LOS ANGELES — Randy Jones, Brad Richardson and Wayne Simmonds scored a goal each and Drew Doughty scored the game-winner late in the second period to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 6-3 win over the Ottawa Senators in front of an announced crowd of 14,997 fans at Staples Center on Thursday night.
Justin Williams added two goals late in the third period to seal the victory for the Kings, who were generally outplayed by the Senators for the majority of the game.
Simmonds goal came on a penalty shot at 17:24 of the first period.
NOTES: the Kings have now won four of their last five games and are seven games above .500 for the first time since 2005-06; this is the best Kings 29-game start since 1999-00 (15-7-6-1 = 37 points); the Kings are tied for the seventh-best 29-game start in franchise history (also 17-10-2 in 1975-76); Doughty has scored seven goals and has added fourteen assists for 21 points this season. Last year, Doughty scored six goals with 21 assists for 27 points; four of Doughty’s seven goals have come on the power play; Doughty now has three game-winning goals, tied with Michal Handzus for the team lead; Simmonds extended his career-high point streak to five games with four goals and two assists for six points in that span; the Kings are now 14-41 all-time on penalty shots; Williams had his second three-point game of the season; Handzus is 39-53 on face-offs in the last three games (73.6%); the Kings are 11-0-0 when leading after two periods and are 13-3-2 when scoring first.
Audio Interviews (raw, unedited)
Brad Richardson (1:18)
Anze Kopitar (4:25)
Randy Jones (1:55)
Terry Murray (7:34)
Teddy Purcell (2:11)
Wayne Simmonds (5:52)
Game highlights from NHL Video on YouTube:
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