NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at New Jersey|
(Sunday, January 31st)
Final Score: Los Angeles 3, New Jersey 2
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Drew Doughty's power-play goal with 27.3 seconds
left capped a late Los Angeles comeback as the Kings took a 3-2 win over the
New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center.
Trailing by two goals late in the game, the Kings made it a one-goal affair as
Wayne Simmonds' backhand shot from the left boards found its way through a
small opening between the legs of Ryan Smyth and Martin Brodeur with 1:46 to
Moments later, Andy Greene was called for tripping and the Kings were able to
take the lead as Doughty's slap shot from the high slot found its way through
a lane and past Brodeur for a 3-2 lead with just 27.3 remaining.
The Kings controlled the ensuing faceoff and the were able to kill off the
rest of the clock before New Jersey had a chance to try and tie the game.
"Quite a few times we've come back from two-goal deficits...There's not a
doubt on anyone's mind on the bench," Kings goalie Jonathan Quick said.
Michal Handzus scored the other goal while Quick stopped 26 shots for the
Kings, who went perfect on a five-game road trip and have won six straight,
Johnny Oduya and Travis Zajac each had a goal for the Devils, who have dropped
seven of their last 10 games. Brodeur stopped 19 shots in the loss.
"For the most part we played a good game," said Brodeur. "But a couple of
breakdowns and the puck was in our net. It was a tough one to lose. We had our
chances in the third on the power play, but we didn't do anything with it and
we let them hang around."
The Devils got on the board just 4:45 into the contest as Oduya's shot from
the top of the left circle hit off the skate of a King and slid past Quick.
Just under six minutes into the second, New Jersey made it a 2-0 game. On a
give-and-go with Dainius Zubrus, Zajac got the puck back and blasted a slap
shot from the right circle that beat Quick cleanly for his 16th goal of the
The Kings, though, cut their deficit in half with just 29 seconds left in the
second as a backhand pass from Scott Parse behind the left side of the net was
tapped in by Handzus.
The Devils play in Toronto on Tuesday...The Kings host the Rangers on
Tuesday...Los Angeles went 1-for-4 on the power play while New Jersey failed
to score on any of its three chances...It's the first six-game win streak for
the Kings since March 11-23, 2002.
01/31 23:43:15 ET