Penguins skate past Kings in easy 4-1 win
February 1, 2014, 12:01 am TWN
LOS ANGELES -- Jussi Jokinen had a goal and two assists in the first period, Evgeni Malkin scored in the opening minute, and the Pittsburgh Penguins chased Jonathan Quick in a 4-1 victory over the struggling Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.
Chris Kunitz and Tanner Glass both scored in their second straight game for the Penguins, who opened a two-game West Coast road trip with the franchise's first regulation victory at Staples Center.
Jeff Zatkoff made 30 saves in the Eastern Conference leaders' fourth win in five games.
Anze Kopitar scored his third goal in five games for the Kings, but those are the only goals scored in the last nine days by the Kings, who have lost seven of eight.
The Kings had played their last eight games away from Staples Center, including last weekend's "home" game at Dodger Stadium. They've got a four-game homestand heading into the Olympic break, but still haven't solved their scoring woes.
Kunitz scored his career-high 27th goal and Jokinen added his 16th on the NHL's best power play in the first period.
Avalanche 5, Wild 4 Semyon Varlamov had 35 saves and John Mitchell had a goal and an assist, leading the Avalanche to the win.
Matt Duchene had two assists for Colorado. Ryan O'Reilly, Paul Stastny, Nathan MacKinnon and Maxime Talbot also scored.
It was quite a day for the 25-year-old Varlamov, who also finalized a five-year contract extension with Colorado that runs through the 2018-19 season.
The Avalanche won the season series with the Wild 4-0-1 and moved nine points ahead of them in the Central Division. Colorado has a firm grasp on third place and the final automatic playoff seed in the division.
Zach Parise had two goals and two assists and Mikael Granlund and Jason Pominville also scored for Minnesota, which went 9-4-1 in January to get into the thick of the postseason race.
Maple Leafs 6, Panthers 3 Nazem Kadri had three assists, including his 100th career point, and the Maple Leafs earned their fifth consecutive home victory.
James van Riemsdyk set a career high with his 22nd goal for Toronto, which scored five straight goals after falling behind 2-0 in the first. Joffrey Lupul, Nikolai Kulemin and Tyler Bozak each had a third-period score.
Toronto (28-21-6) has won eight of 10 overall. It was coming off a 3-2 win against Tampa Bay on Tuesday night.
Nick Bjugstad and Sean Bergenheim scored in the first for Florida (21-25-7), and Dmitry Kulikov had a third-period goal. Scott Clemmensen made 26 saves.
Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier made 35 saves, shaking off a slow start.
Devils 3, Stars 2, OT Patrik Elias scored a power-play goal 40 seconds into overtime to give New Jersey the win.
The Stars had tied the score on Tyler Seguin's goal with 52 seconds remaining in regulation.
Dainius Zubrus scored in the first period and Travis Zajac added a goal in the second to give New Jersey a 2-0 lead.
Dallas' Jamie Benn scored on a backhand at 10:52 of the second.
The Devils, allowing the fewest shots per game of any NHL team, held Dallas to a season-low 16 shots. Cory Schneider made 14 saves for his second victory over the Stars this season.
Kari Lehtonen had 21 stops for Dallas.
Flames 4, Sharks 1 Mark Giordano scored the winning goal and Karri Ramo made 27 saves as Calgary extended its winning streak to four games.
Lee Stempniak and rookie Sean Monahan also scored for the Flames, and Jiri Hudler added an empty-netter.
Eriah Hayes scored his first NHL goal for San Jose.
The Flames have their longest winning streak since reeling off five straight in March 2012, and are 4-0-0 on a five-game homestand.
The Sharks have lost three straight and scored only one goal in the skid.
Other games on Thursday:
Senators 5, Lightning 3
Canadiens 4, Bruins 1
Ducks 5, Flyers 3
Blue Jackets 5, Capitals 2
Sabres 3, Coyotes 2