Kings end slump, drop Caps
LOS ANGELES — Kyle Clifford scored the Kings' first regulation goal in more than 170 minutes, Jack Johnson snapped a personal 17-game goal drought, and Los Angeles emphatically emerged from its scoring slump in a 5-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Monday night.
Anze Kopitar, Jarret Stoll and Justin Williams also scored for the Kings, who had scored just two goals in their previous three games while dropping to last overall in the NHL with just 88 total goals. Los Angeles is out of the basement after a stellar offensive game against the Capitals.
Jonathan Bernier made 20 saves to help the Kings earn at least a point for the ninth time in 10 games since coach Darryl Sutter took over on Dec. 19.
Marcus Johansson scored two goals for the Capitals.
Panthers 2, Canucks 1
At Sunrise, Fla., the Florida Panthers were excited to break out of their slump with a victory against an elite team.
Marcel Goc scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the second period and the Panthers beat Vancouver.
After a scrum in front of the Vancouver net, Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo ended up on his back during the flurry of shots and Goc was able to poke in the puck with 9:08 left in the period.
Goc also had an assist as the Panthers won for just the third time in nine games. Dmitry Kulikov scored the Panthers' first goal and Scott Clemmensen finished with 25 saves.
Kris Versteeg got an assist Goc's score to break a season-high four-game pointless streak.