LOS ANGELES (AP) – Matt Roy and Trevor Moore scored a goal and a pass, while the Los Angeles Kings defeated the New York Islanders 5-2 on Saturday night and won for the fifth time in a row.
Philip Dano, Quinton Byfield and Brendan Lemieux also scored goals, and Cal Petersen made 26 saves. Los Angeles is 9-1-2 in the last 12 games.
Semyon Varlamov launched four goals from 34 shots in his first start on 2 February. Anders Lee and Jean-Gabriel Pago scored, but the Islanders spent a series of four games in a row, earning a point.
Matthew Barzal and Zden Chara missed the third period due to injuries for the Islanders, who scored two goals from five 7:51 shots from the start.
The situation worsened by 56 seconds of the second period when Cal Clatterback scored a puck into his own goal in a clean-up in the defensive zone and put the Kings ahead 3-0. Gough allowed Byfield to take credit for his second career goal.
The second row of Danault, Trevor Moore and Victor Arvidson continued the hot ride, bringing Los Angeles ahead with a score of 3:43. Danaolt has scored for the fifth time in seven games, while Moore has five points in his last four games after scoring an empty net 17 seconds before the end.
Roy had fun scoring his first goal of the season for a one-time Kopitar goal and making it 2-0.
Lee got New York on the board in the middle of the second, but any lift from his 14th goal was erased when Matthew Barzal injured his left leg with a score of 8:11.
Barzal was unable to load his leg after Danot fell on him along the boards. Barzal returned for one shift, but immediately returned to the dressing room. He leads the team with 25 assists and is third with 12 goals.
Chara missed the final 9:25 second after hitting central Kings Blake Lizot and was not on the bench in the third.
NOTES: The Kings beat the Islanders 35-28, the 20th game in a row in which they scored more goals than the opposition. This is the fifth longest series since the NHL began tracking throws in the 1959-60 season. … Kopitar got his 50th point of the season by joining Marcel Dion, Dave Taylor and Butch Goring as the fourth King, scoring at least 50 points in nine consecutive seasons. … Kings general manager Rob Blake hopes Alexander Edler, who broke his ankle on December 11, can return by the end of March.
Islanders: Anaheim on Sunday night.
Kings: Boston hosts Monday night.
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