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Kings extend winning streak with Alex Iafallo’s overtime goal vs. Devils

Kings players celebrate after forward Adrian Kempe scores against the New Jersey Devils in the second period.
Kings players celebrate after forward Adrian Kempe scores against the New Jersey Devils in the second period of a 3-2 win Friday.
(John McCoy / Associated Press)

Alex Iafallo quickly scored in overtime Friday night to give the Kings their fourth straight win, 3-2 over the New Jersey Devils.

The Kings’ Arthur Kaliyev scored a power-play goal, Adrian Kempe also had a goal and Cal Petersen made 21 saves.

Pavel Zacha tied it up with 24 seconds remaining in the third period to salvage a point for the Devils, who have lost three straight. Jesper Bratt had a goal, and Mackenzie Blackwood made 26 saves in his season debut after undergoing surgery on his heel in June.

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Arthur Kaliyev scored in the fourth round of a shootout and the L.A. Kings extended their winning streak to three games with a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues.

After Zacha beat Petersen over his left shoulder with a wrist shot from the right circle, the Kings recovered to win it on a one-timer in the slot by Iafallo, who has four goals and three assists during a five-game point streak.

The Kings had three power-play opportunities in the third before finally cashing in on Kaliyev’s wrist shot through traffic with about four minutes left to go up 2-1. It was his second straight game with a goal and third in his past four.

Bratt scored on a breakaway off Andreas Johnsson’s stretch pass to tie it at 1 at 3:19 of the third period. Hischier threaded his pass in behind two Kings in the neutral zone to set up Bratt’s second goal.

Kempe put the Kings ahead with two seconds left in the second period, tapping in Dustin Brown’s pass through the crease. Damon Severson was at the top of the paint but left Kempe alone at the far post to score for the second straight game. He has two goals and two assists during a three-game point streak.

The Kings have won four of five on their five-game homestand.

Notes: Anze Kopitar had the secondary assist on Kempe’s goal. It was Kopitar’s fifth point (one goal, four assists) in his past four games. Andreas Athanasiou made his season debut after sustaining an upper-body injury in training camp. He had an assist on Kaliyev’s goal. Kings F Lias Andersson did not play because of an undisclosed injury.


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