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Lowry, Laine score to help Jets to 2-1 win over Kings

Mason stops 38 of 39 shots as Jets even record on road trip

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

LOS ANGELES, California - Coming into Wednesday night, Adam Lowry had a chance to even his career record playing against a team with his father, Dave, on the bench of the opposing team.

The Winnipeg Jets also had a chance to even up their record on the four-game road trip.

Check, and check.

Lowry scored his third of the season with eight seconds left in the first, while Patrik Laine added a power play marker in the final minute of the second period to help the Jets to a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings.

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"It's always nice to get a win. I couldn't ask for more, scoring a goal and we win the game. It was a nice rebound from our effort in Nashville," said Lowry. "They really came hard in the second half of the game. We found a way to win. (Steve) Mason was real solid back there, and we had some key blocked shots coming down the stretch there.

"It's a big win and it gets us back on track."

Video: WPG@LAK: Lowry slips backhander past Quick in 1st

Steve Mason made 38 saves on the night to preserve the win, and hand the Kings their sixth loss in seven games.

"We haven't given the young man to have an opportunity to have a lot of run support. We haven't scored a lot of goals with him in the net. He's played really well," said head coach Paul Maurice. "Aside from the real good saves and the composure in the net, his play with the puck - a number of times - getting it out, and get it into the neutral zone, it's huge. Especially with a heavy forecheck like LA has got."

Lowry's goal came late in the opening frame, with just eight seconds left before the buzzer.

Andrew Copp carried the puck into the Los Angeles zone, and after the Kings almost forced a turnover at the top of the circle, Lowry came up with the puck. Turning back toward the net and holding off a check from Derek Forbort, the Jets centre slid a backhand past Jonathan Quick.

It was the first of two goals the Jets would score in the final minute of a period on this night.

Video: WPG@LAK: Laine one-times home PPG late in 2nd

A slashing penalty to Dustin Brown in the second was the opening the Jets needed to extend the lead. Mathieu Perreault sent the puck to Nikolaj Ehlers below the goal line on Quick's stick side, and with a quick spin, Ehlers sent a backhand pass to Laine just outside the crease, and before Quick could move, the puck was in.

The Kings would get one back on a power play of their own 5:26 into the third. Tyler Toffoli's tenth of the season came when he redirected slap pass from Oscar Fantenberg, cutting the Jets lead to 2-1.

But that's as close as the Kings would get, but there were chances. Winnipeg's special teams were up to the challenge.

The Jets penalty kill also came up clutch in the third, keeping the Kings from tying the game by killing off minor penalties to Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler.

Video: WPG@LAK: Mason flashes the leather on Pearson's shot

A big part of that was Brandon Tanev, who blocked four shots in the game.

"It's often times an overlooked part of the game," said Mason. "Those guys sacrifice so much. Those blocks otherwise probably end up in the back of the net, so those are some of the biggest saves we get all night. The boys definitely notice it, and appreciate it."

The Jets record improved to 13-5-3 with the win, and will close out the road trip with a back-to-back set against the Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks on Friday and Saturday.

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