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Senators beat Kings 4-1 in a rare Staples Center victory – Daily News

LOS ANGELES — Chris Tierney scored two goals and drew a critical second-period penalty as the Ottawa Senators beat the Kings 4-1 on Thursday. The Senators won for just the fourth time in 13 trips to Staples Center.

Kyle Clifford provided the only goal for the Kings (17-25-3). Goaltender Jonathan Quick made 23 saves on 26 shots.

Ottawa (17-23-5), which won on back-to-back nights at Anaheim and Los Angeles for its first consecutive road victories this season, won for just the third time in its last 11 games. Ottawa hadn’t won consecutive games since a three-game streak Nov. 27-Dec. 1.

“I was a little bit worried going into San Jose, but I thought we had a great effort in San Jose,” interim head coach Willie Desjardins said of the Kings’ loss to the Sharks on Tuesday. “Coming in here, you know (the Senators) played last night so you think maybe you have an advantage. Maybe the guys relaxed a little bit. That usually is one problem that we have sometimes. For whatever reason, we relax. We think it’s going to happen.”

The Kings’ top line of Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown and Ilya Kovalchuk combined to put one shot on goal through the first two periods. Kopitar got a couple chances in the third period but could not convert.

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In two 5-on-4 power plays, both in the first period, the Kings generated three shots on net. Ottawa goalie Anders Nilsson finished with 33 saves on 34 shots.

“I do think if we scored on that power play, it would have changed it a bit,” Desjardins said. “Kopi had a couple chances in the third (period) that didn’t go, but that would have just made it 3-2 so that wasn’t going to be enough anyway.”

Clifford’s goal opened the scoring at 3:47 of the second period.

The veteran agitator created the opportunity himself by dumping the puck into the corner, eluding a defenseman near the boards, and retrieving the puck himself. As the Kings cycled the puck, Clifford stationed himself in front of Nilsson. When Jake Muzzin’s long-range shot reached the crease, no one in a Senators uniform was near enough to Clifford to provide any defense. The puck deflected off Clifford’s stick and past Nilsson.

Clifford’s seventh goal of the season tied his career high.

The goal held up until Nate Thompson was penalized for tripping Tierney at the 14:49 mark. Ten seconds into the power play, Ottawa evened the score.

Mark Stone won the offensive-zone faceoff against Anze Kopitar, digging out the puck from under a cluster of sticks. The Senators needed only a couple passes to get the puck to Bobby Ryan, who deposited his own rebound past Quick from 14 feet away. The game was tied 1-1.

Less than two minutes later, Tierney foiled Thompson again at even strength to give Ottawa the lead for good.

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