April 18th, 2024

NHL roundup: Jets, Kings post shutouts in one-sided wins

By The Associated Press on March 15, 2024.

Los Angeles Kings' Anze Kopitar (11) scores past Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Arvid Soderblom as Alex Vlasic watches during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, March 15, 2024, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

WINNIPEG, Man. (AP) – Tyler Toffoli scored his first two goals since being traded to Winnipeg and Laurent Brossoit stopped 21 shots for his second shutout of the season for the Jets in a 6-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.

Jets defenceman Dylan DeMelo snapped a 63-game goal-scoring drought and added an assist, and Kyle Connor, Nate Schmidt and Mason Appleton also scored for Winnipeg. Josh Morrissey had three assists and Nikolaj Ehlers added two for the Jets, who’ve alternated wins and losses their past five games.

The victory moved Winnipeg into a three-way tie with Dallas and Colorado atop the Central Division. The Jets have the tiebreaker for first place, having played two fewer games than the Stars and one fewer than the Avalanche.

Elsewhere in the NHL on Friday:

KINGS 5 BLACKHAWKS 0

CHICAGO (AP) – Anze Kopitar scored two of Los Angeles’ four goals in the first period, and the Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks.

Pierre-Luc Dubois, Alex Laferriere and Jordan Spence each had a goal and an assist to help Los Angeles rebound from a 3-1 loss at St. Louis on Wednesday. The Kings strengthened their hold on third place in the Pacific Division and a Western Conference playoff spot.

Cam Talbot made 28 saves in his third shutout of the season and No. 31 of his career.

Kopitar, the Kings’ 36-year-old captain, recorded his 19th and 20th goals off pinpoint cross-ice passes by 21-year-old Quinton Byfield. He reached the 20-goal mark for the 13th time in 18 seasons.

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