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Quick, Kings hand Islanders second straight loss

Makes 24 saves, Carter scores for Los Angeles, which has point in six of past eight games

by Dan Greenspan / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Carter tips home PPG in front

NYI@LAK: Carter deflects shot past Varlamov for PPG

Jeff Carter sets up in front of the net and redirects a shot from the point past Semyon Varlamov on the power play to give the Kings a 2-1 lead

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LOS ANGELES -- The New York Islanders lost their second in a row following a 17-game point streak, 4-1 to the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Wednesday.

Derick Brassard scored, and Semyon Varlamov made 26 saves for New York (16-5-2), which lost consecutive games for the first time since Oct. 8-11 after going 15-0-2 during its point streak.

The Islanders went 0-2-1 during their three-game California road trip and were outscored 9-2.

 

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"You're going to go through some dry stretches where it's not going to come easy for the players individually or collectively," Islanders coach Barry Trotz said. "And right now, it's not coming easy for us. Teams are bearing down for us, you know. We're not sneaking up on anybody. It's a dry patch that you have to work through as a group and stay positive."

Dustin Brown and Alex Iafallo each had a goal and an assist, and Jonathan Quick made 24 saves for Los Angeles (10-13-2), which is 5-2-1 in its past eight games.

Video: NYI@LAK: Brown roofs shot from bottom of the circle

Jeff Carter gave the Kings a 2-1 lead at 16:17 of the second period when he redirected Michael Amadio's point shot past Varlamov in front on the power play.

"That comes from everyone on the bench, the coaches, too," Kings defenseman Ben Hutton said. "They're staying stick with the game plan. Stick to the systems and things are eventually going to go our way. And that's exactly what happened, you know. Got a power play, we get a nice goal and then we got the lead and just kept chipping away, chipping away and a nice two points."

The Kings largely controlled the second period with an aggressive forecheck and sustained possession in the offensive zone, but Trotz said the Islanders had worked their way back into the game before Noah Dobson tripped Kyle Clifford at 14:33.

"We were quick, we were really pushing, and then we took a penalty when it's really got to be an execution play," Trotz said. "It's a D-to-D pass, we fumble it, we end up in the box. They score and I thought gave them all the momentum at that point."

Matt Roy made it 3-1 at 10:19 of the third period with a one-timer from the point during a 4-on-4, and Iafallo scored into an empty net at 17:53 to extend the lead to 4-1.

"I think in this League, if you get a lead in the third, you better hold onto it," Kings forward Blake Lizotte said. "So I think we stay patient with our system and gain lines. That's the most important thing is not turning the puck over on our blue line, especially with the lead in the third period. When you got the lead, you got to make smart, hard plays, and I feel we've done that for the most part when we had the lead going into the third."

Video: NYI@LAK: Roy blasts slap shot home off Lizotte's feed

Brassard put the Islanders up 1-0 at 8:42 of the first period with a redirection Scott Mayfield's shot from the blue line that went under the glove of Quick.

Brown tied it at 1-1 at 9:46 when his sharp-angle shot from the bottom of the left circle went over Varlamov's shoulder short side.

 

They said it

"Just look forward. We can't do anything about this trip. You come out here, you want to be least be .500. We got one point out of possible six, and that's still a bit disappointing. But we've only scored [two] goals. … We've sort of dried up. Everything from our lines, they've dried up a little bit, so it is what it is." -- Islanders coach Barry Trotz

"It's a 60-minute game and they're a team that has a lot of puck control. … So not getting frustrated with the lack of puck time on your stick is important because once you get frustrated with that, you start to take chances and take risks that are unnecessary in your game, and they're going to capitalize on that. They're a good team and they've shown that, they put up points in 17 straight games." -- Kings center Blake Lizotte

 

Need to know

The Islanders are 2-5-1 when scoring fewer than three goals. … Kings forward Anze Kopitar had an assist to extend his point streak to four games (three goals, two assists). … Iafallo has four points (one goal, three assists) in his past two games. … Varlamov lost in regulation for the first time since Oct. 8 against the Edmonton Oilers. He was 7-0-2 in his previous nine starts.

 

What's next

Islanders: Host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, FS-O, NHL.TV)

Kings: At the San Jose Sharks on Friday (4 p.m. ET; NBCSCA, FS-W, NHL.TV)

Video: Balanced attack leads Kings past Islanders, 4-1

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