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Jussi Jokinen's 3-point 1st period leads Pittsburgh to 4-1 victory over struggling LA Kings

Friday, 01.31.2014 / 1:15 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Jussi Jokinen's 3-point 1st period leads Pittsburgh to 4-1 victory over struggling LA Kings

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Jussi Jokinen had a goal and two assists in the first period, Evgeni Malkin scored in the opening minute, and the Pittsburgh Penguins chased Jonathan Quick in a 4-1 victory over the struggling Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.

Chris Kunitz and Tanner Glass both scored in their second straight game for the Penguins, who opened a two-game West Coast road trip with the franchise's first regulation victory at Staples Center.

Jeff Zatkoff made 30 saves in the Eastern Conference leaders' fourth win in five games.

Anze Kopitar scored his third goal in five games for the Kings, but those are the only goals scored in the last nine days by the Kings, who have lost seven of eight.

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