Kings Set Club Record With 8-0 Start At Home, Top Isles 5-1
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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Anze Kopitar had two goals and an assist, Dustin Brown scored on a penalty shot and the Los Angeles Kings handed the New York Islanders their 10th straight loss, 5-1 on Saturday night. Justin Williams scored for the sixth time in seven games, defenseman Drew Doughty got his first goal of the season and Jonathan Quick made 18 saves for the Kings, who set a franchise record by opening 8-0 at home.
Los Angeles won its first seven home games in 1975-76 and 1980-81. The Kings’ longest home winning streak overall is 12, during the 1992-93 campaign. The victory concluded the second 5-0 homestand in club history. The other was in November 1990.
Los Angeles hasn’t lost to the Islanders in regulation since Feb. 15, 2003, when Arron Asham had two goals in New York’s 3-2 win at Staples Center. This is the Islanders’ ninth double-digit winless streak. Their longest was during their inaugural 1972-73 season, when they were
0-12 with three ties. They won their next game, then followed that with 12 straight losses. Rob Schremp scored for the Islanders, who ended a season-opening 17-game stretch in which 12 of them were on the road. Only two of those away games resulted in victories, against Toronto and Tampa Bay. They have totaled just eight goals over their last eight games, three of them on power plays.
Overall this season, they have been outscored 40-16 when skating 5-on-5. For the ninth time during the Islanders’ victory drought, they gave up the first goal _ and it came on the Kings’ first shot on net. Davis Drewiske’s slap shot from the right point struck teammate Dustin Brown, but Kopitar played the carom and beat Dwayne Roloson to the glove side at the 1:23 mark. Kopitar, who led Los Angeles last season with a career-high 34 goals, made it 2-0 at 5:02 with his sixth of the season for his 300th NHL point. At that point, Islanders coach Scott Gordon burned his only timeout to settle his team. Schremp responded with his first goal of the season just 37 seconds later, beating Quick to the glove side with a wrist shot from the middle of the right circle. But the Kings restored their two-goal margin at 3:15 of the second period. Jack Johnson’s screened wrist shot from just inside the blue line glanced off teammate Jarret Stoll and Roloson made the stop. But he again had difficulty smothering the rebound, and Williams scored his eighth goal to extend his point streak to nine games tying a career best. Brown made it 4-1 with his eighth goal, after defenseman Mark Eaton set up the penalty shot by taking down the Kings’ captain from behind on a breakaway with 12:14 to play.
The Kings killed off all five New York power plays, extending their streak of successful penalty kills to 22. Los Angeles has a league-best 92.2 percentage in that department, and has not allowed a power-play goal in 30 short-handed situations at home this season the only team with that distinction.
Notes: Quick’s 10-1-0 record represents the best start by a Kings goalie since 1992-93, the only season that the franchise made it to the Stanley Cup finals. Robb Stauber began that season 9-1 with a tie. … Islanders G Rick DiPietro, whose comeback season has started out with a 2-3-2 record and 4.21 goals-against average, was the backup for the fifth straight game. He is 63-58-18 with a
2.79 GAA since signing a 15-year, $67.5 million contract in September 2006 _ which at the time was the longest in NHL history. DiPietro was limited to 13 games over the previous two seasons because of operations on both knees and hips. … Roloson, the oldest goalie in the league at 41, has 192 career wins _ the lowest total among the nine goalies who have played in the NHL after their
41st birthday and appeared in more than 10 games during their careers. The next-lowest total is Eddie Johnston’s 234.
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