Saturday, January 15, 2011
Kings: Doughty, Kopitar get L.A. back on track in 5-2 victory
By Dan Arritt
LOS ANGELES—In terms of streak-busters, this one was King-sized.
Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar ended lengthy goal-less streaks Saturday night and the Kings got back in the win column after losing seven of their last eight, beating the Edmonton Oilers, 5-2, at Staples Center.
Doughty scored his first goal in 13 games early in the third period, providing the Kings a two-goal cushion and bringing a sense of relief to the sold-out crowd.
Showing the form that enabled him to score 16 goals last season, Doughty scored on a solo effort, carrying the puck from just inside the red line and drilling a shot from the slot past Edmonton goalie Devan Dubnyk, his third goal of the season.
Earlier in the game, Kopitar ended a nine-game goal-less drought, the third-longest of his career.
Kings back-up goalie Jonathan Bernier steadied as the game went along. He gave up two goals on eight shots in the opening period, but turned away the next 18 for his fifth victory in 12 starts.
Jarret Stoll scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and added an empty-netter with under two minutes remaining, giving him five goals in the last five games. Marco Sturm also scored goals for Los Angeles, which plays 13 of its next 16 games on the road.
The Kings improved to 14-0-0 when leading after two periods, and ran their record to 6-0-4 in the last 10 games against the Oilers.
The victory did not come without a loss, however. Wayne Simmonds left early in the second period because of a lower-body injury and did not return. We’ll try to get an update from the locker room.