Kings fall short in loss to Bruins
BOSTON (AP) — Brad Marchand continued his recent hot scoring stretch with a pair of goals Monday, lifting the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings.
Marchand, who also had two in Boston’s shootout loss in Chicago on Sunday, has scored six in his past four games. Torey Krug had the other goal for the Bruins, who won at home for the 11th time in 13 games.
Boston’s backup goaltender Chad Johnson made 21 saves.
Willie Mitchell and Jeff Carter scored for the Kings. Jonathan Quick stopped 20 shots.
Los Angeles has lost two straight, but collected points in six of eight (4-2-2).
Marchand scored 18 seconds after Los Angeles had tied the game when he one-timed Patrice Bergeron’s pass inside the right post by Quick’s glove.
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Trailing 2-1 with just under 11 minutes to play and the Kings skating on a power play, Carter fired a shot past Johnson for his team-leading 19th of the season.
The Bruins’ special teams had given them a 2-0 edge after one period when Marchand had a short-handed goal and Krug scored on the power play.
Marchand’s first goal pushed Boston ahead 1-0 just over 12 minutes into the game. His score was filled with stick-handling and persistence after he beat two Kings players before slipping the puck between Quick’s pads.
Bergeron’s pass sent Marchand in one-on-one against defenseman Drew Doughty. The Bruins winger shifted around Doughty, but lost control of the puck just before he attempted a shot. After getting it back, alone with three Kings players in front, he shifted around Anze Kopitar before firing a forehand shot.
Krug’s slap shot from the right circle clanged into the net off the right post, giving Boston a 2-0 edge at 17:51.
Los Angeles sliced it to 2-1 early in the second when Mike Richards circled the net and slipped a pass to Mitchell, who one-timed a shot under the crossbar near the right post.
Quick kept it a one-goal game for the rest of the second with a couple of nice stops. He made a sprawling right-pad stop on Reilly Smith’s bid from the edge of the crease and a glove stop on Zdeno Chara.
NOTES: Marchand has 11 goals in his past 15 games. … Boston D Adam McQuaid missed the game after leaving Sunday’s in Chicago with what coach Claude Julien said, he believed, was a leg injury. "He is being evaluated right now by our medical staff or doctors," Julien said before the game. "I think, right now, it’s a leg injury." … Julien also said D Dougie Hamilton, who missed his fourth straight with a concussion, may be able to practice soon. "I haven’t been told yet that he’s totally in with us, but that could come soon," Julien said. … The Kings played their third of a five-game road trip. They are at Columbus on Tuesday night and Anaheim on Thursday. … Boston is in the midst of playing seven of nine on the road. The Bruins are off until they’re at Philadelphia on Saturday and the New York Islanders on Sunday. … Los Angeles won the only other meeting between the teams 4-2 at home on Jan. 9.