It took the Kings until December to notch their third road win last season; Tuesday night, the club won their third game away from Los Angeles in a 4-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre.
Now 3-0-0 away from STAPLES Center this season, the Kings have tied the 1989-’90 roster for the best road start in franchise history.
The roster has also extended their win-streak to six games, four of which have come in the past six nights.
The first period saw the two clubs go neck-and-neck, with no goals to show for a very competitive slot of hockey; the Kings outshot the Jets 9-8 through the first 20 minutes.
Winnipeg got on the board first when defenseman Nikolaj Ehlers whipped a puck through traffic that caromed its way past Jonathan Quick, giving the Jets a 1-0 lead just prior to the game’s midway mark.
Later in the second, with just over four minutes to go in the middle frame, Jake Muzzin walked into a puck that trickled its way up to the point. With his momentum already carrying him forward, Muzzin’s shot blew past Winnipeg’s Onrej Pavelec to knot the score at 1-1.
Muzzin’s goal was the first by a Kings defenseman this season.
The Kings played an outstanding third period, and it paid off when Milan Lucic knocked home the night’s eventual game-winning goal with 4:41 left in regulation.
Upon winning a defensive zone faceoff, Lucic broke through, chipped the puck up to Tyler Toffoli, and the two raced off on a two-on-one sequence. Toffoli lined up for a shot at the top of the right circle, but opted for a cross-ice pass instead, which deflected off of Winnipeg defenseman Tyler Myers’s stick, and Lucic, and into the back of the net.
Tyler Toffoli and Trevor Lewis tacked on empty-net goals in the final minute, securing the Kings’ 4-1 win.
Drew Doughty (2A), Jeff Carter (2A), and Tyler Toffoli led all Kings players in points scored (2), Jake Muzzin in shots taken (5), Dustin Brown in hits delivered (5), Jamie McBain in shots blocked (4), and Drew Doughty in minutes played (23:27). Jonathan Quick made 24 saves in the win.
The Kings now return home to Los Angeles, and after three full days of rest, they’ll take on the Nashville Predators Saturday afternoon at STAPLES Center, with the puck scheduled to drop just after 1:00PM PST.