LOS ANGELES - Defenceman Tom Preissing scored on a power play, Brian Boyle also had a goal and the Los Angeles Kings ended a five-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.
Dustin Brown also scored for the Kings and defenceman Drew Doughty, the second overall pick in the draft, had his first two NHL assists.
Anthony Stewart had a goal and Nathan Horton scored short-handed for the Panthers in their fifth straight loss. It was their first meeting with the Kings since Feb. 3, 2007, when they put 40 shots on Sean Burke and lost 7-0.
Boyle opened the scoring at 16:27 of the first period. Teammate Patrick O'Sullivan tried to carry the puck out from behind the net and was tripped by Gregory Campbell, but Boyle beat defenceman Jay Bouwmeester to the loose puck and whipped his first goal of the season past Tomas Vokoun.
The Kings, 4-for-41 on the power play over their previous eight games and coming off their third shutout loss at home, made it 2-0 at 18:38 of the period while Bryan McCabe was off for tripping O'Sullivan. Anze Kopitar faked a wrist shot at the top of the right circle to get Vokoun's attention, then made a cross-ice pass to Preissing, whose one-timer beat the goalie to the glove side.
Erik Ersberg made his second straight start in goal for the Kings after sitting behind Jason LaBarbera for the first 10 contests. The 26-year-old Swede, who stopped 26 shots in a 1-0 overtime loss to Anaheim on Wednesday, had a relatively easy time of it as his teammates outshot the NHL's lowest-scoring team 12-3 in each of the first two periods.
The Panthers got on the board with their first shot of the third period. They were able to keep the puck in the zone with some aggressive forechecking near the left boards and the puck bounced to Stewart, who took a quick 50-foot wrist shot that surprised Ersberg and beat him to the stick side.
Brown restored the Kings' two-goal margin with 8:37 to play, beating Vokoun to the glove side with a 35-foot wrist shot as McCabe stuck his stick out to try and block it.
Florida got its second goal with late in the third period, as Horton scored from the top of the right circle while Bouwmeester was serving a hooking penalty.
Notes: The victory was the Kings' first since LaBarbera's 4-0 win at St. Louis on Oct. 24. ... Stewart's third goal in 52 NHL games snapped a 42-game drought dating back to Nov. 9, 2005 against the New York Rangers. ... McCabe missed the previous 10 games because of a lower back strain. He was injured during a season-opening loss at Carolina. ... C Stephen Weiss also returned to the Panthers' lineup after missing four games with a groin injury. C Gregory Campbell was back in action after sitting out five games with an injured hip. Florida LW Cory Stillman, who has five of Florida's 25 goals through their first 12 games, did not make the trip because of a concussion and a broken nose he sustained during Sunday's 5-3 loss in Atlanta. ... The Kings are 1-2-2 with two games left in their longest homestand of the season. ... The Panthers, who had five power plays against Los Angeles, are a league-worst 5-for-49. Their penalty-killing unit has allowed at least one power play goal in seven consecutive games.