Jon Quick made 28 saves, and Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty scored to lift the surging Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 victory over the winless New York Islanders on Monday.
Quick, who has played every minute in the Kings' first five games of the season, was rarely tested. Los Angeles has won four straight following a season-opening, 6-3 loss to Phoenix. Quick fell 1:55 short of his fifth NHL shutout when Matt Moulson scored his second goal of the season.
New York (0-1-3) is still seeking its first win after starting the season with three overtime losses, two by shootout. Martin Biron made 20 saves and is one win away from 200 in the NHL.
Kopitar scored his fourth goal of the season with 1:27 left in the second period for a 1-0 lead.
Islanders defenceman Mark Streit lost the puck behind the net, and Kopitar ended up with it and came out to Biron's right. He moved the puck with a short pass to Justin Williams before getting it back in the right circle. Kopitar patiently waited for an opening and snapped in a wrist shot for the power-play goal, scored with six seconds left on Blake Comeau's hooking penalty.
Kopitar and his top linemates of Williams and former Islanders forward Ryan Smyth have gotten off to quick starts. Kopitar and Smyth, who earned an assist, both have a point in all five games. The trio has combined for nine goals and 14 assists.
Doughty, a defenceman taken No. 2 overall in the 2008 draft, made it 2-0 at 5:31 of the third when he fired a slap shot from just above the right circle past Biron. He also has a five-game point streak, notching two goals and four assists in the career-best run.
The first period went quickly, with long stretches of time between whistles and no penalties called other than a fight between New York's Joel Rechlicz and Raitis Ivanans. The Islanders outshot the Kings 11-4 in the frame, but couldn't solve Quick - chosen as the NHL's second star of last week.
NOTES: Williams has 12 assists and 22 points in 29 games against the Islanders. His next assist will be his 200th in the NHL. ... Quick went 3-0 and stopped 80 of 88 shots last week. ... John Tavares, the top pick in this year's draft by the Islanders, failed to earn a point for the first time in his NHL career. He had two goals and three assists in New York's first three games.