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Kings keep streak alive in Toronto

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
TORONTO (Ticker) -- Felix Potvin made 22 saves against his former team and Jason Allison set up a pair of goals as the Los Angeles Kings extended their unbeaten streak to five games with a 3-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Potvin had his shutout bid spoiled by Darcy Tucker, who scored on a wrist shot with 9-1/2 minutes left in the third period. Los Angeles remained the only NHL team without a shutout this season.

But Potvin extended his personal unbeaten streak to four games (3-0-1), climbing within four wins of the .500 mark.

"It's better than it was, but still we have a lot of catchup to do. We put ourselves in a hole at the start of the year," Potvin said. "The key to our game right now is the special teams. Game in and game out, we're playing solid on the penalty kill, and our power play got one tonight."

The Kings were one step ahead of the Leafs on this night.
(Credit: Graig Abel Photography)
Steve Heinze scored during a two-man advantage off an assist from Allison eight minutes into the second period, giving the Kings a 1-0 lead. A moment after Heinze sent a pass to Allison at the left side of the slot to pull the defense, Allison threw the puck back to Heinze in the slot, where he put a wrist shot past goaltender Corey Schwab's right side.

"Those guys have a good power play," Schwab said. "We gave them a 5-on-3 and they moved the puck around pretty good. The guy had a good shot from the hashmarks. You have to give them credit."

Allison also set up Adam Deadmarsh's 11th goal, which came 69 seconds after Tucker got Toronto within 2-1. Deadmarsh collected the puck in the left corner and fired it at the crease. The shot bounced off defenceman Cory Cross' leg and into the net.

"That's hockey. It's a strange game sometimes," Deadmarsh said.

"That was a perfect example that things were going pretty well for us tonight when something like that happens."

"We've had a few breaks like that on this winning streak, in the last 10 games. It was bound to happen to us," Tucker said.

"Once in a while, it's an unfortunate part of the game, when we were just getting back into it."

Ian Laperriere scored the eventual game-winner for Los Angeles 12:20 into the second period. He took a pass from defenceman Philippe Boucher in the slot, spun and snapped a shot past Schwab.

With Curtis Joseph battling the flu, Schwab made 29 saves in his fifth start of the season. But Toronto had a season-high five-game winning streak stopped.

"Sometimes you have a loss like that to make sure you come back to reality," Tucker said. "We've been playing some pretty good hockey."

The Leafs ran into a hot Kings' penalty-killing unit and were 0-for-6 on the power play after going 10-for-21 during the winning streak.

Los Angeles has killed 41 of its last 42 penalties over the last 10 games.

"It's been unbelievable," Allison said. "Our penalty-killing has been almost perfect and our power play has been capitalizing on a lot of chances, too."

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