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Quick helps Kings hold off Rangers, end four-game losing streak

Makes 29 saves, Toffoli has goal, assist against New York, which had won three straight on road

by Dan Greenspan / Independent Correspondent

Quick robs Kakko

NYR@LAK: Quick makes point-blank stop on Kakko

Jonathan Quick extends his left leg to deny Kaapo Kakko from the doorstep in the 2nd period

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LOS ANGELES -- Tyler Toffoli had a goal and an assist, and the Los Angeles Kings ended a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 win against the New York Rangers at Staples Center on Tuesday.

Dustin Brown and Adrian Kempe scored, and Matt Roy had two assists for his first multipoint game in the NHL for the Kings (12-18-2), who won for the third time in their past 10 games (3-6-1). Jonathan Quick made 29 saves.

"It was a good team game," Kings coach Todd McLellan said. "Pretty direct, not a lot of turnovers or cute stuff that cost us. Pretty good board work. Structure was strong. Played well with a lead. Checked with the legs, didn't take many penalties, so we checked off a lot of boxes to earn a tough victory."


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Artemi Panarin scored, and Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves for the Rangers (15-12-3), who had their three-game road winning streak end.

"They capitalized on their chances, and when they did they stayed in their structure and played a good defensive heavy game," Rangers forward Chris Kreider said. "But you can't break a team down going east-west when they're playing like that. We needed to have a little more snarl, get to the net, get pucks to the net, and we weren't able to do that."

Brown put the Kings ahead 1-0 at 19:49 of the first period on a sharp-angle shot off a pass by Toffoli through the slot that got Lundqvist off-balance.

Video: NYR@LAK: Brown buries sharp-angle shot

Toffoli was playing left wing as the Kings reconfigured their lines to try to get more players involved in the game, and it worked. Toffoli started his fourth multipoint game of the season with his eighth assist.

Toffoli made it 2-0 at 13:22 of the second period, untangling himself from Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren at the edge of the crease to put in the rebound of a shot by Roy. Toffoli ended a streak of nine games without a goal.  

"I know that I need to play better, and I stepped up tonight and thought I had a good night," said Toffoli, who moved back to his preferred spot at right wing by the third period.

Video: NYR@LAK: Toffoli cleans up at the doorstep

Quick made several tough saves in the second period, including using his left pad to stop a shot by Kaapo Kakko at 4:32 while down on his stomach, and saving Filip Chytil's shot off a rebound at 19:55 with the same part of the pad above the ankle. 

With Lundqvist pulled for an extra attacker, Panarin scored during a 6-on-4 power-play at 19:29 of the third period to cut it to 2-1, but Kempe scored into an empty net at 19:45 for the 3-1 final.

Video: NYR@LAK: Panarin fires home power-play goal


They said it

"It's a little deflating just because we thought we played a pretty good period up to that point, and then they have that shift where they're just throwing everything to the net and just breaking us down. Yeah, it's a little disheartening, but at the same time I thought we did a fine job of regrouping." -- Rangers forward Chris Kreider on allowing a goal with 11 seconds remaining in the first period

On the left side, he's in the play a little bit more, a little bit quicker, which was a good thing for him. And then down the stretch we promoted him back to his right side, where he could do a lot of good board work, and we saw that. So it should be a real good night for him to put his head on the pillow and feel good about himself and build off of it." -- Kings coach Todd McLellan on forward Tyler Toffoli


Need to know 

Los Angeles is 8-0-0 when leading after the second period. … Roy has three points (one goal, two assists) in his past two games. … The Rangers are 1-4-1 against the Pacific Division. … Los Angeles was 0-for-1 on the power play and New York was 1-for-2. The Rangers have scored with the man-advantage in six of their past nine games (7-for-34).


What's next

Rangers: At the San Jose Sharks on Thursday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCA, MSG, NHL.TV)

Kings: At the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday (10 p.m. ET; PRIME, FS-W, NHL.TV)

Video: Quick, Toffoli lead Kings past Rangers

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