NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Los Angeles
(Wednesday, October 15th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 4, Ottawa 3
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Alexander Frolov scored with 7:12 remaining in the contest, as the Los Angeles Kings scored two third-period goals to post a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators in their home-opener at the Staples Center.
Derek Armstrong, Luc Robitaille and Jozef Stumpel each scored power-play goals for the Kings, who have won three straight following a heartbreaking season- opening loss to the Detroit Red Wings. Ziggy Palffy chipped in three assists in the winning effort.
Roman Cechmanek needed to make just 13 saves for the victory, as the Kings remained undefeated in their last 10 home-openers (6-0-4). Los Angeles also continued to dominate Ottawa and improved to 5-0-1 in the last six meetings between the clubs.
Daniel Alfredsson scored a pair of power-play goals for the Senators, who capitalized on three of their seven chances with the man advantage in the first two periods.
The Kings went into the third period trailing 3-2, but Stumpel helped them tie the contest with his first goal since returning to Los Angeles prior to the season. He took a pass from Lubomir Visnovsky in the left slot and beat Senators goaltender Martin Prusek, who was making his first start of the season.
After the Kings were unable to score with a two-man advantage midway through the period, Frolov and Eric Belanger executed a give-and-go, giving Frolov some room to score on a wraparound. The youngsters first goal of the season gave the Kings their first lead of the contest.
Prusek faced 27 shots in the contest and made just 23 saves.
Alfredsson scored his first goal of the contest on the power play when he split a pair of defenders and beat Cechmanek between the pads, giving the Senators a 1-0 lead less than five minutes into the contest.
Robitaille answered with a power-play goal early in the second period to tie the score. He worked hard to station himself in front of the net and took advantage when Palffy put the puck on his stick. Robitaille did not miss and flicked the puck over the blocker of Prusek.
Two goals with the man advantage within a 1:28 span helped the Senators build a 3-1 advantage. Ottawa used Chara's size and strength to help record both goals.
On the first he screened Cechmanek, allowing Alfredsson's one-timer from the left circle to beat the netminder to the far side. Alfredsson's shot went off the right post and caromed into the net for his second goal of the contest and a 2-1 Ottawa lead.
Chara scored a goal of his own at 15:20 of the middle period, also with the man advantage. He banged home an easy goal after a nice feed from Bonk on the right doorstep.
The Kings pulled within 3-2 on Armstrong's power-play goal late in the second period.
Dustin Brown assisted on Stumpel's goal for his first career point...This was the first of a three-game road trip for the Senators...The Kings' last loss in a home-opener was on October 6, 1993 to Vancouver...The Kings were 3-for-9 with the man advantage, while Ottawa was 3-for-7 on the power play...This was the first of a season-long, seven-game homestand for Los Angeles...Visnovsky has a pair of assists in the contest...Bonk had two assists for Ottawa in the losing effort.
10/16 01:28:42 ET