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Kings not yet weary of a long road trip

WASHINGTON — Halfway through the longest road trip in franchise history, the Kings have found life away from home to be good.

Andrei Loktionov scored the tiebreaking goal at 3:36 of the third period and Los Angeles beat the punchless Capitals 4-1 on Saturday to extend its point streak to a season-high eight games.

Because the NBA All-Star Game and the Grammy Awards have taken over Staples Center, the Kings have been exiled to the road for a 10-game, three-week stretch. At the midpoint, the Kings are 3-0-2.

After a slow start in this one — Alex Ovechkin scored for the Capitals on the first shot of the game — Los Angeles dominated.

"They get another goal in that first period, then the crowd's bumping," said Wayne Simmonds, who had two assists. "It's like having an extra player on the ice. For us to endure in this game early and to come out late like that, it gives a lot of confidence."

Washington was coming off a 2-0 home loss to the Sharks on Tuesday. The Capitals have scored two goals or fewer in nine of 13 games.

"It's like we're waiting for something to happen," right wing Mike Knuble said. "It's time to throw the switch toward the playoffs. We're entering the toughest part of the season. It's going to be a real indicator if we're a serious contender or not, quite honestly."

The team held a players-only meeting after the game that lasted about 12 minutes. Center Matt Hendricks said the theme was "encouragement."

The Capitals play their next five games on the road, beginning with a trip to the West Coast. Washington defenseman Mike Green played his first game since taking a puck to the face against the Penguins on Feb. 6.

Pens in minor bus accident: The morning after a fight-filled, 9-3 loss to the Islanders, the Penguins hit another rough patch when the team bus hit a car while heading to a practice at a rink in New York's Central Park. The players, dressed in their full gear — minus skates — left the bus and hailed cabs to get to the rink.

"It was quite a sight," coach Dan Bylsma said. "I think the gentleman involved with the accident backed off a little bit when he saw a whole hockey team get out with sticks and gloves in their hands. If he had known anything about (Friday) night, maybe that's why he backed off."

The league said it expected to announce disciplinary actions against the Penguins and Islanders late Saturday. The game produced 346 penalty minutes, 10 ejections, 15 fighting majors and 20 misconducts.

Game highlights: Carey Price made 27 saves for his sixth shutout of the season, second in the league, as the host Canadiens beat the Maple Leafs 3-0. All six Canadian teams played each other on Hockey Day in Canada. … The visiting Senators snapped an 11-game losing streak and avoided falling into the league basement by beating the last-place Oilers 5-3. Alex Kovalev had two goals and an assist for the Senators.

at Canadiens 0 2 1 3
Maple Leafs 0 0 0 0

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesLebda, Tor (interference), 3:53; White, Mon (holding), 12:44; Lupul, Tor, major (fighting), 19:53; Subban, Mon, major (fighting), 19:53.

Second Period1, Montreal, Pouliot 12 (Desharnais, Hamrlik), 10:12. 2, Montreal, Gionta 21 (Pacioretty), 11:52. PenaltiesHamrlik, Mon (tripping), 4:00; Montreal bench, served by Kostitsyn (too many men), 12:37; Kostitsyn, Mon (boarding), 16:27; Phaneuf, Tor (high-sticking), 18:15.

Third Period3, Montreal, Desharnais 5 (Gomez, Hamrlik), 6:19 (pp). PenaltiesBoyce, Tor (hooking), 5:02; Eller, Mon (hooking), 7:52; Boyce, Tor (tripping), 11:07; Crabb, Tor (high-sticking), 17:29; Boyce, Tor (cross-checking), 18:36. Shots on GoalToronto 11-7-9—27. Montreal 15-12-12—39. Power-play opportunitiesToronto 0 of 5; Montreal 1 of 6. GoaliesToronto, Giguere 11-10-3 (39 shots-36 saves). Montreal, Price 27-18-5 (27-27). A21,273 (21,273).

Senators 2 0 3 5
at Oilers 1 1 1 3

First Period1, Ottawa, Butler 1, 2:51. 2, Edmonton, Cogliano 9 (Eberle, Foster), 3:45. 3, Ottawa, Kovalev 12 (Foligno), 7:27. PenaltiesVandermeer, Edm (interference), 7:55; Penner, Edm (holding), 10:48; O'Brien, Ott (holding), 13:30.

Second Period4, Edmonton, Penner 19 (Hemsky), 4:11. PenaltiesFoster, Edm (hooking), 10:03; Spezza, Ott (roughing, roughing), 11:34; Michalek, Ott (roughing, roughing), 11:34; Fraser, Edm (roughing, roughing), 11:34; Smid, Edm (roughing, roughing), 11:34; Neil, Ott (roughing), 13:37; Khabibulin, Edm, served by Hall (roughing, tripping), 13:37; Peckham, Edm (roughing), 13:37.

Third Period5, Ottawa, Michalek 14 (Butler, Spezza), 8:03 (pp). 6, Ottawa, Regin 3 (Kovalev, Foligno), 14:10. 7, Edmonton, Penner 20 (Hemsky, Omark), 17:39. 8, Ottawa, Kovalev 13 (Spezza, Karlsson), 18:37 (en). PenaltiesJacques, Edm (high-sticking), 4:24; Cogliano, Edm (hooking), 7:11; Z.Smith, Ott (slashing), 8:06; Lee, Ott (holding), 9:07; Lee, Ott (tripping), 15:34; Spezza, Ott, double minor (high-sticking), 19:17. Shots on GoalOttawa 6-9-10—25. Edmonton 6-5-7—18. Power-play opportunitiesOttawa 1 of 5; Edmonton 0 of 5. GoaliesOttawa, Elliott 13-19-7 (18 shots-15 saves). Edmonton, Khabibulin 8-25-2 (24-20). A16,839 (16,839).

Kings 0 1 3 4
at Capitals 1 0 0 1

First Period1, Washington, Ovechkin 21, 1:06. PenaltiesWestgarth, LA, major (fighting), 16:57; D..King, Was, major (fighting), 16:57.

Second Period2, Los Angeles, Kopitar 17 (Simmonds, Handzus), 10:41. PenaltiesGreene, LA (delay of game), 6:07; Williams, LA (tripping), 14:38; Green, Was (roughing), 19:27.

Third Period3, Los Angeles, Loktionov 3 (Clifford, Greene), 3:36. 4, Los Angeles, Handzus 8 (Kopitar, Simmonds), 12:28. 5, Los Angeles, Stoll 16 (Williams, Smyth), 13:56. PenaltiesGreene, LA (interference), 7:17; Clifford, LA (delay of game), 15:46. Shots on GoalLos Angeles 4-15-9—28. Washington 8-7-8—23. Power-play opportunitiesLos Angeles 0 of 1; Washington 0 of 4. GoaliesLos Angeles, Bernier 6-8-1 (23 shots-22 saves). Washington, Varlamov 9-8-4 (28-24). A18,398 (18,398).

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