FINAL – Kings 3, Rangers 1 – Moore, McLellan

The LA Kings skated to a 3-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Monday evening at Arena, pushing their record to 4-2-0 on their current seven-game homestand.

Forwards Phillip Danault, Blake Lizotte and Adrian Kempe scored for the hosts, while Cal Petersen allowed just one goal on 23 shots to earn his second consecutive victory.

After a scoreless opening 20 minutes, the Kings jumped out to a 2-0 lead with two goals early in the second period, both created off of second-chance opportunities, to open the scoring.

Less than a minute into the second period, following a Moore partial breakaway, forward Phillip Danault drove the net and swatted home the rebound on the backhand for his second in as many games. Just under three minutes later, another Moore rebound generated a goal as Blake Lizotte drove the net, kicked a rebound to his stick and slotted it home for his fourth goal of the season.

The Rangers pulled a goal back just past the halfway mark of the third period, as Mike Zibanejad got the visitors on the board. Forward Filip Chytil sent a shot through from above the circles, with Zibanejad getting a deflection from just outside the crease to pull the Rangers within a goal.

The Kings iced the game late with an empty-net tally, from Kempe, to bring us to the final of 3-1.

Hear from Moore, Lizotte and Head Coach Todd McLellan following tonight’s game.

Todd McLellan

Trevor Moore

Notes –
– Cal Petersen stopped 22-of-23 shots to earn his second consecutive win. He has stopped 43-of-44 shots over his last two games for a 0.50 GAA and a .977 SV%.
– Trevor Moore (0-2-2) tallied his third multi-point game of the season. He now has eight points (3-5-8) over the last six games.
– Phillip Danault (1-0-1) scored his seventh goal of the season and now has five points (3-2-5) in the last four games.
– Viktor Arvidsson (0-1-1) recorded his 20th point of the season and has six points (2-4-6) in the last four games.
– Blake Lizotte (1-0-1) scored his fourth goal of the season and has points in two consecutive games (1-1-2). Tonight’s goal marked the first game-winning goal of his career.
– Adrian Kempe (1-0-1) scored his team-leading 16th goal of the season, tying his career-high (2017-18).
– Anze Kopitar (0-1-1) registered his team-leading 21st assist to reach the 30-point plateau.

The Kings are not scheduled to skate tomorrow. The team is set to return to the ice on Wednesday at 11 AM at Toyota Sports Performance Center.

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