NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Toronto
(Tuesday, January 26th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 5, Toronto 3
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Jarret Stoll and Drew Doughty each had a goal and an assist as the Los Angeles Kings took a 5-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.
Jack Johnson, Ryan Smyth and Alexander Frolov each had a goal for the Kings, who have won three straight and five of six. Jonathan Quick made 25 saves while Dustin Brown had three assists.
"Our game plan was to get a lot of shots on net tonight and that's what we did," said Brown. "We got goals from five different guys and the shots were getting through. It was a good team effort tonight."
Niklas Hagman scored twice and Nikolai Kulemin had a goal for the Maple Leafs, who have dropped their past four. Jonas Gustavsson made 28 stops in the loss.
"We have to battle harder and get more pucks on the net," said Toronto defenseman Tomas Kaberle. "That has been our problem lately, getting pucks on net and getting good chances. We also have to eliminate the mistakes in the neutral zone and our own end."
The Kings grabbed a 1-0 lead with 8:33 to play in the first on the power play as Doughty's one-timer from the left point found the right corner of the net.
Toronto got the goal back 3:39 later as a simple wrister from Kulemin from the outside left circle beat Quick low to the far side.
LA again took a one-goal lead just 1:54 into the second as Brown skated around the left side of the net and fired a pass to the slot where Johnson one-timed it home.
The Leafs again tied the game at the 8:19 mark as Hagman received the puck at the right circle and took a stride down before wristing the puck home.
However, the Kings grabbed a 3-2 lead with 7:23 to play in the second. Brown checked a Toronto player along the left boards, causing a turnover that he picked up. From the left side he then dished it across to the right where Stoll one-timed it home.
Less than four minutes later, Smyth made it a 4-2 game as his wrist shot at the right circle got past Gustavsson for his 15th goal of the season.
With Gustavsson pulled for an extra attacker, the Maple Leafs won a battle around the right boards and from the low right circle Hagman roofed a wrister to make it a one-goal game.
However, with Gustavsson out of the net again the Kings were able to get the empty-netter as Frolov did the honors on a 3-on-1 break to seal the win.
The Kings continue their five-game road trip in Columbus on Thursday...Toronto plays in New Jersey on Friday...Los Angeles has won three of the last four against Toronto.
01/26 23:15:04 ET