Rookie goaltender Martin Jones stopped 16 New York shots for his
second consecutive victory as the Kings beat the Islanders 3-0 on
After the Kings defeated the Anaheim Ducks in a nine-round shootout
on Tuesday, coach Darryl Sutter gave Jones a second chance between
the pipes despite having Ben Scrivens lead the team out of the
pregame warm-up, usually an indication of the game's starting
Sutter's moves are paying off big for the Kings as they keep pace in
the NHL's Pacfiic Division with the Ducks and San Jose Sharks. He
has flipped line combinations regularly and placed Jones in net
despite Scrivens' strong play.
"I thought he was really solid," Sutter said. "He had some big saves
for us. He really held us in there the first period. I thought he
Though he was tested far less than his first game, Jones kept the
Islanders off the board.
"It's good. I mean any time you win, it's a good feeling," Jones
said. "It wasn't a ton of work early, but they had some zone time,
so I was able to get in the game. I thought we got better as the
game went on."
The Kings improved to 19-7-4 and extended a club record by allowing
two or fewer goals in 15 straight games. The offense produced goals
from center Anze Kopitar and wingers Dustin Brown and Tyler Toffoli.
Goaltender Kevin Poulin stopped 21 shots for the Islanders, who lost
their ninth straight game (8-17-5). That increased speculation that
coach Jack Capuano is in danger of being replaced with former
Islanders coach Peter Laviolette and current assistant coach Doug
Capuano addressed his team's slide and blamed its lack of offense
but not its effort.
"To me, I know what our record is, it is what it is," Capuano said.
"It's not like we're getting dominated in these games. They scored
on a one-on-four and they scored on a wraparound. If we're not going
to score any goals, it's going to be tough for us."
Winger Kyle Okposo tried to put a positive spin on an increasing
deteriorating situation in the Islanders' dressing room.
"We played well for 30 minutes and then kind of shot ourselves in
the foot a little bit," Okposo said, "but we were right in the game.
At the end of the day, we've got to find a way to win because this
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Kopitar gave Los Angeles the lead after nearly 30 minutes
with his eighth goal of the season at 12:08 of the second
period. Kings defenseman Alec Martinez banked a pass off the
right boards from his own zone, Kopitar picked it up in stride
and beat Poulin with a cross-body slap shot.
The Islanders' best chance to even the score came midway through
the third period off a turnover, when Kings center Mike
Richards' errant pass wound up on the stick of center Casey
Cizikas, but Jones kicked away his shot from the slot.
Brown gave the Kings an insurance goal with a wraparound shot
off a pass from Jarret Stoll at 10:37 of the third period.
Justin Williams added the secondary assist for his 21st point of
Toffoli added an empty-net goal with 1:04 remaining to seal the
victory with assists from Richards and defenseman Drew Doughty.
The teams played an uneventful scoreless opening 20 minutes with
both sides failing to capitalize on one power-play opportunity.
The Kings got a second power-play chance at the start of the
second period when Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald hooked
Kings center Linden Vey. Los Angeles only managed two shots on
goal and failed to score on its 27th consecutive power-play over
their last eight games.
New York got its second opportunity with the extra man when Los
Angeles center Jarret Stoll held Islanders defenseman Travis
Hamonic at 6:28 of the second period. The Islanders had a great
opportunity to get on the board first, but winger Thomas Vanek
whiffed in close off a feed from center John Tavares.
NOTES: New York scratched D Radek Martinek, C Peter Regin and LW
Eric Boulton. ... The Islanders will finish their western swing
with back-to-back games in Anaheim and San Jose on Sunday and
Monday. ... Islanders rookie C Brock Nelson dressed after being
a healthy scratch for three straight games. ... LW Kyle
Clifford, LW Daniel Carcillo and D Jeff Schultz did not dress
for Los Angeles. ... Kings D Matt Greene, presently on long-term
injured reserve, continues to practice with the team and is
close to returning to the active roster. ... Los Angeles embarks
on a four-game, six-day road trip starting Tuesday in Montreal.
Its record away from the Staples Center is 9-3-2.
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