The Kings scored three times in the first period and held off a push by the Senators to earn a 5-2 victory on Saturday at the Canadian Tire Center, extending their winning streak to six and sustaining several other noteworthy streaks. It was the 18th consecutive game in which the Kings gave up two goals or fewer, and the 18th straight in which they did not surrender a goal in the first period. They’re 13-1-4 in that span. They also padded their road points streak to 10 (8-0-2), one short of the club record set in the 1974-75 season. Goaltender Martin Jones improved to 5-0. The Kings chased Senators starting goaltender Craig Anderson by scoring twice on their first four shots, and they built a 3-0 lead before the first period ended. Dwight King set the tone when he beat Anderson to the short side 21 seconds into the game, set up by Jeff Carter and Jake Muzzin. Carter ended Anderson’s day with a quick shot from the slot at 4:18 after a turnover by the Senators. Energetic forechecking by the King-Anze Kopitar-Carter line led to the Kings’ third goal, at 12:56. Kopitar scored it, with assists from Slava Voynov and King. Kopitar also scored the Kings’ final goal, with 3:18 left in the third period, off an excellent pass from King. Jones stopped all eight shots he faced in the opening 20 minutes, the 18th consecutive time the Kings held an opponent without a goal in the first period. The last team to score on the Kings in the opening 20 minutes was the Nashville Predators on Nov. 2. It took an exceptional effort by Ottawa captain Jason Spezza to get the Senators on the board at 13:51 of the second period. He controlled the puck in the Kings’ zone and fought off several checks before throwing the puck on net, creating a rebound that was converted by former King Joe Corvo.
Kings beat Senators, 5-2, to extend winning streak to six
Los Angeles Times | Dec 15