Richards has winner in Kings' 3-1 win over Jets

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 6, 2014 at 10:26 pm •  Published: March 6, 2014
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WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Marian Gaborik wasn't disappointed that he didn't get on the score sheet in his debut with the Los Angeles Kings, a 3-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Thurdsday night.

Gaborik was acquired in a trade with Columbus on Wednesday and skated on the top line with center Anze Kopitar and right-winger Justin Williams.

"We created some things," said Gaborik, who logged 16:38 of ice time. "We had some good time on the power play as well.

"We got some great help by our (defense) offensively as well, so I think it's going to get better and better."

Mike Richards scored the winner on a Winnipeg giveaway that helped run the Kings' winning streak to six games.

"I was just as excited as a lot of the people that were here that came in from (my hometown) of Kenora (Ontario)," Richards said of the 20-plus game tickets he had to find.

Captain Dustin Brown had Los Angeles' first goal and Alec Martinez added a third-period power-play goal.

Goalie Jonathan Quick made 17 saves for his 20th win of the season.

Olli Jokinen notched his 15th goal of the season for Winnipeg and a busy Ondrej Pavelec stopped 38 shots.

"They move the puck well, they can spend a lot of time in your zone," Pavelec said. "We have to forget about this one and focus on the next one."

Jets coach Paul Maurice saw some reasons for optimism.

"I liked the speed of the game that we started the game with," he said. "I thought we moved the puck sharp and we moved our feet. And then I thought we ran into the L.A. Kings.

"When they're at their best, they will take your game and frustrate you to the point that you start to change what you're trying to do because there's nothing given easily."

The biggest cheer in the scoreless first period was for Jets forward Dustin Byfuglien, who sent Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin over the boards into the bottom of Winnipeg's bench.

Los Angeles outshot the Jets 11-7 in the opening frame.

Winnipeg didn't get its first shot of the second period until almost seven minutes in, but the Jets scored on their 11th of the game.