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Red-hot Kings top Bruins 3-2 in shootout

by John Kreiser

Talk about two teams going in opposite directions. The Los Angeles Kings have turned into road warriors, while the Boston Bruins are making history with their inability to win at home.

The Kings improved to 4-0-0 on their current road trip when Jarret Stoll scored in the sixth round of the shootout for a 3-2 victory in Boston on Saturday night.

The Kings have won five in a row overall and six straight away from the StaplesCenter. The Bruins have dropped seven in a row -- their longest losing streak since 1997. Their six-game losing streak in Boston is their longest since they dropped 11 in a row in 1924-25.

Stoll, just 2-for-8 on shootouts before Saturday, fired a wrist shot past Tim Thomas for the game-winner.

"I'm not much of a dangler, so I was going to shoot for sure," Stoll said. "As I went in, something opened up and I just tried to fire it and put it where I wanted to. Lucky enough, it went in."

The Kings' road winning streak is the second-longest in club history.

"It says a lot about the guy in there," coach Terry Murray said.

Boston fell to 1-8-2 in its last 11 games. The Bruins have scored just 11 goals during their seven-game slide -- eight in the last six. However, they did play better in their last two losses, 2-1 at Buffalo on Friday night and Saturday at home.

"Overall, we feel we're turning the corner, heading in the right direction," coach Claude Julien said. "That's two games in a row we've competed better than we had in the past."

The Kings, who have won seven of their last eight, will end their trip in New Jersey on Sunday.

"Sixty more minutes to battle in New Jersey and we will go from there," Stoll said.

It was an especially sweet win for Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, who played his college hockey at the University of Massachusetts -- not far from TD Garden in Boston.

"It makes it a little more special," said Quick, who stopped 31 shots through 65 minutes and five of six in the shootout. "When you come out to the East Coast, you get to play in front of people you know. And it was an exciting game."

All four regulation goals were scored on the power play. The last was scored by L.A.'s Anze Kopitar, who beat Tim Thomas at 4:29 of the third period. Kopitar also scored in the first round of the shootout.

"We've worked our way back to the level of frustration, at least," Thomas said. "I think we were beyond frustration before and we've had two games where we've played really hard and worked really hard. We got one point tonight.

"I sure wish we could have finished it off. But we're heading back in the right direction, I think."

The point pulled the Bruins into a four-way tie for ninth place in the Eastern Conference, one point out of eighth.

Dustin Brown tipped Kopitar's shot past Thomas at 12:06 of the opening period, Marco Sturm, returning from a six-game absence with a leg injury, tied it at 15:06 of the second and Mark Recchi put Boston ahead 1:20 into the third. The two power-play goals were one more than the Bruins had scored in their previous nine games.

"If we play like this every night we're going to be good," Sturm said.

Material from team media and wire services was used in this report

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