Key play: Milan Lucic scored the tiebreaking goal in the opening minutes of the second period and the Kings held off the New York Islanders for a 2-1 victory Thursday at Staples Center. Lucic scored his fourth goal of the season, with assists from Tyler Toffoli and Jeff Carter.
Pivotal performer: Kings backup goaltender Jhonas Enroth was sharp in playing in relief of Jonathan Quick for only the third time in 16 games this season. Enroth made a number of fine saves and was aided by the goal post, a goalie’s best friend, on a third-period bid by Brock Nelson. Enroth made 31 saves to improve to 3-0-0 this season with a 0.34 goals-against average and a .979 save percentage.
Quote, unquote: “Just got in on the forecheck, the puck went toward the net and I tried to handle the puck and kind of went down and all of a sudden the goal horn went off, and I didn’t know what happened,” Lucic said of his go-ahead goal. “I thought ‘Tof’ or ‘Carts’ jumped on the rebound. Nice to have one go off me and in.”
Lineup change: Kings defenseman Christian Ehrhoff returned to the lineup after sitting out for two games as a healthy scratch. Ehrhoff, who had four assists and a minus-7 defensive rating going into the game, replaced Derek Forbort in the lineup.
Milestone moment: Drew Doughty’s first-period power-play goal was the 32nd of his career, moving him past Lubomir Visnovsky into third place on the Kings’ all-time list for defensemen. It also was Doughty’s second goal overall this season.
Special teams: The Kings killed off a 5-on-3 situation that lasted 45 seconds during the third period, after Brayden McNabb was whistled for tripping and Drew Doughty followed him to the penalty box with a hooking infraction at 3:50.