Kings score three straight, defeat Sabres

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings scored three straight goals, including two in the third period, to defeat the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 at Staples Center on Sunday.

Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist, and Tobias Bjornfot and Adrian Kempe each had two assists for the Kings (3-5-1), who have won consecutive games for the first time this season after defeating the Montreal Canadiens 5-2 on Saturday.

Jonathan Quick made 22 saves to get his first win of the season.

Rasmus Asplund and Victor Olofsson scored, and Dustin Tokarski made 31 saves for the Sabres (5-2-1).

Carl Grundstrom cut it to 2-1 at 8:39 of the second period when he got around Buffalo defenseman Rasmus Dahlin and scored on his own rebound near the left post. Grundstrom came into the lineup for forward Viktor Arvidsson, who was placed in NHL COVID-19 protocol after taking warmups.

Kopitar tied it 2-2 at 4:50 of the third period, scoring on a wrist shot from the left circle through a screen by Dustin Brown six seconds into a power play. 

Alex Iafallo then gave Los Angeles a 3-2 lead at 13:41. He scored on a one-timer from just outside the crease after receiving a centering pass from Bjornfot. 

Iafallo has five points (three goals, two assists) during a three-game point streak.  

Asplund put the Sabres ahead 1-0 at 3:07 of the second period. He poked free a pass by Arthur Kaliyev and skated into the Kings zone on a 2-on-1 before cutting toward the slot and beating Quick under his right arm for a shorthanded goal. 

Olofsson made it 2-0 at 7:39 of the second, skating in all alone for a wrist shot from the low slot after receiving a pass from Jacob Bryson, who started the rush by blocking a shot by Iafallo. Oloffson has five points (three goals, two assists) during a three-game point streak.

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