Devils defeat Kings, end six-game losing streak

LOS ANGELES — Kyle Palmieri scored twice to help the New Jersey Devils end a six-game losing streak with a 6-3 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Thursday.

Travis Zajac and Will Butcher each had a goal and an assist, Nico Hischier also scored, and Taylor Hall had three assists for the Devils (10-12-5), who were 0-3-3 in their past six games. Keith Kinkaid made 29 saves to improve to 4-0-0 in five games against the Kings. 

Brendan Leipsic scored his first goal for Los Angeles after being acquired off waivers from the Vancouver Canucks on Monday. Adrian Kempe and Kyle Clifford each had a goal, and Jonathan Quick made 29 saves for the Kings (10-18-1).  

Drew Doughty had an assist to pass Rob Blake for most by a defenseman in Kings history with 334 and move into eighth place on the all-time list.  

Palmieri put the Devils back in front 3-2 at 10:57 of the second period after Kempe made it 2-2 at 6:59. It was Palmieri’s four multigoal game after scoring two goals in each of the first three games of the season. 

Butcher made it 4-2 at 12:28 when Kings defenseman Dion Phaneuf accidentally deflected a long shot into his own goal.

Jake Muzzin had a sharp-angle shot hit the post and crossbar at 13:31. It was ruled a goal by the on-ice officials, but the call was overturned when video review showed the puck never crossed the line.  

Clifford pulled the Kings within 4-3 at 17:37.   

Hischier extended the lead to 5-3 at 11:06 of the third period, and Blake Coleman scored into an empty net at 19:52 for the 6-3 final. 

New Jersey took a 2-1 lead 25 seconds into the second period on Zajac’s ninth goal.

Palmieri put the Devils up 1-0 on the power play at 13:49 of the first period before Leipsic tied it 1-1 at 15:41.

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