Los Angeles 5, Washington 2

Monday, January 9, 2012 10:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Washington 21-17-0-2 14-5-0-1 7-12-0-1 L2
Los Angeles 21-15-3-4 13-10-0-2 8-5-3-2 W1


Kyle Clifford had a goal and an assist for his first multi-point effort of the season and Jonathan Bernier turned aside 20 shots as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Washington Capitals for the fifth straight time with a 5-2 home triumph on Monday.

Anze Kopitar, Jarret Stoll and defensemen Jack Johnson and Drew Doughty also scored and Trent Hunter notched a pair of assists for Los Angeles. The Kings improved to 7-1-3 in their last 11 games and pulled to within one point of Pacific Division-leading San Jose.

Entering the game with a league-low 88 goals, Los Angeles scored five goals in a contest for fifth time this season.

After Clifford cleaned up a rebound to tie the game midway through the first period, the Kings took advantage of Brooks Laich's turnover as Kopitar beat Tomas Vokoun with 34 seconds left in the session.

Johnson doubled the Kings' lead 3:01 into the second period after accepting Clifford's feed and wristing a shot past Vokoun to cap a 3-on-1 break. Stoll's tap-in with 3:33 remaining in the session effectively put this one on ice.

The offense was more than enough for Bernier, who notched his first win since Nov. 22.

Marcus Johansson scored twice for Washington, which has dropped two in a row after a four-game winning streak.

Top Game Performances

Washington   Los Angeles
Marcus Johansson 2 Points Kyle Clifford 2
Marcus Johansson 2 Goals Kyle Clifford 1
Roman Hamrlik 1 Assists Trent Hunter 2
N/A Power Play Goals Justin Williams 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Michal Neuvirth .875 Save Percentage Jonathan Bernier .909
Tomas Vokoun 23 Saves Jonathan Bernier 20

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Washington 22 2 0-3 2-3 18 40
Los Angeles 35 5 1-3 3-3 18 43

Upcoming Games

  • Los Angeles will play its next game at home against Dallas. The Kings have a W/L % of .400 after a win and .565 after a loss.
  • Washington will play its next game at home against Pittsburgh. The Capitals have a W/L % of .591 after a win and .444 after a loss.
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