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Kopitar, Williams combine for six points as Kings continue to roll

Oct 20, 2013, 2:18 AM EST

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The Los Angeles Kings are on fire, and they have their veteran core to thank.

Paced by a combined six points from Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams, the Kings knocked off Dallas 5-2 at the Staples Center on Saturday night, earning their fifth win in their last six games while moving three points back of San Jose for tops in the Pacific Division.

L.A. did the business despite falling behind 1-0 in the first period on Tyler Seguin‘s fourth goal of the season. The Kings responded to Seguin’s tally with two goals from Williams — scored in a five-minute span at the end of the frame — and seized control in the third on goals from Drew Doughty, Kyle Clifford and Matt Greene.

While Williams and Kopitar paved the way with three points each, they were hardly L.A.’s lone offensive weapons on the night.

The Kings got multi-point efforts from Doughty, Greene and Jake Muzzin to successfully open a four-game homestand at Staples, and are now looking like one of the NHL’s hottest clubs.

L.A. has lost just once since suffering back-to-back defeats to Winnipeg and the New York Rangers at the beginning of the year. Those losses were followed by wins against Ottawa, Carolina and Florida — then a 5-1 defeat in Tampa Bay.

The Kings rebounded sharply since that loss to the Lightning, though, beating Nashville 2-1 in a shootout on Thursday then knocking off the Stars on Saturday.

  1. Anoesis - Oct 20, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Good to see the boys awake this early in the season, instead of having to rouse themselves late and fight for a playoff spot.

    The PK has been very good and it needs to be with some of the stupid penalties being taken.

    That first period fight between Dallas’ Roussel and the Kings’ Carcillo (http://www.hockeyfights.com/fights/118714) looked like a deep-sea fishing expedition. Roussel was jerking Carcillo around by the mouth like a marlin.

  2. blomfeld - Oct 20, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    DEALEY PLAZA … LA KINGS STYLE !

    Friends … when fired upon last night, not only did our royal motorcade stop to return fire, but as well we called in an air strike and blew that ‘rat infested’ grassy knoll right into kingdom come ! You gotta love that eh ? :) Anyway, even though we’re only 9 x games into this new campaign, I’m now ‘fully’ confident that we’re finally on the march ! Next up are those Canadian Oil Sheiks from Calgary on Monday … and man are we ever going to have those idiots running like a bunch of scared camels ! … good times :)

    GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • slysipops - Oct 21, 2013 at 1:05 AM

      as BLOMFELD SAYS it’s only 9 games in the season …..and is it …………….

      • blomfeld - Oct 21, 2013 at 11:05 AM

        2012 – SC Champions

        2013 – finished 3rd, losing ‘only’ to eventual SC winner Chicago

        2014 – already looking like one of the NHL’s ‘hottest’ clubs (Mike Halford @ PHT)

        trust me Slysipops, that’s hardly the stuff of some illusion or ‘make believe’ … on the contrary, that my friend is called ‘reality’ and there’s positively ‘nothing’ that’s going to stop us this year from recapturing ‘that’ which is ours ! … even your beloved Blackhawks ! :)

        GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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