NEWARK, N.J. - Dwight King and Anze Kopitar scored third-period goals and Ben Scrivens made 26 saves to lift the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-0 win over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.
King's sixth goal of the season came at 13:08. Defenceman Jake Muzzin's drive from the left point was redirected by King, standing in front of goalie Cory Schneider.
Kopitar scored an empty-net goal with 2.9 seconds left. Schneider made 19 saves.
Friday's game was the Kings' first visit to the Prudential Center since playing the Devils in the 2012 Stanley Cup finals.
The Kings nearly scored 7:33 into the third period. Muzzin centred a puck from the left side of the blue line. New Jersey defenceman Andy Greene put out his stick and deflected it on goal, where Schneider alertly made the save.
In the second period, defenceman Peter Harrold was whistled for a four-minute penalty when he was called for high sticking Tyler Toffoli of the Kings.
But King was penalized for hooking 50 seconds into the power play and sat for two minutes.
Harrold was the recipient of a hit to the head by Jordan Nolan with 1:31 left in the second.
The centre put his shoulder down and levelled Harrold with a shot to the side of his head. Harrold was face-down on the ice, but, after play was stopped, he managed to skate off on his own. Harrold returned to regular shifts in the third period.
The Devils were the aggressors in the scoreless first period, gaining a 12-6 advantage in shots.
NOTES: Jaromir Jagr has 120 career game-winning goals, just one behind the NHL record held by Gordie Howe. ... Patrik Elias returned after a six-game absence for the Devils, who also got back Stephen Gionta.