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After one at Staples: Florida 1, Kings 1


The Kings extended their home penalty-killing success to 39 for 39 after killing off a penalty they were assessed for having too many men on the ice, and shortly afterward scored their only goal of the first period.

Justin Williams made a fine pass out of the right-wing corner to Stoll, who was in the right circle. While on the move Stoll held the puck for an instant and then took a shot that skidded along the ice and got past goaltender Tomas Vokoun at 10:24. Ryan Smyth and Williams got the assists.

The Smyth-Stoll-Williams line, which carried the Kings for the past few weeks, had been broken up by Coach Terry Murray, who often shifts his forwards round in a too-often futile attempt to squeeze some scoring out of his lineup. Murray put Trevor Lewis on the right with Smyth and Stoll and had put Williams on the first line, with Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar, but the former linemates found themselves reunited after the penalty kill and showed they hadn’t lost their touch.

The Panthers took advantage of a strange bounce to tie the score at 13:51. A blast from the point caromed off the glass and in front of the net, where Michal Repik had a half-empty net to poke the puck in for his first goal of the season. Jonathan Quick had no chance.

The Panthers had a 10-7 edge in shots after the first period.

More later at www.latimes.com/sports
Helene Elliott

 
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