The Los Angeles Kings ended their two-game losing streak on the strength of goals scored by Ryan Smyth, Jarret Stoll, Randy Jones, Wayne Simmonds and an empty-net goal by Justin Williams, leading the Kings past the slumping Carolina Hurricanes, 5-2, in Raleigh, North Carolina on Wednesday night.
Kings center Anze Kopitar contributed two assists, giving him thirty points on the season, leading the National Hockey League in scoring.
Jones, who was claimed off of re-entry waivers from the Philadelphia Flyers on October 29, scored his first goal with the Kings during a third-period power play, which proved to be the game-winner. Jones also contributed an assist.
Kings backup netminder Erik Ersberg got his first start in goal since October 14, when he played poorly in a 4-2 loss to the New York Rangers in New York. The victory was Ersberg’s first since December 13, 2008, a 4-1 win at Dallas. Ersberg went 0-7-3 until Wednesday’s victory.
Here are the game highlights from NHL Video on YouTube:
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