The Los Angeles Kings extended their road winning streak to 8 games by sweeping their 3 game Eastern swing with a nice 3-2 win over the Metropolitan Division leading Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Penguins held the high-powered offense to 2 goals and NHL leading scorer Sidney Crosby to just 1 assist in a solid defensive effort after allowing 4 to the Capitals on Tuesday.
Jeff Carter opened the scoring late in the first period, tipping a Marian Gaborik shot past Jeff Zatkoff on a Kings’ power play. Alec Martinez fired a rocket to get the Kings a 2 goal lead just as a Penguins penalty was expiring 7 minutes into the second frame.
A two goal lead most night for the Kings is more than enough but they weren’t able to shut down the Penguins all night, as 34 seconds after Martinez scored, a nice entry into the Kings zone led to Chris Kunitz picking up a loose puck in the crease and banging it home past Jones. Jones allowed a goal he would like to have back as Taylor Pyatt shot from the boards hit Jones in the shoulder and bounced in the air and ended up bouncing into the net to tie it up before the second period was over.
Dustin Brown carried the puck into the Penguins zone and left a drop pass on a tee that Doughty blasted home for the winner 3:51 into the third. Tanner Pearson also got an assist on the goal, his first career helper.
The Kings hope to bring some of that road success back home, as they host the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night at Staples Center. LA was 2-3 on their most recent home stand, but won the last 2 and are now riding a 5 game winning streak overall, and arguably the hottest team in the Western Conference.