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Kings defeat Senators for sixth straight win

by Sean Farrell

OTTAWA -- Martin Jones and the Los Angeles Kings keep on extending some very impressive streaks.

Jeff Carter assisted on Dwight King's goal 21 seconds into the first period, scored his ninth at 4:18 to chase Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson, and Los Angeles extended its winning streak to six games with a 5-2 victory Saturday.

Jones, who made 37 saves, won his fifth straight start to begin his NHL career. Jones, who stopped 38 of 39 shots in a 3-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday, shut out the New York Islanders and Montreal Canadiens in back-to-back games after winning his League debut against the Anaheim Ducks on Dec. 3.

"He's just been playing solid, just smothering everything," said Kings forward Jarret Stoll, who scored at 13:18 of the third to make it 4-2. "There are not many rebounds. He's positionally really solid in there, and we have a lot of confidence playing in front of him."

King scored his eighth goal on the first shot of the game, and Carter made it 2-0 on the Kings' fourth shot to drive Anderson from the net. King and Carter each had a goal and two assists.

Anze Kopitar, who scored twice, made it 3-0 against Ottawa backup Robin Lehner at 12:56.

Defensemen Joe Corvo and Erik Karlsson scored for the Senators, who got within 3-2 on Karlsson's ninth goal at 4:24 of the third.

"You go up early and you just want to make sure you stay on top of things, and do the same things," said Kopitar, who restored the Kings' three-goal lead with his second of the game, his 11th, on a power play at with 3:18 remaining. "Maybe we did back off in the second a little bit, but when it was needed to push again, we pushed back, and I guess we brought it home pretty uneventful in the end, the last five minutes."

Anderson allowed two goals on four shots. Lehner made 19 saves.

"We didn't get saves early, and that team that we played is a very good team," Ottawa coach Paul MacLean said. "They play a certain way and they play that way the whole game and they make it difficult for you, and they certainly did that tonight, but I thought we got it back to 3-2, we were starting to come on and have some opportunity in their end of the rink, and another misread in the neutral zone and the game's over."

The Kings (22-7-4), who played their first game at Canadian Tire Centre since Nov. 22, 2010, have not allowed a first-period goal or more than two goals in a game while going 13-1-4 over their past 18 games.

"I think it's a combination of everything," Kopitar said of the various streaks. "Obviously, our goaltending has been spectacular and, on top of that, we've managed to score a few goals for them to make it a little bit easier on them."

Los Angeles finishes its four-game road trip Sunday against the Chicago Blackhawks.

"Obviously they're a big rival and we haven't played them well, not just last year but over the years, so it's about time we start," Stoll said.

The Senators (13-15-6) earned points in their previous four games (2-0-2), including a 2-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.

"They obviously came out a little bit stronger than we did," Karlsson said. "They were pushing harder in the beginning and we were just sitting back too much and letting them control the neutral zone and getting into our zone way too easy, and you know our first period wasn't the best one we've had this year."

Ottawa ends a three-game homestand Monday against the St. Louis Blues.

Senators defensemen Chris Phillips and 19-year-old rookie Cody Ceci were on the ice for all three Kings goals in the first period.

Ceci, who turns 20 next Saturday, played his second straight game since he was recalled from Binghamton of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis Thursday while Marc Methot recovers from the flu.

King beat Anderson with a long shot from the left side moments after the opening faceoff.

"It went in the net, it's as simple as that," Anderson said. "What can I tell you? I saw the puck come and I missed it."

Carter scored from the left faceoff circle after Ceci inadvertently swiped the puck to him while battling with King in the left corner. Kopitar made it 3-0 when he won a goalmouth battle with Ceci to put a rebound of Slava Voynov's shot past Lehner.

Corvo, a former Kings defenseman who played his 700th NHL game Thursday, drew Ottawa within 3-1 with his third goal at 13:51 of the second. Karlsson made it 3-2 early in third when he beat Jones with a shot from the point.

The 2011-12 Norris Trophy winner was disappointed that the Senators' comeback fell short after Anderson's rough start, particularly on King's opening goal.

"It's a [bad] goal, but at the same time we can't just put it on [Anderson] in that situation," Karlsson said. "The things he's done for us in the past is probably more than just one unlucky bounce there, and we should be able to clean it up for him, and obviously today we didn't have his back like he usually has ours."

Kings forward Trevor Lewis was activated from injured reserve and returned to the lineup for the first time since Nov. 21. Lewis, who centered a line with Daniel Carcillo and Jordan Nolan, missed nine games because of a lower-body injury. Los Angeles placed center Colin Fraser on injured reserve, retroactive to Wednesday, when he suffered a head injury on a hit into the boards by Toronto's Frazer McLaren.

Senators defenseman Jared Cowen sat out the end of his two-game suspension for his hit to the head of Buffalo forward Zemgus Girgensons on Tuesday.

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