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Kopitar has goal, 2 assists, Kings end skid, beat Devils

Kings end 2-game losing streak behind goal and 2 assists by Kopitar

Kopitar has goal, 2 assists, Kings end skid, beat Devils

NEWARK, New Jersey (AP) -- Anze Kopitar had a goal and two assists as the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings beat the New Jersey Devils 3-1 on Monday at the start of a five-game trip.

Andrej Sekera and Tyler Toffoli also scored for the Kings, who are on the outside of the Western Conference playoff picture. Marian Gaborik added two assists, and Jonathan Quick made 19 saves as Los Angeles won for only the second time in five games.

Scott Gomez scored for the Devils, who lost their second straight game. Cory Schneider made 30 saves for New Jersey, which is in danger of missing the playoffs for the third straight season.

Chicago's Andrew Shaw scored two goals as the Blackhawks held off the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1.

Corey Crawford made 43 saves for the Blackhawks, who have earned a point in 18 of their past 21 games and are fourth in the Western Conference. Shaw scored in the first period and added an empty-net goal with 40 seconds left.

Patrick Sharp had a goal and assist, and Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville earned his 750th NHL victory.

Mika Zibanejad scored twice as the Ottawa Senators moved into an Eastern Conference playoff position with a 5-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks.

The Senators earned their seventh straight win and jumped one point ahead of Boston for the second wild-card spot in the East with a game in hand. Ottawa is above the postseason cutoff for the first time since late November.

Alex Chiasson, Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Mike Hoffman, with an empty-net goal, also scored for Ottawa.

In Toronto, Devan Dubnyk added to his ironman streak, making his 32nd straight start as the Minnesota Wild extended their string of road wins to nine, hanging on for a 2-1 victory over the slumping Maple Leafs.

The loss was the sixth straight for the Maple Leafs, who came close several times to tying it late.

Charlie Coyle and Thomas Vanek scored for Minnesota.

The Dallas Stars edged the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 after Cody Eakin scored at 16:46 of the third period.

Stars captain Jamie Benn netted his team's first two goals and earned his 200th NHL assist on the third by Patrick Eaves, who tied it 3-3 at 12:35 of the third.

In other games, Lance Bouma and David Jones had a goal and an assist each to lead the Calgary Flames over the Colorado Avalanche 3-2, while the Jets' Lee Stempniak scored the winning goal as Winnipeg firmed its Western Conference playoff spot with a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

Updated : 2021-07-24 13:57 GMT+08:00