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Anze Kopitar leads Kings past Senators 5-2; L.A. wins sixth straight

Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson (41) looks on as Los Angles Kings Drew Doughty and Dwight King (74) and Jeff Carter (77) along with Anze Kopitar (11) celebrate a goal in Ottawa Saturday December 14, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand
December 14, 2013 - 1:45 PM

OTTAWA - Anze Kopitar scored twice and the Los Angeles Kings had three first-period goals en route to a 5-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday afternoon.

In many ways this game was over before it even started as the Kings took control of the game, scoring twice by the four-minute mark.

Jeff Carter, Dwight King and Jarrett Stoll also scored for L.A. (22-7-4). Rookie Martin Jones extended his winning streak to five games, stopping 37 shots.

Joe Corvo and Erik Karlsson scored for the Senators (13-15-6), who saw their home record drop to 6-9-3 for the year. Starter Craig Anderson was pulled after allowing two goals on four shots in 4:18. Robin Lehner finished the game allowing three goals on 22 shots.

The Kings extended their winning streak to six games. Los Angeles has outscored teams 21-7 through its current streak.

L.A. took control early on as King opened the scoring just 21 seconds into the game beating Anderson blocker side.

Carter's goal at 4:18 put an end to Anderson's afternoon as he looked awful on the play.

Things didn't get any better as Kopitar made it 3-0 after beating Lehner from in close.

That marked the 18th straight game in which the Kings did not allow a goal in the first period.

The Senators finally managed to give the 17,140 fans in attendance something to cheer about midway through the second as Corvo was able to jump on a Jason Spezza rebound and beat the 23-year-old Jones on the left side.

Ottawa made things close as Karlsson made it 3-2 at the four-minute mark of the third, but were never able to score the equalizer as Jones was solid.

Stoll made it 4-2 at 13:18 of the third as he picked up a Drew Doughty rebound and Kopitar scored his second of the game on the power play with just over three minutes remaining putting an end to any hopes of a Senators comeback.

Notes: D Jared Cowen sat out the second of his two-game suspension. D Marc Methot missed his second game due to the flu and LW Matt Kassian was a healthy scratch for the Senators. Cory Conacher turned 24. … The Kings were without C Colin Fraser due to a concussion. RW Matt Frattin, RW Linden Vey and D Matt Greene were a healthy scratch.

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