Frederic scores twice to propel Bruins past Kings 5-2
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Trent Frederic scored twice in 34 seconds in the third half and the Boston Bruins extended their scoring streak to 12 games with a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings Thursday night.
Frederic scored the go-ahead goal at 10:36 when he deflected Brandon Carlo’s shot from the point. The Boston center then quickly scored his ninth goal of the season at 11:10 a.m. when he defeated Los Angeles goaltender Pheonix Copley with a backhand in front.
David Pastrnak also had two goals and leads the Bruins with 27 on the season. Brad Marchand had a goal and an assist, and Charlie McAvoy added two assists for the Bruins, who are 9-0-3 in their last 12 games and have an NHL-high 64 points.
Jeremy Swayman stopped 27 shots and defeated Copley in the Alaskan-born goaltenders’ first NHL match. Swayman is from Anchorage while Copley is from North Pole, Alaska.
Copley made 17 saves, but his seven-game winning streak was cut short.
Phillip Danault and Sean Durzi scored for Los Angeles.
Danault gave the Kings a 1-0 lead at 16:04 of the first period when he got a great pass up front from Alex Iafallo and lifted a wrist shot over Swayman’s skate. The goal gave Danault a point in eight of his last nine games.
Boston took the lead with two goals a little over two minutes apart in the second. Pastrnak buried a snapshot from the slot at 6:26. After Blake Lizotte of Los Angeles was called to hook at 8:41, Marchand placed a wrist shot at a sharp angle from the right circle that Copley couldn’t reach with his glove six seconds into the power play.
Durzi equalized at 11:09 of the second on a one-timer from a Matt Roy pass.
Pastrnak added an empty goal at 17:33 of the third.
Viktor Arvidsson was as close as he could get to giving the Kings a 3-2 lead with three minutes left in the second period.
Arvidsson’s shot from the faceoff right circle hit Swayman’s pads and deflected over his shoulders. The puck appeared to trickle into the net but he spun up at the last second, staying upright and riding the goal line after hitting the post before Swayman deflected him with his racquet and covered the puck with his glove to end the game to stop.
Bruins: Continue their road trip against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.
Kings: At the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday in a matchup between the top two teams in the Pacific Division.
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