Devils dump Kings, end six-game slide

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Kyle Palmieri scored two goals, and Taylor Hall con­trib­uted three as­sists on Thurs­day as the vis­it­ing New Jersey Devils ended a six-game los­ing streak with a 6-3 vic­tory over the Los An­ge­les Kings.

Travis Zajac, Will Butcher, Nico His­chier and Blake Cole­man also col­lected goals for New Jersey. The Devils scored more than three goals for the first time since a 5-2 vic­tory over the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens on Nov 21 that was their last win be­fore Thurs­day.

Bren­dan Leip­sic, who was claimed off waivers by the Kings from the Van­cou­ver Canucks on Mon­day, scored his first goal in two games with his new team. Adrian Kempe and Kyle Clif­ford also scored for Los An­ge­les, which fell to an NHL-worst 1-16-1 when al­low­ing the first goal in a game.

Palmieri scored two goals for the first time since he had two in each of the first three games of the sea­son. Hall now has 11 points (three goals, eight as­sists) over his past seven games, but he re­mains one goal away from 200 in his NHL ca­reer.

Drew Doughty notched an as­sist on Kempe’s sec­ond-pe­riod goal, giv­ing him a Kings-record 334 as­sists for a de­fense­man, pass­ing Rob Blake on the all-time list. The hon­our came in Doughty’s 799th ca­reer game. Palmieri gave the Devils a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 13:49 of the open­ing pe­riod

with his 13th tally of the year. Less than two min­utes later, Leip­sic tied the score 1-1 with his third goal of the sea­son.

Zajac gave the Devils a 2-1 lead a mere 25 sec­onds into the sec­ond pe­riod. He scored his ninth goal unas­sisted when Kings goalie Jonathan Quick failed to clear the puck.

Af­ter Kempe scored for the Kings at 6:59 of the sec­ond pe­riod with his fourth, Palmieri gave the Devils a 3-2 lead at 10:57 when he scored from the left cir­cle af­ter drift­ing left and shoot­ing right, catch­ing Quick off bal­ance. It was Palmieri’s 14th goal of the sea­son. Butcher scored an op­por­tunis­tic goal at 12:28 of the sec­ond pe­riod, his sec­ond, when his long-dis­tance shot was redi­rected into the goal by Kings de­fense­man Dion Pha­neuf. Clif­ford cut the Devils’ lead to 4-3 when he pounced on a poor clear­ance from Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid for his fifth of the sea­son. His­chier sealed the vic­tory with just un­der nine min­utes re­main­ing when he scored his sixth goal of the sea­son. Cole­man added an empty-net goal, his ninth, with eight sec­onds re­main­ing. Kinkaid made 29 saves as he im­proved to 4-0-0 life­time against the Kings. It was just the third road vic­tory of the sea­son for New Jersey, which owns the league’s worst road mark.

Quick also made 29 saves.


Paul Byron scored two goals to lead the vis­it­ing Mon­treal Cana­di­ens to a 5-2 vic­tory over the Ot­tawa Sen­a­tors on Thurs­day. Byron recorded his sec­ond multi-goal game of the sea­son, with the first score com­ing in the af­ter­math of an Ot­tawa turnover 11:03 into the sec­ond pe­riod. Byron added an emp­tynet goal to put the game away 17:28 into the third pe­riod. Jeff Petry also had a two-point night with a goal and an as­sist for the Cana­di­ens, while An­drew Shaw scored the 100th goal of his NHL ca­reer. Bren­dan Gal­lagher also scores for Mon­treal. Mark Stone and Colin White each recorded a goal and an as­sist for the Sen­a­tors, who were un­der­manned for much of the game due to a pair of key in­juries. Matt Duch­ene didn’t re­turn af­ter sus­tain­ing a lower-body in­jury mid­way through the sec­ond pe­riod. Duch­ene ap­peared to be favour­ing his right leg on a non-con­tact rush down the ice and im­me­di­ately headed to the locker room af­ter the play ended.


New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (sec­ond left) cel­e­brates with de­fense­man Will Butcher (left) cen­tre Travis Zajac (right) and de­fense­man Ben Love­joy his goal scored against the Los An­ge­les Kings dur­ing the first pe­riod at Sta­ples Cen­ter.

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