Viktor Arvidsson scored twice, and Drew Doughty had a goal with an assist, as the Los Angeles Kings extended their point streak to 11 games with Saturday’s 4-1 home victory over the Winnipeg Jets.
Alex Iafallo also scored and Joonas Korpisalo made 25 saves to improve to 4-0-1 since coming over from Columbus for the Kings (42-20-10, 94 points), who tied a franchise record with their current 9-0-2 stretch. Sitting second in the Pacific Division and a winner in four of five, Los Angeles is also amid a 10-0-2 home stretch.
Meanwhile, Pierre Luc-Dubois scored his 25th goal and Connor Hellebuyck stopped 25 shots for Winnipeg (41-30-3, 85 points), which was trying for a third consecutive victory. Owners of the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference, the Jets have dropped three of five on the road.
Los Angeles wasted no time opening the scoring. Just 1:22 into the contest, and off a face-off win by Trevor Moore, Arvidsson snapped the puck past Hellebuyck.
The Kings recorded 12 of the game’s first 13 shots on goal. However, the Jets found some offensive opportunities and posted seven of the opening frame’s final nine.
Yet, Los Angeles extended its lead, via the power play, at 5:28 into the second period. Phillip Danault got the puck behind the Winnipeg net, then pushed it across the crease for Iafallo to bury.
The Jets finally converted near the end of a five-minute cross-checking major to Los Angeles’ Blake Lizotte. With 1:23 remaining in the second, Kyle Connor posted his career-high 47th assist on a cross-slot pass to Dubois, who drove the puck by Korpisalo for Winnipeg’s first power-play goal in seven contests.
Again, Los Angeles struck early in a period, and off another face-off win. This time, Anze Kopitar’s successful draw resulted in the puck finding Doughty, who drove it low and hard by Hellebuyck just 27 seconds into the third.
Winnipeg had a late power-play chance in the third, but failed to convert. Arvidsson put the game away via an empty-netter for his 22nd goal.