RECAP: Devils score 3 goals in 68 seconds to beat Kings 5-3
Steve Bernier netted his first two power-play goals of the season, and the New Jersey Devils scored three times during a 68-second span of the second period in a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night.
Martin Havlat, Michael Cammalleri and Michael Ryder also scored for the Devils, and Cory Schneider made 23 saves.
The Kings’ goals were scored by Marian Gaborik, Justin Williams and captain Dustin Brown, who ended a 17-game drought. The defending Stanley Cup champions have played 20 consecutive games without being outshot but are 8-7-5 during that stretch.
It was the third meeting between the teams since the Kings beat the Devils in the 2012 Stanley Cup finals. Jaromir Jagr and Tuomo Ruutu didn’t make the trip for the three-game West Coast swing because of the flu.
The Devils, 2 for 26 on the power play over their previous 10 games, opened the scoring on Bernier’s goal with 14 seconds left in the first period.
Brown tied it at 1:16 of the second with his first goal since Dec. 4.
Los Angeles’ Martin Jones, making consecutive starts for the second time this season following a 19-save shutout over Toronto on Monday, was pulled by coach Darryl Sutter at 9:20 of the second period after the Devils grabbed a 3-1 lead on their eighth shot.
Bernier was credited with another power-play goal after his intended pass to Cammalleri caromed into the net off the left skate of defenseman Drew Doughty. Bernier’s two power-play goals were his first in 120 games since March 30, 2013.
Havlat added his fourth of the season just 23 seconds later.
In came Quick, but the results were the same. Cammalleri and Ryder scored on rebounds exactly 7 minutes apart to increase New Jersey’s lead to 5-1 at 17:05. It marked the eighth time this season that the Kings allowed at least five goals – something that happened only six times last season.
NOTES: Jones returned to the net for the start of the third period after Quick faced seven shots. … Rob Blake, inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov. 17, will have his No. 4 retired by the Kings on Saturday. He will be the sixth player to be so honored. … Since their Stanley Cup finals matchup, the Devils are 70-69-36 and the Kings are 93-58-23 with another championship. … The last time the Kings were outshot was Nov. 29 in 4-1 home loss to Chicago. … After this trip, the Devils will play 12 of 15 at home.