Kings crown Is­lan­ders for fourth straight win

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

The Los An­ge­les Kings have plenty of power-play goals this sea­son, and sev­eral oth­ers in the first few sec­onds af­ter a penalty ex­pired.

They struck in that sit­u­a­tion again Wed­nes­day night, when Dwight King scored late in the third pe­riod just 1 sec­ond af­ter a power play ended. He added an­other goal 25 sec­onds later, Peter Bu­daj stopped 22 shots and the Kings de­feated the New York Is­lan­ders 4-2 for their fourth con­sec­u­tive win.

“We don’t have to get a lot of power-play goals,” Anze Ko­pi­tar said. “Ob­vi­ously it helps and we would like to, but if we build good mo­men­tum off it, that helps, too. I think it was three or four, maybe even five times this year where we didn’t get the credit for the power-play goal but we scored within 5 sec­onds of the guy com­ing out of the box.”

Jake Muzzin and Alec Martinez also scored to help the Kings win their fifth straight at home.

An­ders Lee scored twice and Jaroslav Halak made 24 saves for the Is­lan­ders, who dropped to 1-5-1 on the road this sea­son.

King de­flected in Derek For­bort’s long shot for the go-ahead goal with 2:53 re­main­ing, show­ing off the all-around game that has sparked the streaky Kings.

“For­bort is sup­posed to get it through to the net, some­body is sup­posed to get in front of the net,” Los An­ge­les coach Dar­ryl Sut­ter said. “Tic-tac-toe, you put your arms in the air.”

Even Is­lan­ders coach Jack Ca­puano cred­ited the Kings with a score on spe­cial teams, say­ing the late breakdown was rep­re­sen­ta­tive of how poorly New York’s penalty kill has per­formed this sea­son.

“It’s frus­trat­ing be­cause it’s prob­a­bly one of the best games we have played com­ing into this build­ing and can’t get any re­sults,” Ca­puano said. “Just got to try to find a way to kill one at the end.”

King scored again when he and Trevor Lewis caught the Is­lan­ders on a break, and Muzzin added an empty-net­ter.

Los An­ge­les now has win­ning streaks of four, three and four games sand­wiched around los­ing streaks of three, three and four games. In the mid­dle of a stretch that sees them play eight of 10 games at Sta­ples Cen­ter, the Kings ap­pear ready cap­i­tal­ize on their cur­rent form.

“We want to stop streak­ing in the wrong di­rec­tion, but we’re on the right path now,” said Ko­pi­tar, who had an as­sist in his re­turn af­ter miss­ing five games with a hand/ wrist in­jury. “Just play­ing our style of hockey, that re­ally helps.”

Lee tied it 4:27 into the third pe­riod. He was some­how able to col­lect and back­hand in the re­bound of Travis Ha­monic’s missed shot while tan­gled up with Kings de­fense­man Matt Greene.

Lee added his third goal of the sea­son with 1:52 left to make it 4-2, but the Is­lan­ders failed in their at­tempt to string to­gether con­sec­u­tive wins away from Bar­clays Cen­ter for the first time this sea­son.

Martinez put the Kings ahead 15:34 into the first pe­riod with his fourth goal of the sea­son, tak­ing ad­van­tage of Lewis’ screen in front to beat Halak with a shot from the blue line.


Kings left wing Tan­ner Pear­son, left, con­trols the puck against New York Is­lan­ders de­fense­man Johnny Boy­chuk, right, dur­ing the sec­ond pe­riod of Wed­nes­day night’s game in Los An­ge­les.

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