Kings defeat Senators for sixth straight win

OTTAWA, ON – You’ve got to be sharp early.

No time was wasted this afternoon in regards to the Kings getting their offense churning en route to their sixth consecutive win, downing the Ottawa Senators 5-2 today at the Canadian Tire Centre.

Dwight King buried the first shot of the game for the Kings, beating Ottawa’s Craig Anderson just :21 seconds into the contest for his eighth goal of the season, giving the Kings an early 1-0 lead.

That only got the ball rolling.

Less than four minutes later, Jeff Carter followed suit, giving the Kings a 2-0 lead 4:18 into the game with his ninth goal of the campaign.

The Kings’ two early goals came on their first four shots of the game, forcing Senators coach Paul McLaren to pull starting goaltender Craig Anderson before he was able to see five minutes of action.

Anze Kopitar potted the Kings’ third goal of the first period and his 10th goal of the season, beating Robin Lehner with 7:04 remaining in the first frame.

The Kings held the Senators scoreless in the first period, and have now held opponents scoreless in the first period in their last 18 games.

Ottawa cut the Kings lead to one with a Joe Corvo goal in the second period, and an Erik Karlsson tally early in the third period.

The Kings were able to recover and fight through Ottawa’s comeback efforts, as Jarret Stoll gave the Kings a two-goal lead with his fourth goal of the season with just 6:42 remaining in the game. Stoll pounced on a rebound after Drew Doughty went end-to-end on a marvelous offensive zone rush.

Anze Kopitar sealed the deal with 3:18 remaining, giving the Kings a 5-2 lead on the power play, sending home a beautiful pass from Dwight King.

Martin Jones was spectacular once again; making 37 saves on 39 Senators shots. Jones is now 5-0-0 with a .967SV% and a 0.99GAA in his five consecutive starts.

Four different players scored for the Kings, and seven players recorded at least one point. Dwight King had one of his best performances of the season, recording three points (1G, 2A) in today’s win.

Slava Voynov, with an assist today, now has three points (3A) in his last three games. Jarret Stoll has six points (2G, 4A) in his last six games.

The Kings now hold a 22-7-4 record, good for 48 points, and sit at third-place in the Western Conference.

The club is now on it’s way back to the United States, and will face-off with the NHL’s best Chicago Blackhawks Sunday afternoon at 4:00PM
Scoring Summary
1st Period
00:21LAK Dwight King (8) ASST: Jeff Carter (7), Jake Muzzin (11) 1 - 0 LAK
04:18LAK Jeff Carter (9) ASST: NONE 2 - 0 LAK
12:56LAK Anze Kopitar (10) ASST: Slava Voynov (11), Dwight King (5) 3 - 0 LAK
2nd Period
13:51OTT Joe Corvo (3) ASST: Cory Conacher (6), Jason Spezza (18) 3 - 1 LAK
3rd Period
04:24OTT Erik Karlsson (9) ASST: Kyle Turris (19), Patrick Wiercioch (10) 3 - 2 LAK
13:18LAK Jarret Stoll (4) ASST: Drew Doughty (11), Jake Muzzin (12) 4 - 2 LAK
16:42LAK PPG - Anze Kopitar (11) ASST: Dwight King (6), Jeff Carter (8) 5 - 2 LAK
Three Stars of the Game
Dwight King
Dwight King
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 16:42
Anze Kopitar
Anze Kopitar
G: 2Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 20:48
Drew Doughty
Drew Doughty
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 4
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 3TOI: 26:02
Penalty Summary
1st Period
07:17LAK Willie Mitchell  Hooking against  Zack Smith
17:44OTT Jason Spezza  Holding against  Dustin Brown
2nd Period
05:48OTT Eric Gryba  Hi-sticking against  Dustin Brown
08:02LAK Dustin Brown  Roughing against  Erik Karlsson
3rd Period
00:47LAK Drew Doughty  Tripping against  Zack Smith
15:20OTT Joe Corvo  Holding against  Tyler Toffoli
18:52OTT Zack Smith  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Daniel Carcillo
18:52LAK Daniel Carcillo  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Zack Smith
19:19LAK Jake Muzzin  Interference against  Mika Zibanejad
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/30/4
Faceoff Wins3330
Blocked Shots1414
Penalty Minutes108
6J. MuzzinD0232223:12
8D. DoughtyD0131226:02
10M. RichardsC0001014:31
11A. KopitarC2022020:48
13K. CliffordL0000013:42
14J. WilliamsR0015016:47
17D. CarcilloL00-1127:25
22T. LewisC00-1009:37
23D. BrownR0012215:33
26S. VoynovD01-12025:00
27A. MartinezD0001012:43
28J. StollC1013018:01
33W. MitchellD000028:55
44R. RegehrD00-10022:14
71J. NolanC00-1006:58
73T. ToffoliC0001013:45
74D. KingL1222016:42
77J. CarterC1223020:19
31M. Jones3739.94959:57
4C. PhillipsD00-33020:01
5C. CeciD00-32017:57
6B. RyanR0011014:38
7K. TurrisC0112015:09
9M. MichalekL00-21015:37
14C. GreeningC00-12016:14
15Z. SmithC00-22216:41
16C. MacArthurL0010016:13
19J. SpezzaC0109217:58
22E. CondraR0002012:36
25C. NeilR00-11014:39
44J. PageauC00-1109:53
46P. WierciochD0111018:37
62E. GrybaD0000218:01
65E. KarlssonD1015024:23
77J. CorvoD1003219:29
89C. ConacherC0103010:43
93M. ZibanejadC00-21014:41
40R. Lehner1922.86455:42
41C. Anderson24.5004:18