss at Florida.
Los Angeles had four power-play goals in six chances Thursday. Tampa Bay went 0-for-5 with the man advantage.
"When we had power plays, we scored our goals and I think that's what killed them," Robitaille said.
"You're not going to win many games giving up four power-play goals," Tampa Bay goalie Daren Puppa said.
It was the 14th career hat trick for Robitaille, who has six goals this season and 523 for his career.
"Is that what I did?" said Robitaille after being informed all his goals came on the power play. "I didn't even know. I honestly don't know (if I did it before)."
Stan Drulia and Mike Sillinger scored for Tampa Bay. Drulia, a journeyman minor leaguer, hadn't scored an NHL goal since Nov. 23, 1992.
The first period featured two goals and six penalties for each team. Garry Galley and Robitaille had the Los Angeles goals. Blake scored from the right circle 24 seconds into the second period, making it 3-2. Then with just under three minutes left in the second period, Robitaille scored from outside the right post. Robitaille completed his hat trick at 16:51 of the third period.
Tampa Bay forward Andreas Johansson left in the first period with a concussion after crashing into the boards following a hit by the Kings' Sean O'Donnell. Tampa Bay coach Steve Ludzik said the NHL office has requested a tape of the incident.
Kings goalie Jamie Storr departed after the first period with a groin injury. Stephane Fiset stopped all 17 shots he faced over the final two periods.
FIRST PERIOD - SCORING: 1, Tampa Bay, Drulia 1 (Burr, Kefa), 1:45. 2, Los Angeles, Galley 1 (Stumpel, Robitaille), 11:03. 3, Los Angeles, Robitaille 4 (Palffy, R.Blake), 11:50 (pp). 4, Tampa Bay, Sillinger 2 (Kubina, Kefa), 15:48.
PENALTIES: Robitaille, LA (ob.-hooking), 3:32; Stumpel, LA (interference), 8:40; Kubina, TB (ob.-holding), 11:21; Galley, LA (roughing), 12:51; Puppa, TB, served by Richer (delay of game), 13:06; Johannson, TB (tripping), 13:42; R.Blake, LA (cross-checking), 18:11; Laperriere, LA, major (fighting), 18:49; Gratton, TB, minor-major (roughing, fighting), 18:49; Sillinger, TB (roughing), 19:48; Norstrom, LA (cross-checking), 19:48.
SECOND PERIOD - SCORING: 5, Los Angeles, R.Blake 2 (Palffy, Kaberle), :24 (pp). 6, Los Angeles, Robitaille 5 (Stumpel, Galley), 17:10 (pp).
PENALTIES: J.Blake, LA (goalie interference), 2:25; Gratton, TB (slashing), 15:18.
THIRD PERIOD - SCORING: 7, Los Angeles, Robitaille 6 (Kaberle), 16:51 (pp).
PENALTIES: Gratton, TB (roughing), 16:09.
POWER PLAY: Los Angeles 4 of 6; Tampa Bay 0 of 5.
GOALIES: Los Angeles, Storr (8 shots-6 saves), Fiset 3-1-0-0 (0:00 second, 20-20). Tampa Bay, Puppa 1-1-0-0 (28-23).
Referee: Lance Roberts. Linesmen: Pierre Racicot, Stephane Provost.
A: 10,614 (19,758).
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Mark Parrish and Viktor Kozlov each scored in the final two minutes as Florida rallied for a 4-2 win over Los Angeles on Wednesday night. Trailing 2-1 with two minutes left, the Panthers scored twice in a 20-second span, and Pavel Bure capped the rally with an empty-net goal to deny the Kings a third straight road victory.
"We were going for the win, but obviously it's real hard, almost impossible, to score three goals in the final few minutes," Bure said.
Kozlov scored from just outside the left crease on a feed from Ray Whitney to tie the game with 1:51 left. Just 20 seconds later, Bret Hedican picked up the puck and fired it from the blue line towards Parrish, who deflected it from in front of Kings goalie Stephane Fiset for the game-winner.
Bure, who has 31 goals in 37 career games against the Kings, finished off the scoring with 34 seconds left as Florida won for the second time in as many games.
"That was a great win because it reinforces our system and what we're trying to do," Florida coach Terry Murray said.
"Whenever you have Pavel Bure in the lineup, that type of superstar, you believe you can do everything."
Luc Robitaille scored his third goal of the season and 520th of his career, but the Kings still missed their best start since 1988. Florida led 1-0 in the second period on Robert Svehla's goal at 5:53.
"It was a very difficult game for us to lose, but it was our mistakes that cost us, and we're the ones who allowed it to happen," Los Angeles coach Andy Murray said.
"We knew it would be a 60-minute game, and it turned out to be a 58-minute game for us."
Ziggy Palffy scored his second goal of the season to put Los Angeles ahead 2-1 at 1:11 of the third period. Palffy scored from the left side of the crease against Florida goalie Trevor Kidd, starting in place of Sean Burke, who is out with a concussion from Saturday's opening win against Washington.
FIRST PERIOD - SCORING: None.
PENALTIES: Kvasha, Fla (ob.-hooking), 5:43; Mellanby, Fla (roughing), 11:37; Galley, LA (interference), 13:05; Audette, LA (interference), 18:08.
SECOND PERIOD - SCORING: 1, Florida, Svehla 1 (Niedermayer, Dvorak), 5:53. 2, Los Angeles, Robitaille 3 (Stumpel, R.Blake), 18:43.
PENALTIES: Smolinski, LA (interference), 9:41; Audette, LA (hooking), 16:32.
THIRD PERIOD - SCORING: 3, Los Angeles, Palffy 2 (Stumpel, Norstrom), 1:11. 4, Florida, Kozlov 2 (Whitney, Bure), 18:09. 5, Florida, Parrish 1 (Hedican, Mellanby), 18:29. 6, Florida, Bure 2
(Svehla, Spacek), 19:26 (en).
POWER PLAY: Los Angeles 0 of 2; Florida 0 of 4.
GOALIES: Los Angeles, Fiset 2-1-0 (21 shots-18 saves). Florida, Kidd 1-0-0 (16-14).
Referees: Lance Roberts, Dave Jackson. Linesmen: Stephane Provost, Pierre Racicot.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Zigmund Palffy, obtained in an offseason trade with the New York Islanders, scored his first goal for the Kings and added an assist as Los Angeles defeated the St. Louis Blues 3-2 Monday night.
"What I saw from Ziggy again tonight was his ability to get in behind the other team's defense," said Los Angeles coach Andy Murray. "I'm sure (Blues coach) Joel Quenneville told his guys you've got to be aware of Palffy getting in behind you. But I used to tell guys that on Team Canada all the time and he still did it."
After the Blues scored to take a 2-1 lead at 11:19 of the second period, Murray called a timeout. Six seconds later, Palffy tied it when he skated around defenseman Chris Pronger and beat goalie Roman Turek.
"We told him to score a goal during that timeout and he did," Murray said with a laugh. "We felt we had to break the momentum a little bit that they were carrying and we had to get smarter. I felt we played a lot better after the timeout."
Palffy thought his first goal as a King came at just the right time.
"It felt great, because it tied the game and everyone was back on the tracks," Palffy said. "It was an important goal for us."
Luc Robitaille scored the go-ahead goal on a breakaway in the third period. The score moved him into sole possession of 22nd place on the career goal-scoring list with 519. Rob Blake also scored for the Kings, and Stephane Fiset made 36 saves as Los Angeles improved to 2-0 on its season-opening, seven-game road trip. It was a rare victory in St. Louis for the Kings, who are 2-9-3 in their last 14 visits to the Keil Center.
The Blues were impressed with Fiset.
"He's a big goalie and he's strong," said St. Louis left wing Geoff Courtnall. "We didn't bear down on the rebounds we had in front of the net. He was lying down after stopping the first shots and we couldn't put the rebound over him."
Pavol Demitra and Michal Handzus scored for the Blues, who fell to 0-2.
"We generated a lot of opportunities but we didn't finish them off," Quenneville said. "We're going to start all over in Calgary Wednesday night."
FIRST PERIOD - SCORING: 1, Los Angeles, R.Blake 1 (Palffy, Robitaille), 10:50 (pp).
PENALTIES: Palffy, LA (interference), 1:00; McKenna, LA, minor-major (charging, fighting), 8:44; Chase, StL, minor-major (elbowing, fighting), 8:44; Pronger, StL (high-sticking), 9:20; Bergevin, StL (hooking), 9:55; Berg, LA (tripping), 14:31; Pronger, StL (high-sticking), 17:44.
SECOND PERIOD - SCORING: 2, St. Louis, Demitra 1, 8:15 (pp). 3, St. Louis, Andzus 1 (Hecht, Courtnall), 11:19. 4, Los Angeles, Palffy 1, 11:25.
PENALTIES: Kaberle, LA (holding), 2:33; Galley, LA (tripping), 6:50; R.Blake, LA (ob.-tripping), 8:59; R.Blake, LA (closing hand on puck), 16:26.
THIRD PERIOD - SCORING: 5, Los Angeles, Robitaille 2, 14:25.
PENALTIES: Bergevin, StL (interference), 2:52.
POWER PLAY: Los Angeles 1 of 4; St. Louis 1 of 6.
GOALIES: Los Angeles, Fisset 2-0-0-0 (38 shots-36 saves). St. Louis, Turek 0-2-0-0 (18-15).
Referee: Dave Jackson. Linesmen:Thor Nelson, Dan Schachte.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Starting the season with a seven-game road trip isn't easy. The Los Angeles Kings made their journey a little more enjoyable by getting a measure of revenge Saturday night.
Jozef Stumpel scored on the Kings' first power play and added an assist as they beat the Nashville Predators 2-0 in the teams' season opener. The Kings had lost the season series 3-1 to the then-expansion team last year.
"This was a real good measuring stick for our team to try and match Nashville's work ethic," said Los Angeles coach Andy Murray, victorious in his NHL head coaching debut.
Last season, the Kings didn't beat Nashville until the final week of the season. The team, revamped during the offseason, changed their luck Saturday night.
Murray had the Kings focused on the opener, and Los Angeles looked energized by the additions of players like right wing Ziggy Palffy and the return of defenseman Aki Berg. The Kings outshot Nashville 34-27, including 26-12 after two periods.
Stumpel scored on a wrist shot from the right circle at 4:10 of the first period, the Kings' second shot on goal, on assists from Luc Robitaille and Rob Blake. With the goal, Stumpel matched his power-play production of last season.
"We've got a lot different intensity this year," Robitaille said. "A lot of guys have a lot to prove."
The Kings, who are waiting for the Staples Center to open, added an insurance goal at 12:11 of the third when Stumpel found Robitaille breaking into the right post with a cross-ice pass for a 2-0 lead.
Goaltender Stephane Fiset recorded his 16th career shutout. Fiset stopped Tom Fitzgerald on a 2-on-1 and later stopped Kimmo Timonen in the first period. He also made big saves on Richard Lintner and Patrick Cote in the third. Fiset liked the shutout, but he said he really appreciated the way the Kings played.
"If we play the way we did tonight, I think we're going to have lots of wins," Fiset said.
Nashville, shut out only five times in its inaugural season, took 15 shots on goal in the final period. A shot by Joel Bouchard bounced off the left post with 1:05 left. Nashville was shut out for its second straight opener, which Fitzgerald found disappointing.
"You're in your own building for your home opener and your fans are screaming. The city's turned upside down for this one team. It's very disappointing ... It wasn't fair to them," he said.
FIRST PERIOD - SCORING: 1, Los Angeles, Stumpel 1 (Robitaille, R.Blake), 4:10 (pp).
PENALTIES: Lintner, Nas (ob.-hooking), 3:25; Lintner, Nas (holding), 6:17; Keczmer, Nas (ob.-hooking), 10:05; R.Blake, LA (ob.-holding stick), 13:08; Robitaille, LA (cross-checking), 18:27; Boughner, Nas (cross-checking), 18:27.
SECOND PERIOD - SCORING: None.
PENALTIES: Robitaille, LA (interference), 2;44; Timonen, Nas (ob.-tripping), 8:04; Keczmer, Nas (ob.-hooking), 14:05.
THIRD PERIOD - SCORING: 2, Los Angeles, Robitaille 1 (Stumpel, Murray), 12:11.
PENALTIES: Gallley, LA (hooking), 16:50.
POWER PLAY: Los Angeles 1 of 5; Nashville 0 of 3.
GOALIES: Los Angeles, Fiset 1-0-0-0 (27 shots-27 saves). Nashville, Vokoun 0-1-0-0 (34-32).
Referees: Bernard Degrasse, Dave Jackson. Linesmen: Brad Kovachik, Mark Pare.
A: 17,113 (17,113).
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