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Senators top Kings, win consecutive road games for first time this season

Tierney scores twice, Nilsson makes 33 saves for Ottawa

by Dan Greenspan / NHL.com Correspondent

Tierney's wicked wrister

OTT@LAK: Tierney fights off defender, scores

Chris Tierney gets the puck and shrugs off Nate Thompson before wiring a nice wrister past Jonathan Quick for a 2-1 Senators lead in the 2nd

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LOS ANGELES -- The Ottawa Senators won consecutive road games for the first time this season, defeating the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 at Staples Center on Thursday.

Chris Tierney scored twice for the Senators (17-23-5), who won back-to-back games at the Anaheim Ducks and Kings. Anders Nilsson made 33 saves. 

Ottawa had not won two straight since a three-game streak from Nov. 27-Dec. 1.

 

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"Obviously the result is great, getting the win, but I think it's how we've played," Senators defenseman Dylan DeMelo said. "We've done a real good job of just sticking with the game plan.

"There's ebbs and flows to where the other team is taking it to you pretty good, but we've done a good job of just playing our way. We've stayed with it and we're getting rewarded for it."

Video: OTT@LAK: Ryan scores PPG off his own rebound

Kyle Clifford scored for the Kings (17-25-3), who have lost four of five. Jonathan Quick made 23 saves.

Senators center Colin White sustained an apparent upper-body injury on a hit from Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin in the first period. White will return to Ottawa for further examination, coach Guy Boucher said, and is expected to miss at least two weeks.

The Senators were also playing without center Matt Duchene (personal) and defenseman Ben Harpur (upper body), but they received a complete team effort to overcome those absences, Tierney said.

"I thought we had good momentum from last game coming into this game," Tierney said. "Obviously Colin going down early, a lot of guys had to step up and play some big minutes, so I thought the whole team gave a 60-minutes effort. Every forward, every D, goalie, everybody was going."

Tierney gave the Senators a 2-1 lead at 16:40 of the second period, shooting through contact from Nate Thompson and beating Quick with Alec Martinez providing an inadvertent screen.

Mikkel Boedker had an assist, his 200th in 663 NHL games.

Christian Wolanin made it 3-1 at 1:22 of the third period. He has at least one point in each of his past four games.

Tierney scored into an empty net at 19:02 for the 4-1 final. He has five points (two goals, three assists) during a three-game point streak.

Clifford put the Kings ahead 1-0 at 3:47 of the second period, tipping Muzzin's shot past Nilsson.

Bobby Ryan tied it at 1-1 on a power-play goal at 14:59. He has seven points (three goals, four assists) during a six-game point streak.

"I think we kind of let up after we scored our first goal and let them into the game," Muzzin said. "They got two and then we just couldn't get back into it. It's disappointing, frustrating. We can't let teams off the hook. We let them back into the game, and they took advantage of it."

Video: OTT@LAK: Wolanin rips home wrister from point

 

They said it

"Always as the new guy on the team you feel like you want to come in and contribute. You want to be a part of the group and you want to help out the guys as much as possible. I'm happy they gave me the confidence to play three games in a row here, and I felt good both games. I'm really happy the team played really good in front of me and we were able to win both games." -- Senators goalie Anders Nilsson

 

"That's awful. That's just embarrassing, to be honest. There's not much more to say other than that." -- Kings forward Kyle Clifford

 

Need to know

Harpur is also returning to Ottawa for further examination of the injury he sustained against the Ducks and is expected to miss at least two weeks. … Nilsson saved 65 of 67 shots (.970 save percentage) in the back-to-back wins against Anaheim and Los Angeles. … The Senators swept the season series against the Kings for the second time in their history (2015-16). … Clifford tied his NHL career-high with seven goals this season (2010-11 and 2012-13).

 

What's next

Senators: At the San Jose Sharks on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; CBC, SN1, TVAS, NBCSCA, NHL.TV)

Kings: Host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday (10:30 p.m. ET; FS-W, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV)

Video: Tierney scores twice in Senators' 4-1 win

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