Los Angeles Kings defeat the New York Islanders

Los Angeles Kings defeat the New York Islanders

The Los Angeles Kings defeated the New York Islanders 5-2 on Tuesday night in a game marked by a four-goal outburst in the second period, including two on the power play by Drew Doughty and Alex Iafallo.

Blake Lizotte, Trevor Moore, and Quinton Byfield also scored for Los Angeles. Joonas Korpisalo made 26 saves, and the Kings improved to 6-0-1 in their past seven games.

The Kings coach Todd McLellan praised his team’s commitment and calculated risks on the ice, which has resulted in more scoring.

The Islanders lost their composure early in the second period when Matt Martin was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct after throwing a helmet during a scrum.

Following a subsequent kneeing call against Zach Parise, Doughty scored a one-timer set up by Anze Kopitar during the 5-on-3 power play for a 2-1 lead. Iafallo made it 3-1 one minute later, tapping in the rebound after Viktor Arvidsson hit the post for his 10th goal of the season.

The Kings continued their home-ice dominance, posting a 10-3-1 record since the start of 2023.

They have been boosted by their top-10 power play, operating at 27.6 percent efficiency at home (34 for 123).

Korpisalo has won all three starts since he was traded to the Kings from Columbus on Feb. 28, allowing two goals in each of those outings.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Pierre Engvall each scored a goal for the Islanders, who have dropped their past two games following three straight wins as part of a five-game point streak.


Pageau had missed the past 12 games because of an upper-body injury.

He played 13:39, centering the third line and getting extensive work on the power play and penalty kill, but was disappointed in his return after being at fault on Iafallo’s winning goal.

Lizotte tied his career high with his 10th goal and reached the 30-point mark for the first time in four seasons.

Engvall has scored in consecutive games, his first two points in five games since being acquired from Toronto. Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock had two assists.

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