NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at New Jersey
(Saturday, February 7th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 3, New Jersey 1
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Patrick O'Sullivan had a goal and an assist as the surging Los Angeles Kings slipped by the New Jersey Devils, 3-1, at Prudential Center.
Anze Kopitar and Jarret Stoll each had a goal while Jonathan Quick made 25 saves for the Kings, who have won six of their last seven to get back into the chase for a playoff spot in the Western Conference.
"It's always easier to play with the lead then to come back from a deficit", said Quick. "We really didn't give up too much in the third period. It was a great team win."
Dainius Zubrus scored the lone goal while Scott Clemmensen made 29 stops for the Devils, who had won nine of 10 coming into the game and hold a six-point lead over the Flyers and Rangers for first place in the Atlantic Division.
"They came out strong and took it to us," said Clemmensen. "We had our chances in the first period. But they just kept coming at us and we got on our heels. We didn't respond the way we needed to and dug ourselves in a hole."
The Kings drew first blood at the 10:23 mark of the second period on the power play, as a one-timer by Stoll in the high slot went through a screen set up by Dustin Brown in front of the net.
Los Angeles made it 2-0 a bit over two minutes later as Kopitar's quick shot from the left circle beat Clemmensen low to the far post.
The Kings were awarded a penalty shot with 5:23 to play when a Devil closed his hand on the puck in the crease, and O'Sullivan made it count as from down low he snapped the puck into the left corner of the net for a 3-0 advantage.
"I had a pretty good idea on what I was gonna do coming down," said O'Sullivan. "I've had some good success on shootouts in my career. It was a big goal cause obviously having a three-goal lead against this team is a lot better than having a two-goal lead."
Quick needed to make just six saves in the second frame to keep the Devils off the board.
New Jersey made it a 3-1 game with 9:19 to play in the third, as Zubrus' one- timer knuckleball in the slot made it past Quick to cut the score to 3-1.
However, New Jersey was unable to score again despite pulling the goaltender and skating the last 1:05 of the game with a power play.
The Devils almost took a 1-0 lead while on the power play at the 4:07 mark of the first, but the puck was ruled to have been kicked in and after a replay the goal was waived off.
After 20 minutes of play, the game was scoreless as Quick made 13 saves while Clemmensen stopped 12 shots.
The Kings wrap up their five-game road trip at the Islanders on Tuesday...The Devils host the Rangers on Sunday...New Jersey defenseman Colin White was out of the lineup due to an injury he suffered in Friday's 5-1 win over Atlanta...Los Angeles had lost four of its last five to the Devils coming into the game and won in New Jersey for the first time since January 7, 2002, having dropped its previous two games there...The Kings went 1-for-5 on the power play while the Devils went 0-for-4.
02/07 22:38:43 ET