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Mason makes 38 saves, Jets defeat Kings

Winnipeg hangs on after L.A. gets within goal in third; Lowry, Laine score

by Dan Greenspan / NHL.com Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- Patrik Laine scored a power-play goal late in the second period, and Steve Mason made 38 saves to lift the Winnipeg Jets to a 2-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Wednesday.

Adam Lowry scored for the Jets (13-5-3), who are 5-1-0 in their past six games. Winnipeg has not lost consecutive games in regulation since the first two games of the season.

 

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"My first two years, we've been struggling with the consistency," said forward Nikolaj Ehlers, who had an assist on Laine's game-winning goal. "I think that finally we've found a way to play well consistently. Lose a game, bounce back right away."

Tyler Toffoli scored on the power play, and Jonathan Quick made 25 saves for the Kings (12-8-2), who are 1-6-0 in their past seven games.

Quick has lost six games in a row to match the worst streak of his NHL career. It's the first time he's lost six straight in regulation; he had an 0-4-2 stretch in 2011-12 and an 0-3-3 span in 2014-15.

"We've just got to keep working as a group," Toffoli said. "We've got to find it within and nobody's going to help us. We've got to do it ourselves."

Video: WPG@LAK: Toffoli pots power-play goal off redirection

Laine put the Jets ahead 2-0 with 59 seconds left in the second period. From behind the net, Ehlers found Laine breaking through the slot for a shot between Quick's legs. Laine has 10 points (seven goals, three assists) in his past 10 games.

Toffoli got positioning at the front of the net and tipped Oscar Fantenberg's shot past Mason at 5:26 of the third period to make it 2-1. It was Toffoli's second goal in three games.

The Jets were 4-for-5 on the penalty kill, including two straight after Toffoli's power-play goal in the third to hold on to the lead.

Forwards Brandon Tanev and Matt Hendricks were singled out by teammates and coach Paul Maurice for their blocked shots during the kills.

"As important as probably Laine's goal was, the game-winner, the blocked shots and some pretty fine penalty-killing were just as important," Maurice said.

Tanev had a game-high four blocked shots, including on Adrian Kempe at 9:54 of the second when he had an open net with the Kings on the power play.

"For a guy who doesn't block a lot of shots, it hurts me as well seeing that," Ehlers said.

Lowry scored with eight seconds left in the first period to give the Jets a 1-0 lead. Quick appeared to lose track of the puck after Winnipeg's Andrew Copp lost possession in the slot. When Lowry ended up with the puck, Quick could not recover in time to stop his backhand shot.

"You've got to bear down to score, and you've got to bear down to deny opportunities," Kings coach John Stevens said. "Sometimes it's a fine line between the difference of winning and losing. That's a good hockey team, and we've got to just dig down a little bit on both sides of the puck."

It was Lowry's third goal in eight games after returning from an upper-body injury. Mason had the secondary assist. It was the 12th assist of his NHL career, first with Winnipeg.

Video: WPG@LAK: Lowry slips backhander past Quick in 1st

 

Goal of the game

Laine's power-play goal at 19:01 of the second period.

Video: WPG@LAK: Laine one-times home PPG late in 2nd

 

Save of the game

Mason caught Anze Kopitar's shot through traffic at 17:31 of the third period.

Video: WPG@LAK: Mason stops Kopitar's backhand shot

 

Highlight of the game

Tanev blocked Kempe's shot at 9:54 of the second period after Mason made a save against Fantenberg at 9:47.

Video: WPG@LAK: Tanev blocks Kempe's shot to save a goal

 

They said it

"Must be the lighting here; it's nice and bright." -- Jets goalie Steve Mason on his 3-0-1 record in his past four starts at Staples Center

 

"We got to find it. We have glimpses of being really good, and then other times where we're not being very good." -- Kings forward Tyler Toffoli on their identity

 

Need to know

It was the first regulation win at Staples Center in Jets/Atlanta Thrashers franchise history. … Winnipeg trails the St. Louis Blues by four points for first place in the Central Division after going 9-2-1 in its past 12 games. … Jets forward Mathieu Perreault had an assist to extend his point streak to four games since returning from a lower-body injury. He has four goals and two assists during the streak. … Winnipeg has an NHL-best plus-12 goal differential in the first period. … The Kings trail the expansion Vegas Golden Knights by one point for first in the Pacific Division. … Kopitar has 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in his past 16 games after he had an assist on Toffoli's goal.

 

What's next

Jets: At the Anaheim Ducks on Friday (4 p.m. ET; PRIME, TSN3, NHL.TV)

Kings: At the Arizona Coyotes on Friday (9 p.m. ET; FS-A, FS-W, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Mason guides Jets to 2-1 victory against Kings

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