As much as the Kings' 3-2 victory over the Penguins was about numbers -- highlighted by their seven-for-seven penalty-killing effort as they tied a franchise record with their eighth straight road win -- their success was equally about their attitude and being at their best when the situation seemed to be at its worst.

In earning one-goal wins in Philadelphia, Washington and Pittsburgh in a four-day span and in holding NHL scoring leader Sidney Crosby to one assist Thursday while blanking the league's most potent power play, the Kings turned apparent adversity into an advantage to win their fifth straight game and 13th in their last 16.

They finished play against the East at 21-8-3, tying San Jose and St. Louis for the most wins by a West team against the East. One more number: Thursday's victory was their first at Consol Energy Center, though it was only their second visit.

“We're happy with the way we're playing right now, for sure,” said defenseman Drew Doughty, who was credited with the game-winner after he took a perfect drop pass from Dustin Brown and blasted a shot past goaltender Jeff Zatkoff at 3 minutes 51 seconds of the third period.

“We're coming together at the right time. We're playing hard. We're scoring goals, which we sometimes struggle to do. And we're playing good defensively, like always. To be hitting our stride at this point and beating some very good teams that we had to play in the East right now, that's a huge confidence booster.”

The Kings had some nervous moments while protecting that lead, after Penguins center Brandon Sutter -- nephew of Kings Coach Darryl Sutter -- pushed the puck past goaltender Martin Jones and into the net at 9:41 during a pileup in front.

Referee Steve Kozari initially gave no signal. After conferring with his fellow officials he said the puck had entered the net before the net was dislodged but the goal was negated by goaltender interference.