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Kings win amid more coach drama

TORONTO — Dustin Brown scored the only goal in a shootout Monday and the Kings wrapped up a bizarre road trip with a 3-2 win over the Maple Leafs on Monday night.

Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer made 40 saves, and Justin Williams and Brown scored in regulation for Los Angeles.

John-Michael Liles and Matt Frattin scored for Toronto, which has two wins in the past nine games.

The Kings limped into Toronto having lost six of their past seven games, a stretch that cost Terry Murray his job as coach Dec. 12, the day before they started the four-game trip, which they finished 2-2.

Assistant John Stevens was named interim coach, but his tenure ends today, when, the Kings said Monday, they will announce Darryl Sutter's hiring. Sutter, whose hiring was rumored throughout the trip, will conduct practice Wednesday. His first game will be Thursday against the Ducks.

They caught a break early in the first period when defenseman Drew Doughty fired the puck into the offensive zone along the glass, only to have it kick off a stanchion and directly in front of the goal. Williams calmly collected it and beat Reimer high at 7:54.

Toronto evened the score a few minutes later. Liles stepped off the point and met the puck as it bounced out from the boards, hammering a shot past Jonathan Quick's glove.

Reimer began to make his presence felt during a second period where his team was outshot 16-4. He kicked a leg out to deny Simon Gagne early on and was beaten only after the Kings received their second good bounce of the evening.

The puck appeared to trickle outside the blue line — even Doughty appeared to pull up while trying to corral it — but the linesman ruled it onside. Seconds later, it was in the back of the Leafs net after a series of passes put the puck on Brown's stick for him to score at 14:58.

around the league: Two players were suspended for bad hits: Bruins forward Milan Lucic got one game, Monday against the Canadiens, for checking Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo from behind Saturday. In the game, Lucic was assessed a major for checking from behind and a game misconduct. Flames forward Rene Bourque is out two games for sending Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook into the boards headfirst Sunday. Bourque got a major for checking from behind and a game misconduct. Seabrook left the game and didn't returned. The team hoped he could play tonight against the Penguins. … Sharks wing Marty Havlat won't play against the Lightning on Wednesday after hurting his left leg in a fluke accident during a line change against the Oilers on Saturday. Havlat was hurt as he jumped over the boards and had to crawl off the ice. He said his skate got caught and he felt pain.

at Bruins 1 1 1 3
Canadiens 1 0 1 2

First Period1, Boston, Pouliot 6 (Peverley), 12:13. 2, Montreal, Plekanec 7 (Cammalleri, Moen), 13:26. PenaltiesNone.

Second Period3, Boston, Krejci 6 (Ference), 2:42. PenaltiesHorton, Bos (hooking), 3:50; Gorges, Mon (interference), 11:24; Leblanc, Mon, double minor (high-sticking), 16:23.

Third Period4, Boston, Marchand 12 (Seguin, Bergeron), 14:14. 5, Montreal, Cole 13 (Desharnais, Pacioretty), 18:46. PenaltiesHamill, Bos (cross-checking), 5:44. Shots on GoalMontreal 9-9-17—35. Boston 9-11-11—31. Power-play opportunitiesMontreal 0 of 2; Boston 0 of 3. GoaliesMontreal, Price 12-11-7 (31 shots-28 saves). Boston, Thomas 16-5-0 (35-33).

Kings 1 1 0 0 3
at Maple Leafs 1 0 1 0 2
Kings win shootout 1-0

First Period1, Los Angeles, Williams 5 (Doughty, Scuderi), 7:54. 2, Toronto, Liles 4 (Bozak), 11:01. PenaltiesWestgarth, LA (holding), 5:19; Clifford, LA, major (fighting), 7:57; Rosehill, Tor, major (fighting), 7:57; Lupul, Tor (slashing), 11:47; Lewis, LA (tripping), 14:29; Greene, LA (roughing), 18:47; Schenn, Tor (boarding), 18:47; Phaneuf, Tor (cross-checking), 19:23.

Second Period3, Los Angeles, D.Brown 7 (Gagne, Kopitar), 14:58 (pp). PenaltiesWestgarth, LA (high-sticking), 4:49; Schenn, Tor (tripping), 14:05; Williams, LA (high-sticking), 15:23; Franson, Tor (interference), 17:44; D.Brown, LA (high-sticking), 18:12.

Third Period4, Toronto, Frattin 4 (Grabovski, Kulemin), 2:56. PenaltiesLiles, Tor (cross-checking), 4:09.

OvertimeNone. PenaltiesNone.

ShootoutLos Angeles 1 (Stoll NG, Kopitar NG, D.Brown G), Toronto 0 (Kessel NG, Frattin NG, Lupul NG). Shots on GoalLos Angeles 14-16-10-2—42. Toronto 15-4-10-4—33. Power-play opportunitiesLos Angeles 1 of 5; Toronto 0 of 5. GoaliesLos Angeles, Quick 13-10-4 (33 shots-31 saves). Toronto, Reimer 5-3-3 (42-40).

Kings win amid more coach drama 12/19/11 [Last modified: Monday, December 19, 2011 10:53pm]

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