NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at NY Islanders|
(Tuesday, February 10th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 4, NY Islanders 3 (SO)
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Jack Johnson was the only player to score in
the shootout, as the Los Angeles Kings took a 4-3 victory over the New York
After the first five players in the shootout were unsuccessful, Johnson skated
in and made a little move to his right. It got Islanders goaltender Yann Danis
going in the same direction, which allowed Johnson to shift quickly back to
his left and tuck a shot into the net for the win.
"I like the way how we're coming together," said Kings coach Terry Murray.
"We're a young hockey club and trying to figure this game out and digging in
every night. It's a tremendous way of challenging the team when you get on the
road like this."
Alexander Frolov, Wayne Simmonds and Anze Kopitar each lit the lamp once in
regulation for the Kings, while Jonathan Quick made 22 saves in the win. Los
Angeles wrapped up its five-game road trip with a 4-1-0 record, having won the
final four contests.
Andy Hilbert, Doug Weight and Tim Jackman had a goal apiece for the Islanders,
while Danis stopped 36 shots in the loss. New York lost for the third
consecutive game, having lost each game by a single goal.
"Obviously a shootout gives us a pretty good opportunity," said Hilbert. "Each
team will get an opportunity to win, but a loss is a loss. I thought everyone
played well, but it's a tough loss."
Simmonds got the Kings on the scoreboard just 2:08 into the game, but the
Islanders quickly evened the contest. On a rush, Bill Guerin left a drop pass
for Weight, who slapped it past Quick at 4:53.
Jackman tallied just 4:20 into the middle period, and after Kopitar got his
16th goal of the season just 67 seconds later, Hilbert gave New York a 3-2
lead just short of the midway point.
The Islanders maintained the lead into the third, but Frolov's team-leading
22nd goal of the season on the power play evened up the score once again.
The clubs had several chances as time winded down, from rushes and counter-
rushes, but neither could crack the scoreboard and the game went to overtime.
The Kings got a power play with 1:20 remaining when Guerin was called for
hooking on an LA rush after his pass was intercepted. Los Angeles had several
quality chances near the end, including when Dustin Brown had the puck on the
doorstep in the closing moments. But Danis kept the puck out of the net and
the game went to a shootout.
The Islanders haven't won a shootout/overtime game since a 4-3 shootout win
over Montreal on November 24. Since then, New York has had four losses in
extra time...The Kings went 1-for-5 on power plays, while the Islanders went
0-for-3...Los Angeles has won the last three meetings with the Islanders.
02/11 00:11:51 ET