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Smyth scores tying goal in 3rd, Kings beat Sabres for sixth straight shootout win @NHLdotcom

LOS ANGELES - Ryan Smyth scored the tying goal midway through the third period, and Dustin Brown had the deciding goal in a shootout, leading the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.

Brad Richardson and Sean O'Donnell also scored for Los Angeles in regulation, and Jonathan Quick made 26 saves on his 24th birthday. The Kings have won their last six games that have been decided in a shootout - all of them at Staples Center.

The Kings finished their longest homestand of the season 2-5-0. They don't play at home again until Feb. 2, following a five-game Eastern trip during which they'll be displaced by the Grammy Awards.

Craig Rivet scored 67 seconds into the third period to snap a 55-game drought, and Buffalo also got goals from Clarke MacArthur and Thomas Vanek.

Buffalo's Ryan Miller, who came in with a league-beat 1.99 goals-against average and .936 save percentage, also stopped 26 shots.

Tim Connolly had two assists to extend his point streak to 14 games - the longest active streak in the NHL and four shy of the franchise record set by Gilbert Perreault during the 1971-72 season.

Rivet gave Buffalo a 3-2 lead 67 seconds into the third, getting a cross-ice lass from Jason Pominville beating Quick high to the glove side for his first goal since March 25, 2009. But the Kings pulled even with 10:57 left in regulation when Jarret Stoll's shot caromed off rookie defenceman Tyler Myers' skate and then off Smyth's left skate while he was checked by Drew Stafford.

Video replays were used to determine that Smyth's 14th goal was legal, but the Kings weren't as fortunate on a goal by Oscar Moller that was disallowed at 13:34 of the second during a power play with Buffalo leading 2-1. Moller illegally knocked the puck in with his right hand after Miller made a glove save on Jack Johnson's 30-foot wrist shot from the left circle.

The Kings, who were scored on all three times they were short-handed in Tuesday's 5-1 loss to San Jose, fell behind 2-1 at 9:47 of the second on Vanek's team-high 14th goal while Brandon Segal was serving a boarding penalty.

But O'Donnell, who accidentally deflected a shot by Vanek into his own net earlier in the game, tied it 2-2 just 55 seconds before the second intermission with a slap shot from the left point while Kings forward Michal Handzus set up a screen. The goal came five seconds after Buffalo killed off a tripping penalty to Chris Butler.

The Sabres, who gave up three goals on eight shots in the first 5:23 of their 5-4 loss at Anaheim on Tuesday, didn't allow a shot on net by Los Angeles until the 8:41 mark, when Miller thwarted Richardson's short-handed bid from 10 feet out while the Kings were killing off Smyth's hooking penalty.

But Richardson eventually opened the scoring at 12:28 of the period. It was the sixth this season for Richardson, who began the season with a 26-game drought before scoring in each of his next three games.

The Sabres tied it 22 seconds into the second period, when MacArthur's intended cross-ice pass for Mike Grier at the right of the crease stuck the shaft of O'Donnell's stick and changed direction before Quick could recover. MacArthur was credited with his 13th goal.

The Kings were 0-for-3 on the power play against the league's third-best penalty-killing unit, and are 0-for-24 over their last five games after scoring at least once with the man advantage in each of their previous five contests.

NOTES: The last time the Sabres played at Staples Center was Dec. 6, 2007, when Quick made his NHL debut and faced only 17 shots in the Kings' 8-2 victory. ... Miller and Quick will be teammates on the U.S. Olympic team. Last Saturday, Quick matched up against the other U.S. goalie - Tim Thomas - in a 4-3 shootout win over Boston. ... Smyth spent Wednesday in his hometown of Banff, Alberta, to participate in the Olympic torch relay.

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