Final OT

Series (Game 1 of 1)

Series starts 2/16

Game 1: Monday, February 16th
Kings1Final
OT
Islanders1

Kings 1

(22-16-7, 65 pts)

Islanders 1

(27-21-2, 64 pts)

12:00 PM ET, February 16, 2004

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York

1 2 3 OT T
LA 0 1 0 01
NYI 0 0 1 01

R. DiPietro (Islanders - G): Saves: 29, Save Pct.: .967

C. Huet (Kings - G): Saves: 36, Save Pct.: .973

A. Asham (Islanders - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

L.A. moves to sixth place in the West

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- The Los Angeles Kings were pleased to finish their seven-game road trip with another point.

Arron Asham scored early in the third period and Rick DiPietro stopped 29 shots, rallying the New York Islanders to a 1-1 tie with the Los Angeles Kings on Monday.

"For us to get a point walking in here at the end of a seven-game road trip is good," Kings coach Andy Murray said. "We knew they were going to be tough, but we battled hard."

Trent Klatt scored in the second period for the Kings, who have earned points in 10 of their last 11 games (4-1-4-2), including eight overtime contests. They finished their trip with eight points (2-1-2-2).

The tie moved Los Angeles into sixth place in the Western Conference, one point ahead of Dallas.

Cristobal Huet stopped 36 shots for Los Angeles.

"Huet was outstanding," Murray said. "He was a key part of our game."

The Islanders had two good scoring chances in the first period, but Michael Peca's shot hit the crossbar and Oleg Kvasha's shot clanged off the right post with less than two minutes remaining.

"When the posts are on your side, that's good," Huet said. "A little luck like that helps."

Klatt scored 90 seconds into the second period, grabbing a rebound of Joe Corvoa's shot from the left point and beating DiPietro.

Asham tied the score 50 seconds into the third when he one-timed a pass from Trent Hunter past Huet.

The Kings managed just three shots on a two-man advantage for 1:54 late in the third period.

The Islanders outshot the Kings 8-1 in overtime. Los Angeles hit the post late in the extra period.

"The five-on-three definitely got the crowd into it," DiPietro said of the 15,369 who attended the game. "It was a dull game until then. After that, we poured it on."

The Islanders got a scare with about 11{ minutes left when Hunter and Kings defenseman Brad Norton hit knees. Hunter, the team leader with 22 goals, left the ice, but returned later.

"It was a bit scary," Hunter said. "Right now, it's a little sore. We'll see how it is (Tuesday). I don't think he was trying to hurt me."

Norton agreed he wasn't trying to hurt Hunter.

"He just shot it, and turned at the last second," Norton said. "I was trying to hit his shoulder, but he made that turn and I couldn't move in time. I had no intention to hurt him."

The Islanders outshot the Kings 8-1 in overtime. Los Angeles hit the post late in the extra period, and a shot tipped by Luc Robitaille went over the net. ^Notes:@ Islanders forward Michael Peca appeared in his 600th NHL game. ... Los Angeles easily leads the man-games lost to injury category 481. ... Kings coach Andy Murray is nine games away from tying the franchise record for games coached. Murray has 387 and trails Bob Pulford's 396. Murray is six victories short of Pulford's record of 178. ... The Islanders haven't lost to a Pacific Division team in five games this season, going 3-0-2-0. The Kings are 2-1-1-2 against the Atlantic Division.

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