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New York
Islanders
40-30-12
Los Angeles
Kings
27-41-14

25 SOG
40 SOG
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NYI
LAK
game recap

Kings 4, Islanders 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

Associated Press

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Kings 4, Islanders 2
New York Islanders 2, Los Angeles Kings 4

LOS ANGELES (AP) -The New York Islanders thought Brent Sopel didn't have anything more to give them, so they traded him to the Los Angeles Kings.

Sopel got a measure of payback on Tuesday night, scoring the go-ahead goal on a power play with 6 seconds left in the second period to lead the Kings to a 4-2 victory.

The goal was Sopel's second in three games, matching his entire total in 68 games last season with the Islanders and Kings. Los Angeles acquired him in a trade with New York on March 8, and he played in 11 games for the Kings before undergoing surgery on his right knee in May.

"Last year was miserable. Getting these two points against them was a little bit sweeter, for sure," Sopel said. "There were a lot of things wrong there, and I was happy to get out of there and go to an organization like L.A."

Michael Cammalleri and Tom Kostopoulos scored first-period goals and Dan Cloutier made 23 saves for the Kings. Alexander Frolov added a power-play goal with 17 seconds remaining in the game, jamming a rebound past goalie Rick DiPietro.

Richard Park and Alexei Yashin scored for the Islanders, who are off to a franchise-worst 0-3 start.

The Kings snapped a 2-2 tie with 3 seconds left on Yashin's hooking penalty. Oleg Tverdovsky threw the puck into the slot from the right circle and Sopel one-timed it over DiPietro's glove with heavy traffic in front of the crease.

"We did it to ourselves," New York's Brendan Witt said. "We have to be more disciplined out there. We keep talking about it, but I think we refuse to get it into our heads and do it. We're not going to get this thing fixed until we stop taking these selfish penalties that cost us games. You've got to move your feet in this game. It's a speed game now. It's not old-time hockey where you clutch and grab. They're calling that stuff now."

The Islanders nearly tied it with 2 minutes to play, but former Kings left wing Jason Blake hit the right post from short range. The play was reviewed and the Kings escaped with the two points.

Cammalleri tied it 1-all at 9:47 with a 30-foot wrist shot after skating across the blue line with a pass from Derek Armstrong. Kostopoulos then converted a rebound of Sopel's wrist shot at 17:36 after defenseman Tom Poti's backhanded clearing pass didn't make it out of the Islanders' zone.

"We don't think it was our best effort, but we got the win," Kings defenseman Aaron Miller said. "We would have loved to have gotten that fourth goal a little earlier, but they kind of stayed in it the whole game and they battled hard. But we need a better 60-minute effort than that."

Yashin tied it 38 seconds before intermission with his first goal of the season, a 40-foot slap shot that broke off Cloutier's glove and dribbled across the goal line with the teams skating 4-on-4.

The Islanders converted their first shot on net 76 seconds after the opening faceoff, as Park's one-timer from the left circle found a crack of daylight between Cloutier's arm and the left post after Shawn Bates centered the puck out from behind the net.

Notes: Kings coach Marc Crawford, who won the Jack Adams Trophy as the NHL's top coach in 1994-95 with the Quebec Nordiques, tied Adams for 15th place on the career victory list with his 413th. ... DiPietro made 35 saves. ... The Islanders were 0-for-7 on the power play and the Kings were 2-for-12 ... The teams had not faced each other since Feb. 16, 2004, a 1-1 tie at Nassau Coliseum. ... The Islanders conclude their season-opening four-game road trip Wednesday night at Anaheim.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:16
NYI
Richard Park (1) ASST: Shawn Bates (1), Jason Blake (1)
1 - 0 NYI
09:47
LAK
Mike Cammalleri (2) ASST: Derek Armstrong (2), Oleg Tverdovsky (1)
1 - 1 Tie
17:36
LAK
Tom Kostopoulos (1) ASST: Brent Sopel (1)
2 - 1 LAK
19:22
NYI
Alexei Yashin (1) ASST: Viktor Kozlov (1), Alexei Zhitnik (1)
2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
19:54
LAK
PPG - Brent Sopel (2) ASST: Oleg Tverdovsky (2), Craig Conroy (1)
3 - 2 LAK
3rd Period
19:43
LAK
PPG - Alex Frolov (2) ASST: Dustin Brown (2), Anze Kopitar (4)
4 - 2 LAK
penalty summary
1st Period
02:48
LAK
Scott Thornton  Holding against  Arron Asham
08:09
LAK
Anze Kopitar  Hooking against  Alexei Zhitnik
09:31
NYI
Chris Simon  Interference on goalkeeper against  Dan Cloutier
11:01
NYI
Shawn Bates  Hooking against  Anze Kopitar
13:55
NYI
Tom Poti  Holding against  Scott Thornton
14:27
LAK
Derek Armstrong  Hooking against  Radek Martinek
18:40
NYI
Radek Martinek  Interference against  Sean Avery
18:43
LAK
Mike Cammalleri  Boarding against  Sean Hill
2nd Period
04:35
NYI
Brendan Witt  Roughing against  Sean Avery
04:35
NYI
Brendan Witt  Cross checking against  Sean Avery
04:35
LAK
Sean Avery  Slashing against  Brendan Witt
08:25
NYI
Tom Poti  Cross checking against  Alex Frolov
11:48
LAK
Sean Avery  Unsportsmanlike conduct
15:33
NYI
Radek Martinek  Holding against  Derek Armstrong
17:58
NYI
Alexei Yashin  Hooking against  Dustin Brown
3rd Period
01:24
NYI
Miroslav Satan  Holding
09:14
LAK
Oleg Tverdovsky  Hooking against  Richard Park
12:15
LAK
Derek Armstrong  Roughing against  Andy Hilbert
13:44
NYI
Alexei Yashin  Hooking against  Rob Blake
18:16
NYI
Alexei Yashin  Interference against  Brent Sopel
19:43
NYI
Brendan Witt  Cross checking
goalie stats
Rick DiPietro
Rick DiPietro
SA: 40TOI: 59:54
Saves: 36EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 17 - 19
SV%: .900SH: 0 - 0
Dan Cloutier
SA: 25TOI: 59:53
Saves: 23EV: 14 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .920SH: 2 - 2