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.

BYRON SCORES TWICE, LEADS HABS OVER SENS

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.

PIC­TURE: USA TO­DAY Sports

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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