Willie Desjardins couldn’t muster up a smile, but the relief among the Kings was visible from their head coach on down after Los Angeles avoided tying the longest losing streak in team history.
Adrian Kempe had a goal and an assist, and the host Kings stopped a 10-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday.
“It has been a long time,” Desjardins said. “And in the end it’s just a way better feeling when you win.”
Dustin Brown scored twice for Los Angeles, which was at risk of matching the franchise’s 11-game slide from March 16-April 4, 2004. Ilya Kovalchuk and Brendan Leipsic each had a goal and an assist, and Sean Walker scored a power-play goal. Jonathan Quick made 29 saves.
Chicago trailed 3-0 late in the first period, but rallied and tied the score in the second. Kempe then put Los Angeles ahead for good when he scored off a pass from Jonny Brodzinski at 8:08 of the second.
“The last couple of games, it’s been tight and we haven’t really got a bounce this way. Just kept battling through it and tonight we got a lot of those as a team,” Kempe said. “That’s kind of what we needed to get going here and it was a perfect game. Everybody has to step up the way they did tonight and hopefully we can keep it going.”
Brendan Perlini scored twice for the Blackhawks, who have dropped three of four.
Lightning 5, Senators 1: Nikita Kucherov had a goal and an assist to help host Tampa Bay earn its 50th victory in 66 games. The Lightning tied the 1995-96 Red Wings as the fastest teams in NHL history to reach the 50-win mark.
Oilers 4, Blue Jackets 0: Leon Draisaitl had a goal and two assists, Connor McDavid had three assists and Mikko Koskinen made 30 saves as visiting Edmonton rolled.
Bruins 1, Devils 0: Brad Marchand scored a power-play goal early in the opening period and Tuukka Rask made 20 saves for his third shutout of the season as host Boston improved to 12-0-4 in its past 16 games.
Maple Leafs 5, Sabres 2: John Tavares and Mitch Marner each had a goal and two assists in host Toronto’s fourth win in five games.
Penguins 5, Canadiens 1: Jake Guentzel scored two goals and had two assists and Sidney Crosby added a goal and three assists for visiting Pittsburgh.
Hurricanes 4, Panthers 3: Sebastian Aho scored at 1:46 of overtime as visiting Carolina recorded its fifth straight win.
Coyotes 3, Red Wings 1: Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Vinnie Hinostroza each had a goal and assist to help host Arizona win its sixth in a row.
Stars 4, Blues 1: Jamie Benn recorded his fifth career hat trick to help Dallas snap St. Louis’ seven-game home winning streak.
Wild 4, Flames 2: Matt Read, Ryan Suter and Ryan Donato scored third-period goals to help visiting Minnesota beat Calgary.
Briefly: Ducks wing Jakob Silfverberg signed a five-year, $26.25 million extension through the 2023-24 season. … Devils wing Kurti Gabriel was suspended for a game for boarding Flyers forward Noland Patrick on Friday. … Blues forward Jaden Schwartz was fined $5,000 for cross-checking Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton on Friday.
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