Stoll leads Kings over Devils

Jarret Stoll had a goal and two assists, and Jonathan Quick made

39 saves to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-1 victory over the

New Jersey Devils on Saturday night.

Justin Williams added a goal and an assist, and Michael Handzus

scored a power-play goal for the Kings, whose 4-0 home start is

their best since the 1988-89 season.

Matt Taormina scored and Martin Brodeur made 18 saves for the

Devils (3-8-1), who are off to the worst start in franchise

history. Ilya Kovalchuk played in Los Angeles for the first time

since spurning a 15-year, $80 million offer from the Kings and

re-signing with New Jersey.

The sold-out crowd loudly booed Kovalchuk whenever he touched

the puck.

The Kings recorded their 800th regular-season victory as a

franchise on Mattias Norstrom Night. The team’s former captain and

defenseman was honored before the game for his 12 seasons with the

organization. The game’s first goal was scored by Williams, who

wears Norstrom’s old No. 14.

Ryan Smyth, who didn’t record a point during the Kings’ 3-2 road

trip, started the play that led to Williams’ fifth goal at 6:52 of

the opening period. He passed the puck to Stoll, who dropped a pass

to Williams for a wrist shot from the right circle. Williams had

made a nifty spin move to avoid a check by rookie defenseman Tyler


The Kings didn’t get their first power play until 8:33 of the

second period, when Devils defenseman Colin White batted a

fluttering puck over the glass. Handzus scored about a minute into

the advantage, converting a rebound after Brodeur stopped Stoll’s

one-timer from the left point.

Taormina got New Jersey on the board at 10:38 of the second,

using teammate Dainius Zubrus as a screen and beating Quick with a

wrist shot from just inside the blue line. But Los Angeles restored

its two-goal margin just 24 seconds later. Rob Scuderi took a long

slap shot off the end boards that caromed out to Stoll, who

backhanded the puck inside the left post with Brodeur out of


NOTES: Participating in Norstrom’s ceremony were a number of

former teammates including Luc Robitaille, Rob Blake, Mathieu

Schneider and Philadelphia Flyers RW Ian Laperriere, who is sitting

out this season because of post-concussion syndrome. Several other

ex-Kings videotaped messages. … The Devils placed D Anton

Volchenkov (neck) on the injured list and recalled C Brad Mills

from Albany (AHL). … New Jersey was 0 for 2 on the power play and

is an NHL-worst 3 for 39. The Kings have allowed just five goals in

48 short-handed situations, and none in 15 at home. … The Devils

are 0-8 when trailing after two periods, and haven’t scored more

than three goals in a game. … The last time the Kings won their

first four home games in regulation was in the 1980-81 season when

they were 7-0.