LOS ANGELES –
Better results graced the Kings in their second and final meeting with Tampa Bay, victorious over the Lightning 3-1 Sunday night at STAPLES Center.
The Kings’ win cemented a perfect home stand, where they posted a 4-0-0 mark; It is just the fifth time in club history that the team has swept a four-game stint on home ice. The Kings have now also won six-straight games on home ice (6-0-0), and are riding a six-game point streak (5-0-1)
Just over 12 minutes into the game, Andy Andreoff gave the Kings a 1-0 lead, scoring his second goal of the season.
Andreoff received a pass from Nick Shore as he fled through the neutral zone and into Tampa Bay territory, where he wired up a slap shot from atop the left circle along the side boards, beating Andrei Vasilevskiy low to the blocker side.
The Kings entered the second period with the lead from Andreoff’s marker, but it didn’t last long, Tampa Bay’s Brian Boyle
beating Jonathan Quick
up high to knot the score 1-1 27 seconds into the middle frame.
A mere 12 seconds after Boyle tied the game, Brayden McNabb struck for his first goal of the season, putting the Kings back on top 2-1.
Anze Kopitar won an offensive zone faceoff, shoveled the puck back to McNabb, who was stationed atop the left point. McNabb, after cradling the puck to safety from Kopitar’s errant stick, fired a wrist shot that beat Tampa Bay’s Vasilevskiy low to the blocker side.
Kopitar, with the assist on McNabb’s goal, recorded his 400th career NHL assist. Kopitar is the sixth player in Kings history to reach the 400-assist mark.
Vasilevskiy was immediately pulled in favor of Ben Bishop followed McNabb’s goal.
Just over three minutes after McNabb reclaimed the lead for the Kings, Milan Lucic tipped home his 10th goal of the season to give the Kings a 3-1 lead.
On a three-on-two sequence entering Tampa Bay’s zone, Lucic drove straight to the net, where Jeff Carter found him with a pass. Lucic got his stick on Carter’s feed, beating Ben Bishop off the right post and in.
The Kings successfully protected their two-goal lead in the third, sealing the 3-1 victory.
Tampa Bay’s power play was held scoreless on six opportunities, including one 5-on-3 advantage.
Brayden McNabb (1G, 1A) led all Kings players in points scored (2), Drew Doughty in shots taken (4), Kyle Clifford in hits delivered (5), four different players in shots blocked (2), and Drew Doughty in minutes played (30:58). Jonathan Quick made 24 saves in the win.
The Kings now venture out on a six-game road trip, which will begin Tuesday evening when they take on the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena, with the puck scheduled to drop just after 4:00 PM PST.