LOS ANGELES – Drew Doughty scored the tiebreaking goal, Wayne Simmonds scored on a penalty shot, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Ottawa Senators 6-3 Thursday night for their fourth win in five games.
After Anze Kopitar snapped a four-game scoreless skid with an assist on Doughty’s goal in the second period, Justin Williams added two insurance goals in the final 2:33.
Randy Jones and Brad Richardson also scored for Los Angeles, and Jonathan Quick made 27 saves while looking sharp in the third period.
Mike Fisher scored two goals for the Senators, who have lost the first three games on a five-game West Coast trip. Jonathan Cheechoo also scored for Ottawa, giving the longtime San Jose forward 20 goals in 36 games against Los Angeles.
After a swift start, Los Angeles had won two of its previous 11 games in regulation – picking up three shootout wins along the way – before beating Anaheim 4-3 on Tuesday night. A scoring drought has caused the slump, with top-line forward Ryan Smyth’s injury absence directly correlating to a decline in the Kings’ formerly potent offence.
Scoring wasn’t a problem against Ottawa goalie Brian Elliott, who stopped 18 shots. The Senators have lost four of five overall.
Just 42 seconds in, Alexander Frolov expertly occupied three Ottawa skaters on a rush before threading a pass between Milan Michalek’s legs to the trailing Jones, who banged home his fourth goal.
After Fisher’s first of the night, Simmonds put the Kings back ahead with a precise penalty shot between Elliott’s pads after he was taken down on a breakaway. Ottawa then took three penalties in 51 seconds late in the period, but the Kings couldn’t capitalize on their lengthy advantage.
Richardson converted a rebound for his second goal in 28 games this season, but Cheechoo kept the Senators close moments later by forcing a turnover by Frolov before knocking in Chris Kelly’s rebound. The goal was the third in 26 games for Cheechoo, the former Richard Trophy winner traded by the Sharks in the off-season.
Fisher tied it on a clever pass from Alex Kovalev, but Doughty put the Kings back ahead on a slap shot early in a power play moments later.
Quick kept Ottawa off the board in the third, and Williams iced it when Senators defenceman Matt Carkner coughed up the puck in the corner, setting up Williams for an easy score. Williams scored again in the waning seconds on a rebound, prompting a prone Elliott to slap his stick on the ice in frustration.
NOTES: Alexandre Picard, Ottawa’s top-scoring defenceman, left in the first period due to an upper body injury. … Kopitar was checked into the boards and skated slowly to the bench while Fisher scored his second goal. Kopitar returned moments later. … Simmonds has a five-game scoring streak, the longest of his career.