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Devils defeat Kings, end six-game losing streak

Palmieri scores two goals, Hall has three assists for New Jersey

by Dan Greenspan / Correspondent

Palmieri's power-play goal

NJD@LAK: Palmieri snaps power-play goal past Quick

Kyle Palmieri receives a perfect pass from Taylor Hall and slings a shot past Jonathan Quick on the glove side for a power-play goal

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LOS ANGELES -- Kyle Palmieri scored two goals to help the New Jersey Devils end a six-game losing streak with a 6-3 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Thursday.

Travis Zajac and Will Butcher each had a goal and an assist, Nico Hischier also scored, and Taylor Hall had three assists for the Devils (10-12-5), who were 0-3-3 in their previous six games. Keith Kinkaid made 29 saves.

"It's a big road trip for us but we came into it focused, just focused on winning one game and getting off to a good start. Two points is a great way to do that," Palmieri said.


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Brendan Leipsic scored his first goal in his second game for Los Angeles after being acquired off waivers from the Vancouver Canucks on Monday. Adrian Kempe and Kyle Clifford each had a goal, and Jonathan Quick made 29 saves for the Kings (10-18-1).  

Video: NJD@LAK: Palmieri snaps home his second of the game

Los Angeles has lost four of its past five games (1-4-0) and seven of its past nine home games (2-7-0).

"It gets harder with each and every loss, really," Kings center Anze Kopitar said. "You dig a bigger hole every night and it's hard to get out of it. Like I said, when things don't go right everything's going wrong against you. But then again, it's up to us to come up out of that hole."

Palmieri put the Devils back in front 3-2 at 10:57 of the second period after Kempe made it 2-2 at 6:59. It was Palmieri's fourth multigoal game after scoring two goals in each of the first three games of the season. 

Butcher made it 4-2 at 12:28 when Kings defenseman Dion Phaneuf accidentally deflected a long shot into his own net.

"It's a fresh start," Palmieri said of the three-game California trip. "You can't worry about our road record this year (3-10-1), and you can't worry about what happened in October and November. It's about what we're doing now and it's something to build off of, for sure."

Jake Muzzin had a sharp-angle shot hit the post and crossbar at 13:31. It was ruled a goal by the on-ice officials, but the call was overturned when video review showed the puck never crossed the line.  

Clifford pulled the Kings within 4-3 at 17:37.

Hischier extended the lead to 5-3 at 11:06 of the third period, and Blake Coleman scored into an empty net at 19:52 for the 6-3 final.

New Jersey took a 2-1 lead 25 seconds into the second period on Zajac's ninth goal.

Palmieri put the Devils up 1-0 on the power play at 13:49 of the first period before Leipsic tied it 1-1 at 15:41.

It was the third power-play goal for New Jersey in its past 15 games, having gone 2-for-35 prior to scoring on its first opportunity. 

Video: NJD@LAK: Butcher scores as shot deflects off defender


They said it

"We scored timely goals and on the road in a building that's tough to play in. That's kind of just what you need to do and that's something that has been missing from our game, so it's important for us to kind of hit the reset button again and get ready for a back-to-back coming up this weekend." -- Devils forward Kyle Palmieri


"It's frustrating. It's embarrassing. It's a lot of things. I just don't see enough emotion from the entire group to get us out of this. It's not going to take three or four different guys every night. It's got to take the entire group." -- Kings defenseman Drew Doughty


Need to know

Doughty had an assist to pass Rob Blake for most by a defenseman in Kings history with 334 and move into eighth place on their all-time list. … Los Angeles scratched forward Nikita Scherbak after his work visa was not approved in time to make his debut. … Hall has seven points (one goal, six assists) in his past five games. Hall has 30 points (eight goals, 22 assists) through 27 games, one point ahead of his scoring pace through 27 games in 2017-18. … Kinkaid is 4-0-0 in five career games against the Kings. … Hischier has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past four games.


What's next

Devils: At the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday (8 p.m. ET; PRIME, MSG+, NHL.TV)

Kings: Host the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday (4 p.m. ET; FS-W, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV)

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