LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jussi Jokinen had a goal and two assists in the first period, Evgeni Malkin scored in the opening minute, and the Pittsburgh Penguins chased Jonathan Quick in a 4-1 victory over the struggling Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.
Chris Kunitz and Tanner Glass both scored in their second straight game for the Penguins, who opened a two-game West Coast road trip with the franchise’s first regulation victory at Staples Center.
Jeff Zatkoff made 30 saves in the Eastern Conference leaders’ fourth win in five games.
Anze Kopitar scored his third goal in five games for the Kings, but those are the only goals scored in the last nine days by the Kings, who have lost seven of eight.
The Kings had played their last eight games away from Staples Center, including last weekend’s “home” game at Dodger Stadium. They’ve got a four-game homestand heading into the Olympic break, but still haven’t solved their scoring woes.
Kunitz scored his career-high 27th goal and Jokinen added his 16th on the NHL’s best power play in the first period.
DUCKS 5, FLYERS 3
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Ryan Getzlaf scored the go-ahead goal in the final minute of the first period and Anaheim also got goals from Corey Perry, Patrick Maroon and Daniel Winnik.
Saku Koivu added an empty-net goal and Frederik Andersen made 27 saves, helping the Ducks improve their NHL-leading record to 40-11-5 and their home mark to 22-2-2. They have won 22 of their last 26 games.
Winnik gave the Ducks a 4-2 lead with a short-handed goal, the ninth allowed this season by the Flyers - tying Edmonton for the league lead.
Koivu broke up a pass in the Ducks’ zone and went off on a 2-on-1 break with Winnik, who beat Steve Mason to the glove side with 7:34 remaining while teammate Hampus Lindholm was off for high-sticking Claude Giroux.
Vincent Lecavalier, Matt Read and Michael Raffl scored for the Flyers, and Mason stopped 23 shots.
AVALANCHE 5, WILD 4
DENVER (AP) - Semyon Varlamov had 35 saves and John Mitchell had a goal and an assist, leading the Avalanche to the win.
Matt Duchene had two assists for Colorado. Ryan O’Reilly, Paul Stastny, Nathan MacKinnon and Maxime Talbot also scored.