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Kings 4, New York Islanders 3 (SO)

Kings beat Islanders in shootout

Jack Johnson scores the only goal in the final round of the shootout.

February 11, 2009|Associated Press

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — After the Kings trailed the New York Islanders for most of the night, Jack Johnson gave them a win with one shot in the shootout.

Johnson scored the only goal of the shootout in the final round as the Kings beat the Islanders, 4-3, on Tuesday night.

Johnson faked a forehand and got Yann Danis to move before he slipped in a back-handed shot to give the Kings their fourth victory in a row.

"He made a pretty good move," Danis said. "I tried to stack my pads, and somehow, it squeezed through."

Wayne Simmonds, Anze Kopitar and Alexander Frolov scored for the Kings. Jonathan Quick, who started his eight consecutive game, turned aside 22 shots.

"This is the best time I've ever had in coaching, and I started as an assistant in 1982," Terry Murray said. "There are a lot of good young guys on our team. It's a great dressing room, and has great chemistry."

The Islanders got regulation goals from Doug Weight, Tim Jackman and Andy Hilbert. Danis stopped 36 shots, but New York lost its third game in a row.

The Kings opened the scoring 2 minutes 8 seconds into the game. Simmonds, in the left circle, took the puck from teammate Brad Richardson and ripped a quick wrist shot past Danis.

The Islanders tied it, 1-1, at 4:53 when Mike Comrie fed Bill Guerin alone in the slot. Guerin waited for Quick to make a move, and then pushed a soft back-pass to Weight, who beat Quick to the glove side.

Jackman put the Islanders up, 2-1, at 4:20 of the second period. Standing along the goal line to Quick's left, Jackman threw a wrist shot toward the net that hit the post and deflected in.

The lead lasted only 67 seconds as Kopitar tied it, 2-2, by finishing a two on one with Patrick O'Sullivan.

"It's good that we came back a couple of times during the game and in the shootout," team captain Dustin Brown said. "These games are huge for us. We can't, and didn't take the Islanders lightly, because a few years ago, we were the Islanders in L.A."

Hilbert got a quick wrist shot off in the low slot and beat Quick to put the Islanders on top, 3-2, at 9:50.

Frolov made it 3-3 at 6:41 of the third period when he scored off a rebound with two seconds left on a power play. Frolov leads the team with 22 goals.

"I thought we played well," Guerin said. "Los Angeles is known as being a good forechecking team, and they were, but I think we forechecked them just as well."

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