Kings Close Out Homestand With Win Over Carolina Hurricanes

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Kings Defeat Hurricanes, 4-3, Improve To 4-1

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Andrei Loktionov's first career goal came from an odd angle early in the third period, lifting the Kings to a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Anze Kopitar, Michal Handzus and Ryan Smyth also scored for Los Angeles, which won its third in a row since its lone loss, at Calgary October 10. Jonathan Bernier turned aside 27 shots, including all 15 he faced in the final period.

Jeff Skinner, Chad LaRose and Eric Staal were the scorers for the Hurricanes, who lost for the third time in four contests. Justin Peters made 23 saves in defeat.

Loktionov, a fifth-round draft pick of Los Angeles in 2008, moved the Kings to a 4-3 edge 3:19 into the third. He held the puck behind the net on the right side and sent it into the crease. The puck deflected off the stick of Peters and between the goaltender's pads and into the net.

Bernier made a stick save on Erik Cole's breakaway try with 13 1/2 minutes remaining. A puck went off the skate of LA's Willie Mitchell and nearly into the net with 5 1/2 minutes left, but Bernier covered up the disc.

Kings forward Dustin Brown was sent off the ice for interference with four minutes left, and the Hurricanes put a lot of pressure on Bernier, who came up with a glove save on Joe Corvo's shot from the left circle with 2:25 left.

Peters was pulled from the net for an extra attacker with about a minute left. Handzus poke-checked the puck away near the net moments later. Staal went off the ice for tripping Kopitar in Carolina's zone with 14.5 seconds to go. Carolina put Peters back in net, and the Kings ran out the remaining time.

Smyth scored 5:43 into the game on a rebound at the right side of the net, but the Hurricanes tied it less than two minutes later on LaRose's goal. The puck hit the back bar of the net after a blast from the left circle. Officials had to use replay to confirm the score.

Staal gave the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead with 2:14 left in the first when his shot from the right circle beat Bernier blocker side, but the Kings evened the contest with 8.5 seconds remaining off a Handzus deflection.

Coming off a 34-goal, 81-point season -- both career highs -- Kopitar had managed just three assists over the Kings' first four games, but he finally lit the lamp 6:58 into the second with a left circle blast.

Skinner, the seventh overall selection in this year's draft, squared the game nearly eight minutes later with his first career goal on a rebound at the right side of the net.

Staal matched Geoff Sanderson (196) for fifth in franchise history in goals...The Kings will start a five-game road trip in Phoenix on Thursday...The Hurricanes, who have yet to play a true home game, finish their road trip against the Coyotes Saturday...Carolina has lost five of its last six at Los Angeles.

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Kings Close Out Homestand With Carolina Hurricanes

(Sports Network) - Though they are still waiting for Anze Kopitar to net his first goal of the season, the center's drought hasn't kept the Kings out of the win column.

Los Angeles seeks a fourth victory in five games to begin the season tonight when they play host to the Carolina Hurricanes at the Staples Center.

Coming off a 34-goal, 81-point season -- both career highs -- Kopitar has managed just three assists over the Kings' first four games. Still, Los Angeles has managed a total of nine goals from four different players while it waits for its playmaker to get hot.

Dustin Brown picked up the scoring slack on Friday, notching a pair of third- period goals in a 4-1 triumph over the Canucks. He leads the club with three tallies on the season.

"Going through a season there is definitely ups and downs," Brown said. "If we can consistently work hard over time then things are going to happen for you."

Jarret Stoll and Justin Williams also scored and Ryan Smyth notched a pair of assists for the Kings, who have won the first two games of a three-game homestand.

Jonathan Quick made 25 saves and has posted a perfect 3-0-0 mark and stellar 0.97 goals-against average so far this year, but Jonathan Bernier is expected to get the start tonight, his first career meeting with the Hurricanes.

Both Kopitar and Brown have a goal and two assists in their careers against Carolina.

After sweeping the Wild in Finland to start the season, the Hurricanes dropped the first two contests of a five-game swing before last night's 5-2 triumph over the Sharks. Five different players scored goals for the 'Canes, with Chad LaRose ending with a goal and two assists.

Eric Staal notched a short-handed goal in the first period and Erik Cole, Patrick Dwyer and Joni Pitkanen also scored for Carolina, while Cam Ward ended with 41 saves.

"I felt really good," said Ward, who is 1-0-1 with a 2.44 GAA in two career starts versus the Kings. "We had tremendous puck pursuit and our penalty kill was excellent."

Carolina, which ends its trip on Saturday in Phoenix, dropped a 5-2 decision at home versus Los Angeles last year in the only meeting between the clubs. Ward missed that meeting due to injury.

The Kings have won the last two meetings in this series and has taken four of the last five at home over the Hurricanes, who haven't won in the City of Angels since Feb. 13, 2007.

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