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Kings blow by Caps to continue strong road trip

Feb 12, 2011 - 9:45 PM
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Michal Handzus and Anze Kopitar each had a goal and an assist, as the Los Angeles Kings scored four unanswered goals to beat the Washington Capitals, 4-1.

Andrei Loktionov and Jarret Stoll also lit the lamp for the Kings, who improved to 3-0-2 on their 10-game road trip.

Jonathan Bernier made 22 saves for Los Angeles, which has won four in a row against Washington.

"Obviously, I think the team played one of our best hockey games, for sure," Bernier said. "I think guys were really willing to pay the price, coming back hard to our zone, and that makes a huge difference for a goalie, that's for sure."

Alex Ovechkin scored the lone goal for the Capitals, who have lost two straight and five of seven overall. Semyon Varlamov turned aside 24-of-28 shots in defeat.

Ovechkin put the Capitals on the board just 1:06 into the game. A loose puck was gathered at center ice by Ovechkin, who charged down the left side of the ice before firing a wrister past Bernier.

The Kings managed just four shots on goal in the opening period, then peppered Varlamov with 15 in the second and tied the game at the 10:41 mark of the middle stanza when Kopitar jammed home a rebound.

Loktionov sparked a three-goal third period at the 3:36 mark. Kyle Clifford's shot from the right circle set up a rebound in front and Loktionov was right there to put the puck in the net.

Handzus kept the goals coming at the 12:28 mark. A scramble for the puck in front resulted in Handzus jamming the disc past Varlamov.

Stoll capped the scoring burst with 6:04 to play.

"We outworked them in the first, got outworked in the second and all we had to do was outwork them in the third to start off a tough road trip," Washington head coach Bruce Boudreau said.

Game Notes

LA has taken seven of its last nine encounters with the Capitals in this series. The Kings also have six wins in their last eight trips to Washington...The Capitals went 0-for-4 on the power play.