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game recap

Kings 4, Senators 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

Associated Press

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Kings 4, Senators 1
Ottawa Senators 1, Los Angeles Kings 4
Three Stars of the Game
Kyle Clifford
1st
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 7
+/-: 2TOI: 8:37
Drew Doughty
2nd
G: 0Shots: 5
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 25:35
Colin Fraser
3rd
Colin Fraser
C
G: 0Shots: 0
A: 2Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 9:22

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Although every other NHL team has scored more goals than the Los Angeles Kings this season, they're still in a first-place tie in the Pacific Division.

Jonathan Quick showed the Ottawa Senators why the low-scoring Kings still have high aspirations.

Kyle Clifford had a goal and an assist, Quick made 27 saves while barely missing his seventh shutout, and Los Angeles rolled into its All-Star break with a 4-1 victory over the Senators on Monday night.

Trevor Lewis scored on a penalty shot and Jack Johnson scored during a two-man advantage for the Kings, who moved even with San Jose atop the division after earning a point for the 16th time in 18 games. Los Angeles had climbed in the standings despite managing just five regulation goals in its previous four games - and even after scoring four against Ottawa, the Kings are still last in the NHL with 111 goals.

None of it bothered Quick, who is headed to his first All-Star game appearance in style.

"We're going to have some games where we score in bunches, and we're going to have games where we have to battle it out," said Quick, who leads the NHL in shutouts and ranks among the league's best in most other statistical categories. "We're been getting points consistently in the past 15 games, so even though we have a bit of a break now, we've got to try to bottle this and bring it back."

Quick shut down the Senators' powerful lineup until captain Daniel Alfredsson's power-play goal with 11:23 to play. His teammates had already built a four-goal lead and chased Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson by breaking out of their latest scoring slump with unlikely help from Clifford, the 21-year-old player who leads the Kings in penalty minutes.

Clifford scored midway through the second period on a rebound out of a goal-mouth scramble that started with his own shot, beating Anderson for his third goal of the season. Clifford got his second multipoint game of the month and his career - and the goal completed his Gordie Howe hat trick after an early fight with Zenon Konopka, allowing Clifford to beat Kevin Westgarth to every enforcer's dream achievement.

"Me and Westy had a bet who would get it first," said Clifford, who won a porterhouse steak at a restaurant of his choice. "I've had a 52-ounce one, so we'll try to beat that. It feels good, because we've had that bet going for two years."

Willie Mitchell scored Los Angeles' first goal in the clubs' only meeting of the season. Drew Doughty and Colin Fraser had two assists apiece in the Kings' final game before an eight-day break for the All-Star weekend.

Anderson stopped 22 shots before Alex Auld replaced him to start the third period for the Senators, who lost on both of their Southern California stops during their six-game stretch away from Scotiabank Place, the site of this week's NHL All-Star festivities.

Alfredsson scored his second goal in eight games for the Senators, who wrap up their pre-break schedule Tuesday at Phoenix. Ottawa still has won 10 of 14 games since shortly after Christmas.

"They did a better job of getting to our net than we did of getting to theirs," Ottawa coach Paul MacLean said. "You can't take penalties and continue to have success killing them off, especially 5-on-3. We have to be better."

Johnson connected with a hard shot late in a 72-second stretch of 5-on-3 advantage, matching his career high with his eighth goal.

Lewis then was awarded a penalty shot when the referee apparently thought Ottawa's Chris Phillips closed his hand on the puck in the crease. Replays didn't show the alleged infraction, but Lewis scored his second goal in 40 games this season.

"I was upset because I thought I just swiped it, which is what happened," Phillips said. "One of the guys said they showed it up (on the scoreboard) and he thought he could see the puck the whole time. It's frustrating when you're struggling in the game and then you get some calls against you, but you can't let it affect you and the team. But it's tough. Emotions run high and sometimes get the best of you."

Mitchell scored his third goal of the season on a long, fluttering shot that beat Anderson to the far side of his net. Los Angeles nearly added another in the first period, but Doughty's tip in front trickled between Anderson's legs an instant after the buzzer sounded.

NOTES: Jason Spezza, Ottawa's leading scorer, was hit in the head by an errant puck during pregame warmups. Spezza left the ice but returned for the game, relieving hometown fans who expect him in the lineup for the All-Star game. ... Anderson yielded more than two goals for the first time in eight starts. ... Kings F Justin Williams extended his point streak to eight games with a second-period assist. ... Los Angeles Clippers guard Mo Williams attended the game.

scoring summary
1st Period
15:39
LAK
Willie Mitchell (3) ASST: Kyle Clifford (6), Colin Fraser (2)
1 - 0 LAK
2nd Period
11:08
LAK
Kyle Clifford (3) ASST: Colin Fraser (3), Drew Doughty (18)
2 - 0 LAK
17:54
LAK
PPG - Jack Johnson (8) ASST: Drew Doughty (19), Justin Williams (25)
3 - 0 LAK
19:27
LAK
PS - Trevor Lewis (2) ASST: NONE
4 - 0 LAK
3rd Period
08:37
OTT
PPG - Daniel Alfredsson (16) ASST: Erik Karlsson (40), Sergei Gonchar (24)
4 - 1 LAK
penalty summary
1st Period
02:51
OTT
Zenon Konopka  Fighting against  Kyle Clifford
02:51
LAK
Kyle Clifford  Fighting against  Zenon Konopka
05:00
LAK
Brad Richardson  Interference against  Zack Smith
08:12
OTT
Mark Borowiecki  Cross checking against  Brad Richardson
12:05
OTT
Nick Foligno  Hooking against  Dustin Brown
2nd Period
04:59
OTT
Nick Foligno  Slashing against  Matt Greene
12:08
LAK
Jarret Stoll  Interference - Goalkeeper against  Craig Anderson
16:16
OTT
Bobby Butler  Hooking against  Drew Doughty
17:03
OTT
Zack Smith  Tripping against  Mike Richards
3rd Period
01:14
LAK
Mike Richards  Hooking against  Bobby Butler
07:24
LAK
Kyle Clifford  Hi-sticking against  Zack Smith
10:34
LAK
Drew Doughty  Interference against  Milan Michalek
goalie stats
Alex Auld
Alex Auld
SA: 8TOI: 20:00
Saves: 8EV: 7 - 7
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: 1.000SH: 1 - 1
Craig Anderson
Craig Anderson
25-15-4
SA: 26TOI: 40:00
Saves: 22EV: 16 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .846SH: 0 - 0
Jonathan Quick
SA: 28TOI: 59:28
Saves: 27EV: 21 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .964SH: 1 - 1