Kings defeat Penguins with third-period surge

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings scored three times in a span of 1:23 in the third period to pull away from the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 6-2 win at Crypto.com Arena on Thursday.

Anze Kopitar had two goals and an assist, Sean Durzi had a goal and two assists and Dustin Brown passed 700 NHL points for the Kings (19-13-5), who have won three straight. Jonathan Quick made 27 saves.   

Kris Letang scored to extend his point streak to six games, Tristan Jarry allowed six goals on 45 shots, and the Penguins (21-10-5) are 1-2-0 following a 10-game winning streak.

The Kings scored three times in a span of 1:23 after the Penguins’ Radim Zohorna tied it at 2-2 1:37 into the third period on a one-timer in the slot from Teddy Blueger.

Mikey Anderson put Los Angeles back in front 3-2 at 3:07, scoring his first goal of the season on a shot from the blue line.

Viktor Arvidsson made it 4-2 at 3:17 on a one-timer in the right circle from Trevor Moore.

Kopitar got his 11th goal at 4:30 to make it 5-2.

It was Kopitar’s third game this season with at least three points. He had five points (three goals, two assists) in the season opener against the Vegas Golden Knights on Oct. 14 and three assists against the Ottawa Senators on Nov. 27.

Durzi scored on a shot from the right point at 18:20 for the 6-2 final.

Brown put the Kings ahead 2-1 at 14:32 of the second period on the power play. Durzi’s shot deflected off Moore, and Brown was able to collect the loose puck and score on a wrist shot from close range.

Brown is the seventh Kings player to score 700 points. He had an assist on Durzi’s goal, giving him 322 goals and 379 assists in 1,266 NHL games.

Kopitar tied it 1-1 at 13:48 of the first period, scoring on a wrist shot from the slot after Alex Iafallo forced Kasperi Kapanen into a turnover. Kopitar had gone eight games without scoring since getting the go-ahead goal in a 4-1 win at the Florida Panthers on Dec. 16.

Letang got credited for his second goal when his centering pass from behind the goal line went in off Quick’s skate at 4:42 of the first period. He has 10 points (one goal, nine assists) during his six-game point streak.

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