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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Big games from Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar have been infrequent for the Los Angeles Kings this season. On Sunday [url=http://www.officialredwings.com/authentic-adidas-chris-terry-jersey]Chris Terry Jersey Womens[/url] , the franchise’s cornerstone players delivered against the Edmonton Oilers.Dustin Brown recorded a hat trick, Anze Kopitar scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and had two assists and the Kings defeated the Oilers 5-2.“Sometimes it just comes down to players feeling good on certain nights, and I think me and (Kopitar) and (Alex Iafallo) all felt really well going into the game,” Brown said.Matt Luff also scored and Cal Petersen made 32 saves for the Kings, who snapped a five-game home losing streak.Alex Chiasson scored twice for the Oilers, who went 1-1-1 during their first road trip under new coach Ken Hitchcock. Connor McDavid had an assist to extend his point streak to six games, and Cam Talbot made 27 saves.Kopitar put the Kings in front 4:27 into the third period when Derek Forbort sprung the Kings’ captain for a breakaway with a long pass into the neutral zone. Kopitar used a wrist shot through Talbot’s legs for his third goal in the last five games.Brown completed his hat trick at 19:06 with an empty-net goal. Brown’s fifth career hat trick was the second multi-goal game by a Kings player this season.Kings coach Willie Desjardins said the top line of Kopitar, Brown and Iafallo has been feeling the pressure as scoring chances had dried up. But that group was vital as the Kings scored more than three goals for the first time since a 4-1 win over Anaheim on Nov. 6, in Desjardin’s first game in charge.“They have worked hard and it’s nice to kind of get the monkey off your back where you’re finally scoring a little bit [url=http://www.bluejacketsshoponline.com/authentic-nick-foligno-jersey]Nick Foligno Jersey[/url] , so it was good to see them get (four),” Desjardins said.Luff added an empty-netter at 19:33 to extend his scoring streak to four games. He is the fifth Kings rookie to have a scoring streak of at least four games and the first to do it since Jimmy Carson had a goal in seven straight from March 19-30, 1987.Brown scored on the power play to tie the game at 2-all 4:13 into the second period after Chiasson put Edmonton in front at 2:16.Chiasson tied it at 1-1 at 13:19 into the first period with his ninth goal of the season. McDavid picked up his 10th point and seventh assist during his point streak.Chiasson has four goals in his past five games. Hitchcock said he would consider giving Chiasson a chance to play with McDavid on the top line after seeing them connect on Chiasson’s second power-play goal.“He doesn’t have great foot speed, but he’s got great offensive instincts and where he’s really good is down low,” Hitchcock said. “He gets himself into great spots. I think we got to consider bouncing him up one notch.”Brown gave the Kings a 1-0 lead at 7:56, tapping in a pass from Kopitar at the back post after they got in behind three Oilers. It was Brown’s first goal since Nov. 3 and ended a stretch of eight games without scoring.Hitchcock viewed his first week with the Oilers as a success and expects the team to make significant strides moving forward.“I’m really excited by the potential,” Hitchcock said. “I know we can get better and I know that it’s there, but I also know we came in three tough buildings. All their best players, they all got rings [url=http://www.bluejacketsshoponline.com/authentic-oliver-bjorkstrand-jersey]Authentic Oliver Bjorkstrand Jersey[/url] , and they were the best players tonight. And we still went at those guys pretty hard, so that’s a good sign.”NOTES: Kings F Carl Hagelin was placed on injured reserve after sustaining a sprained MCL in his knee against Vancouver on Saturday. Hagelin will have an MRI on Monday. … Kings G Jonathan Quick is expected to return during the team’s upcoming three-game Canadian road trip, coach Willie Desjardins said. Quick has not played since sustaining a knee injury in practice on Oct. 27 that required surgery.UP NEXTOilers: Host the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.Kings: Visit the Canucks on Tuesday. SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) The surging Florida Panthers are edging closer to a playoff spot.Aleksander Barkov scored his 24th goal of the season, James Reimer made 24 saves in his first start in six games and Florida beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 on Friday night.The Panthers have won five straight and are 12-3-0 in their past 15. They moved within one point of Columbus and Carolina for the second Eastern Conference wild card.Colton Sceviour, Aaron Ekblad and Mike Matheson also scored for the Panthers. Evgenii Dadanov and Nick Bjugstad each had two assists.”We’re having a heck of a run here,” Bjugstad said. ”Anything can happen at the end of the year. A spark has been lit here.”Reimer filled in admirably for Roberto Luongo, who has won four straight but was given the night off in the second of back-to-back games.”He was sharp,” Panthers coach Bob Boughner said about Reimer. ”It was nice to get four goals for him [url=http://www.bluejacketsshoponline.com/authentic-ryan-murray-jersey]Ryan Murray Jersey[/url] , but I think he looked real comfortable in the net.”Sam Reinhart scored for the Sabres, and Robin Lehner made 26 saves.”I think we had effort today, but they got some breaks and we didn’t,” Lehner said. ”It was a solid game but things were just clicking for them.”Barkov stretched the Panthers’ lead to 3-1 when he flipped the puck over Lehner’s shoulder at 6:49 of the second period. Barkov has six goals and nine assists in his past 10 games and is tied with Vincent Trocheck for the team lead in goals.Sceviour made it 4-1 when he poked in a rebound with 8:44 left in the second.”They capitalized on their opportunities and we didn’t,” Sabres coach Phil Housley said.Florida’s previous four games were decided by one goal, but the Panthers took a 4-1 lead into the third period.”We don’t get a lot of those games,” Boughner said.Ekblad put the Panthers ahead 2-1 after he took a cross-ice pass from Keith Yandle in the right circle and wristed it past Lehner with 3:19 left in the first.Matheson gave Florida a 1-0 lead 1:25 in when he corralled the puck in the high slot and fired a shot that beat Lehner on the stick side. The goal was Matheson’s ninth but first on home ice.Reinhart tied the score at 1 when he swept the puck in from the right side at 5:34 of the first.NOTES: The Panthers have scored first in 11 of their past 13 games. … Reinhart has 21 points in his past 21 games. … Sabres forward Kyle Okposo returned after missing Wednesday’s game at Tampa Bay due to the birth of his third child.UP NEXTSabres: Host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday.Panthers: Host the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.—
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