NHL: Kings win fifth straight

2013-12-11T17:08:19Z 2013-12-11T21:49:07Z NHL: Kings win fifth straightThe Associated Press The Associated Press
December 11, 2013 5:08 pm  • 

TORONTO — Jeff Carter scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 Wednesday night for their fifth straight victory.

Carter beat former teammate Jonathan Bernier with a wrist shot between the legs on a 2-on-1 break at 9:40 for his eighth of the season. Maple Leafs defenseman Paul Ranger failed to keep the puck in the Los Angeles end, creating the odd-man rush.

Kyle Clifford added an insurance goal with 1:59 remaining and Drew Doughty also scored for Los Angeles before 19,375 at the Air Canada Centre.

Blackhawks 7, Flyers 2: In Chicago, Duncan Keith and Andrew Shaw scored in a 39-second span at the start of Chicago’s five-goal second period, sparking the Blackhawks to a win over Ray Emery and the Flyers.

Patrick Sharp had a goal and two assists for Chicago, which has won three in a row after a three-game losing streak.

Wild at Ducks: Late.

Slap shots

• Tampa Bay forward Richard Panik was suspended for two games without pay by the NHL for boarding Washington’s Karl Alzner on Tuesday night in Washington.

• Ottawa defenseman Jared Cowen was suspended for two games by the NHL on Wednesday for a hit to the head against Buffalo’s Zemgus Girgensons on Tuesday.

• Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard injured a knee in practice Wednesday. The Red Wings ruled Howard out for tonight’s game at Tampa Bay and plan to reevaluate him Friday in Detroit.

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