Los Angeles at New York

Kings 4, Islanders 3 (SO)


UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- After the Los Angeles Kings trailed the New York Islanders for most of the night, Jack Johnson gave them a win with one shot in the shootout.

Johnson scored the only goal of the shootout in the final round as the Kings beat the Islanders 4-3 on Tuesday.

Johnson faked a forehand and got Yann Danis to move before he slipped in a backhander net to give the Kings their fourth straight win.

"He made a pretty good move," Danis said. "I tried to stack my pads, and somehow, it squeezed through."

Wayne Simmonds, Anze Kopitar and Alexander Frolov scored for the Kings. Jonathan Quick, who started his eight straight game, turned aside 22 shots.

The Kings are fighting for a playoff spot, which has made this a fun season for coach Terry Murray. Los Angeles tied for the fewest points in the NHL last season.

"This is the best time I've ever had in coaching, and I started as an assistant in 1982," Murray said. "There are a lot of good young guys on our team. It's a great dressing room, and has great chemistry."

The Islanders got regulation goals from Doug Weight, Tim Jackman and Andy Hilbert. Danis stopped 36 shots, but New York lost its third straight after a four-game winning streak.

Los Angeles opened the scoring just 2:08 into the game. Simmonds, in the left circle, took the puck from teammate Brad Richardson and ripped a quick wrist shot past Danis' short side.

The Islanders tied it at 4:53 when Mike Comrie fed Bill Guerin alone in the slot. Guerin waited for Quick to make a move, and then pushed a soft back-pass to Weight, who immediately beat Quick to the glove side.

Jackman put the Islanders up 2-1 at 4:20 of the second period with a goal from a near impossible angle. Standing along the goal line to Quick's left, Jackman threw a wrist shot toward the net that hit the post and deflected in.

The lead lasted just 67 seconds as Kopitar tied it by finishing a 2-on-1 with Patrick O'Sullivan.

"It's good that we came back a couple of times during the game and in the shootout," Kings captain Dustin Brown said. "These games are huge for us. We can't, and didn't take the Islanders lightly, because a few years ago, we were the Islanders in L.A."

Hilbert got a quick wrist shot off in the low slot and beat Quick to put the Islanders back on top at 9:50.

Frolov made it 3-3 at 6:41 of the third period when he banged in a rebound with two seconds left on a Los Angeles power play. Frolov leads the team with 22 goals.

The Islanders didn't register a shot in the period until Sean Bergenheim sent one on Quick with 7:16 left. They then killed off the last 80 seconds of overtime a man down.

"I thought we played well," Guerin said. "Los Angeles is known as being a good forechecking team, and they were, but I think we forechecked them just as well."


The Islanders have lost three straight to Los Angeles. ... The Kings wrapped up a five-game road trip (4-1), but will make two more visits to the East Coast this season.

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Los Angeles  (24-21-7) «11101 (1)4
NY Islanders (16-31-6)12000 (0)3
Three Stars
J. Johnson

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 0
A. Frolov

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
T. Jackman

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
02:08Wayne Simmonds (5), Slap Shot. Assist: Richardson, O'Donnell
04:53Doug Weight (9), Wrist Shot. Assist: Guerin, Comrie
04:20Tim Jackman (4), Snap Shot, Unassisted.
05:27Anze Kopitar (16), Wrist Shot. Assist: O'Sullivan, Frolov
09:50Andy Hilbert (9), Wrist Shot. Assist: Hunter, Witt
06:41Power Play - Alexander Frolov (22), Backhand Shot. Assist: Quincey, Stoll
 Jack Johnson (1), GOAL
Penalty Summary
06:00Witt, 2 min, Kneeing
15:51Doughty, 2 min, Holding
17:02Okposo, 2 min, Tripping
04:43Bergenheim, 2 min, Hooking
07:25Greene, 2 min, Hooking
10:16Witt, 2 min, Interference
12:57Greene, 2 min, Holding
03:40Guerin, 2 min, Hooking
Shots On Goal
Los Angeles13121136
New York117725
Jonathan Quick 65:0022330
Yann Danis 65:0036331
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Los Angeles1-for-5
NY Islanders0-for-3
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Referees - Kerry Fraser, Steve Kozari
Linesmen - Darren Gibbs, Steve Miller
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