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Viktor Arvidsson scores twice as Kings trounce Senators to open six-game trip

Kings' Viktor Arvidsson celebrates with Kevin Fiala after scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks.
The Kings’ Viktor Arvidsson, left, celebrates with Kevin Fiala. Arvidsson scored twice in the Kings’ 5-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night to start a six-game trip.
(Tony Avelar / Associated Press)
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Brady Tkachuk is as competitive as they come, and he could hardly stomach the lackluster effort his Ottawa Senators put together Tuesday night in a 5-2 loss to the Kings.

“There’s no explanation. There’s no excuses,” said the visibly frustrated Senators captain. “It’s unacceptable, and it’s on us. We just weren’t ready.”

The Senators (10-14-1) were coming off two impressive wins and had victories in four of their last five outings.

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“Of course, we’ve been having some successes of late, so maybe we thought it was going to be easy tonight, but there’s no easy game, there’s no easy moment in the NHL,” Tkachuk said. “It’s unacceptable. It’s as simple as that.”

The Kings (14-10-4) were led by Viktor Arvidsson, who had two goals.

Matt Roy, Mikey Anderson and Kevin Fiala also scored and Anze Kopitar recorded three assists for the Kings, who kicked off a six-game road trip.

Pheonix Copley made 31 saves in his first appearance for L.A.

The 30-year-old goalie, whom the Kings signed in July, has made just 27 NHL starts but collected his third career win over the Senators on Tuesday.

“I felt good,” Copley said. “It was nice. The guys played well in front of me. It’s great to be in the win column.

“I thought [the team] played great defensively. There were a lot of clears, a lot of blocked shots. If I left rebounds, they were taking care of them.”

Drake Batherson and Thomas Chabot each scored a power-play goal for Ottawa, but the home team looked uninspired for long periods of play.

Goaltender Cam Talbot got chased midway through the second period after giving up five goals on 14 shots. Anton Forsberg stopped all 14 shots he faced in relief.

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The Senators were down 2-0 roughly two minutes into the first period. Roy scored off a rebound, and Anderson scored from a sharp angle.

The Senators called a timeout and were able to cut the lead in half near the five-minute mark when Batherson roofed a Tim Stutzle rebound on a power play.

The Kings came right back and scored twice more before the end of the period to take a 4-1 lead.

Arvidsson scored his first goal of the night off a cross-crease pass from Trevor Moore on the power play and picked up his second just past the halfway mark of the period, beating Talbot with a wrist shot from the circle.

“I thought it was a complete game by everybody,” Kings coach Todd McLellan said. “We didn’t have to rely on just one or two people, starting with the goaltender. I thought he played really well and gave us some confidence.”

Senators coach D.J. Smith took full responsibility when asked why his team started so poorly.

“Just flat,” Smith said. “Gave up way too many chances, didn’t check hard enough. You know, that’s on me. Our preparation to start the game starts with me as the coach, and that’s certainly unacceptable, but my job is to make sure these guys are ready to play.”

Batherson believed his coach was letting the team off the hook.

“It’s not on him,” Batherson said. “The game plan was there, and we as a group as players just weren’t ready to go. It has nothing to do with the coaches. They had the game plan all set for us. We just didn’t execute it well.”

The second period wasn’t much better for the Senators as they failed to show any real urgency despite trailing 4-1.

The Kings padded their lead midway through the period with a power-play goal when Fiala picked up his ninth goal of the season.

Chabot picked up his second power-play goal in as many games midway through the third period. But the accomplishment was overshadowed by his team’s play.

“Everybody knows we weren’t ready to play, and that’s something as a group that can’t happen,” Chabot said. “Every night we know the way we can play and have success, and that’s what we have to do.”

The Senators are heading out for the annual father’s trip where they will face Dallas and Nashville. The dads were on hand for Tuesday’s game, and Tkachuk anticipated a quiet ride home with his father by his side.

The Kings will visit the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.


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