L.A. Kings ride big 2nd period past Panthers, 5-2
Jeff Carter had a power-play goal and an assist during Los Angeles' four-goal second period, and Jonathan Quick made 30 saves in the Kings' 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.
Kings defensemen Matt Greene and Robyn Regehr both scored rare goals during the defending Stanley Cup champions' highest-scoring period of the season.
Marian Gaborik and captain Dustin Brown added power-play goals in Los Angeles' second straight victory after losing seven of nine.
Jimmy Hayes and Jussi Jokinen scored for the Panthers, who have lost five of seven. Roberto Luongo stopped 21 shots in two periods before Al Montoya relieved him for the third.
Greene started the Kings' second-period rally with his first goal in nearly 13 months, and Regehr capped it with his first goal since Feb. 26.
Los Angeles' power play has five goals in two games after managing just one score in its previous nine games and only six in the first 17 games of the season.
Florida didn't build on its surprising 6-2 victory at Western Conference-leading Anaheim two nights earlier. The Panthers trailed 4-0 before Hayes and Jokinen scored the club's first goal against Los Angeles since Feb. 9, 2012.
Florida forward Rocco Grimaldi played in his second hockey game of the day. The Los Angeles-area native suited up Tuesday morning for the Panthers' AHL affiliate in San Antonio before catching a plane to the coast as an emergency replacement for Aleksander Barkov, who fell ill.
The Staples Center fans gave a standing ovation to Florida captain Willie Mitchell, who left the Kings as a free agent last summer after playing a key role on Los Angeles' two championship teams. Mitchell received his second ring from the Kings before the game.
After a scoreless first period, Greene nimbly charged the net and shoveled home a pass from fellow defenseman Brayden McNabb. Greene, a stay-at-home defenseman, hadn't scored a goal since Oct. 19, 2013, playing 47 regular-season games and 20 playoff games in between.
Carter then capitalized on a pass from Dwight King for his seventh goal of the season, just his second in 11 games. Gaborik knocked in his own rebound a few minutes later, scoring his third goal of a slow-starting season.
NOTES: Jamie McBain got his first point for the Kings with the secondary assist on Carter's goal. The Kings signed McBain as a free agent Nov. 11 and immediately put him in their depleted lineup. ... Luongo has lost his last eight starts against the Kings dating to the 2012 playoffs, when he lost twice for the Vancouver Canucks in the first round. ... Dodgers infielder Justin Turner dropped the ceremonial first puck.