Left wing Charlie Simmer and the Boston Bruins are on a roll.
Simmer, the leading goal scorer in the first two weeks of the National Hockey League season, scored twice and had one assist to lead the Bruins to a 5-2 win over the Kings Tuesday night before 8,591 fans at the Forum.
It was the third straight loss for the Kings and their sixth in seven games this season. The Kings have given up 41 goals this season to tie Toronto for the most goals allowed.
Simmer, who was traded by the Kings to the Bruins for a first-round draft pick on Oct. 23, 1984, has 10 goals and 4 assists in 7 games. He already has two hat tricks this season. Brian Propp of the Philadelphia Flyers is second in the NHL in scoring with 7 goals and 5 assists in six games and Wayne Gretzky is third with 3 goals and 8 assists in 5 games.
Simmer has played particularly well against the Kings. Last season he scored the winning goal in a 5-4 overtime victory against the Kings in Boston last Jan. 7. He also scored the tying goal in a 3-3 game against the King last Feb. 14 at the Forum.
The Bruins are off to a 5-1-1 start under rookie Coach Butch Goring, who played 11 seasons for the Kings before he was traded to the New York Islanders in March of 1980. Goring celebrated his 36th birthday Tuesday.
The Bruins, who scored on their first shot in every period against Kings goalie Darren Eliot, led 3-1 going into the third period.
Morris Lukowich scored on a backhander off a pass from Rick Middleton at 2:51 of the third period to give the Bruins a three-goal lead. Middleton had two assists, setting up a first-period goal by Barry Pederson.
Simmer set up a power-play goal by Steve Kasper with 13 minutes left in the third period. The Bruins had two power-play goals against the Kings. Simmer' first goal came on a power play.
Kings center Doug Smith scored his second goal of the game on a backhander with 4:49 left in the third period.
Bruins goalie Doug Keans, a former King, made several good saves. Keans, who was waived by the Kings, has never lost to his former team. Keans has a 3-0-2 record against the Kings.
The Bruins scored on their first two shots of the game against to take a 2-0 lead after one period.
It was the second straight game in which the Kings have given up early goals. Edmonton scored on its first three shots against goalie Bob Janecyk in the first period of an 8-5 win over the Kings last Sunday.
Pederson, who missed all but 22 games last season after undergoing surgery to remove a growth on his arm, scored his fourth goal of the season just 29 seconds into the game.
Boston had its first power play of the game after Kings defenseman Dean Kennedy was called for hooking 46 seconds into the game.
Simmer got his first goal of the game on a tough-angle shot on the Bruins' power play at 1:28 of the first period. Simmer came around the net and flipped in a shot from about 10 feet to the left side of the net.
Boston left wing Nevin Markwart lost a couple of teeth and suffered oral lacerations when he was decked by Kings left wing Phil Sykes with 17:54 left in the first period. Markwart did not return the rest of the game.
The Kings were outshot, 11-3, in the first 10 minutes of the game but wound up outshooting the Bruins, 13-11, in the first period thanks to a couple of power plays.
Simmer got his second goal of the game at 1:13 of the second period to give Boston a 3-0 lead. Ken Linseman dropped a pass to Simmer in the slot and Simmer put one little move on Eliot before shooting.
But the Kings got a break with 16:08 left in the second period on a disputed goal by Smith.
Defenseman Garry Galley gave Kings left wing Dave (Tiger) Williams a pass in the slot and Williams flipped the puck to Smith just in front of the goal. But a Bruin defenseman hooked Smith into the net and there was a four-player pileup which knocked the nets off the magnets which hold it in place.
It appeared in TV replays that the puck did not cross the line until after the net was knocked loose, but referee Ron Fournier ruled that it was a goal.
Kings Notes Boston right wing Nevin Markwart lost a lost a couple of teeth and suffered oral lacerations if a first-period altercation with King left wing Phil Sykes. Sykes knocked Markwart to the ice with a left hook. . . . The Kings sent left wing Dan Brennan to their New Haven farm team. Brennan was the only rookie who had played in the team's first six games. . . . Right wing Jim Fox sat out the game with a sore back.