Kings stay hot with win against Rangers

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LOS ANGELES — Cal Petersen made 22 saves, and Trevor Moore had two assists for the Los Angeles Kings in a 3-1 win against the New York Rangers at Crypto.com Arena on Monday.

Phillip Danault, Blake Lizotte and Adrian Kempe scored for the Kings (18-13-5), who are 4-1-0 in their past five games.

Mika Zibanejad scored, and Alexandar Georgiev allowed two goals on 38 shots for the Rangers (23-10-4), who have started 1-2-0 on their season-long five-game road trip.

Kris Knoblauch, coach of Hartford of the American Hockey League, coached New York after Gerard Gallant was placed in COVID-19 protocol Sunday.

Danault scored 55 seconds into the second period to put the Kings ahead 1-0. He backhanded in the rebound of a shot by Moore, who forced a turnover by K’Andre Miller in the neutral zone before breaking in on a rush.

Lizotte made it 2-0 at 3:41, kicking the rebound of a shot by Viktor Arvidsson to himself and scoring on a backhand in the crease.

Zibanejad cut it to 2-1 at 11:27 of the third period when he redirected Filip Chytil’s turnaround shot in front, but Kempe shot into an empty net at 18:43 for the 3-1 final. 

Rangers forward Artemi Panarin returned after missing four games in COVID-19 protocol. He was minus-3 in 20:47 of ice time.

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