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Kings spoil NHL coaching debut of Senators' Cameron

by Chris Stevenson

OTTAWA -- A three-assist game by defenseman Jake Muzzin helped the Los Angeles Kings defeat the Ottawa Senators 5-3 on Thursday at Canadian Tire Centre, spoiling the NHL debut of Ottawa coach Dave Cameron.

Muzzin had assists on two goals in 1:42 by Anze Kopitar and Trevor Lewis early in the third period to break open a tie game and give the Kings a 4-2 lead.

The Senators (11-12-5) drew to within 4-3 on a goal by defenseman Jared Cowen with 1:21 left in the third period, giving Cowen a Gordie Howe Hat Trick, but Kings forward Tanner Pearson scored into the empty net 24 seconds later to seal the Los Angeles win.

The win ended a two-game skid for the Kings (15-9-5).

The loss was the Senators' fifth in their past seven games (1-5-1).

Ottawa's Mark Stone scored a shorthanded goal on a rebound at 1:44 of the third period to tie the game 2-2, kicking the puck up to his stick and tucking it around Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick.

But during the same Los Angeles power play, Kopitar put the Kings back on top when he took a pass deep in the slot from defenseman Drew Doughty and swept around Senators goaltender Craig Anderson at 2:20. It was Kopitar's sixth goal, his first in 11 games.

The response by the Kings after Stone's goal was typical of the way they handled surges by the Senators in Cameron's debut. Ottawa outshot Los Angeles 14-5 in the first period.

"I think there was two or three times during the game where we had good responses," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. "After the first period we did. I think after that [shorthanded] goal we did. After they score when [Kyle Clifford] breaks his stick, score the empty-net goal. You've got to respond. It's not clear sailing or easy sailing."

"[Sutter] wasn't too happy," Muzzin said of the atmosphere in the Kings dressing room after the first period. "It was not the start we wanted. I think we answered well and we got the win, and at the end of the day, we needed to get this win and we did. That's good enough for us."

Quick made 32 saves, including a sprawling save with his glove on the goal line against Alex Chiasson in the one-sided first period.

Quick said he liked the way the Kings bounced back after Stone's game-tying goal.

"You're not necessarily looking for a goal because you're on the power play," he said. "You're just looking to create something. Whenever you give up a goal, you always want to come back and have a good shift, get in their zone and try and work them a little bit. It was a good shift that turned into a goal."

Lewis made it 4-2 at 4:02 when Senators defenseman Chris Phillips fell down inside the Ottawa blue line, allowing room down the right wing for Kings forward Tyler Toffoli, who had taken a pass from Muzzin.

Toffoli found Lewis open at the far post, and Lewis had lots of time to lift the puck over Anderson and into the top of the net for his fourth goal.

Matt Greene and Justin Williams scored the first two goals for the Kings, and Bobby Ryan opened the scoring for the Senators.

Ryan, playing with a broken finger, scored what will be a candidate for goal of the year to cut the Los Angeles lead to 2-1 at 14:08 of the second period.

Ryan stickhandled his way around Kings defenseman Brayden McNabb to put himself in clean on Quick. He put the puck around Quick with a forehand-backhand deke, tucking it into the open side of the net to Quick's right for his sixth goal.

"We did a good job of getting a rare goal, a shorthanded goal, to put you back in it, but gave them a freebie 30 seconds later or whatever it was," Ryan said. "I think that's deflating.

"But the effort was there, and we certainly competed for 60 minutes. The defending Cup champions, that's a good measuring stick for us, and I thought we were in the game for quite a bit of it."

Cameron said his debut "was a terrific feeling, much the way I thought it would be with the emotions and that. I feel really, really humbled to say now that I've coached in the National Hockey League."

The Kings made it 2-0 at 9:17 of the second when a pass by Muzzin bounced over the stick of Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson at the Ottawa blue line, giving Williams some room on the right wing.

Senators defenseman Cody Ceci came across the ice to help Karlsson, and Williams' intended pass for Marian Gaborik, breaking for the far post, deflected off Ceci's stick and between Anderson's pads.

Chiasson looked like he might have given the Senators the lead in the first period when he tried to tuck the puck by Quick. The play was reviewed, and video review supported the referee's call that the puck did not cross the goal line.

"He makes a good move and beats me, so I'm just trying to stick an arm out there and hope it hits me," Quick said. "You get lucky sometimes, so I'll take it.

"When it hit my glove, I knew I had it in front of the line."

Sutter had a feeling Quick would step up to help the Kings break their losing streak.

"[Quick] doesn't like losing games," Sutter said. "At the end of the day, when you ask Jonathan, what does he say? 'It's about wins.' It's not very often he loses two in a row."

Ottawa forward Chris Neil left the game in the first period with a knee injury and did not return. Cameron said the injury is not day-to-day.

"It's more week-to-week," he said.

Senators left wing Clarke MacArthur did not play because of illness. His place on a line with Kyle Turris and Stone was taken by Colin Greening, who played after being a healthy scratch for the past four games.

The Senators played again without defenseman Marc Methot, who has been battling a back/hip injury. Methot played his first two games of the season last week, but has now missed the past two games.

The Kings are at the Montreal Canadiens on Friday, and the Senators play at the Boston Bruins on Saturday afternoon.

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