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Busy Jokinen leads Pens over Kings

Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jussi Jokinen had a hand in all three of Pittsburgh's first-period goals and the Penguins notched a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday at Staples Center.

Jokinen assisted on Evgeni Malkin's marker 57 seconds into the game, then picked up the primary helper on Chris Kunitz's power-play goal at 10:50 before potting a power-play tally of his own 57 seconds later to help the Penguins grab a two-goal lead.

"We had a really good first period getting that lead," Jokinen said. "They came back but then we got two big power play goals and after that we played a pretty good second and decent third."

Tanner Glass scored Pittsburgh's other goal in the second and Jeff Zatkoff stopped 30 shots for the Eastern Conference-leading Penguins, who have won four of their last five games.

Anze Kopitar registered LA's lone goal, while starting goaltender Jonathan Quick was chased after giving up three goals on seven shots in the first period.

Martin Jones made 14 saves in relief for the Kings, who have dropped seven of their last eight games.

Jokinen wasted little time finding the score sheet, as he recovered a blocked shot on the low left side before backhanding a no-look feed through the top of the crease to Malkin, who pounded the puck home for a 1-0 lead less than a minute in.

Kopitar brought the Kings even at 9:32 when he beat Zatkoff short-side with a heavy slapper from the left circle with LA on the power play, but Kunitz and Jokinen lit the lamp under a minute apart to put Pittsburgh back on top.

With Pittsburgh on a 5-on-3 after Jarret Stoll and Dustin Brown went off for separate minors at 10:05, Kunitz one-timed a blast high over Quick from between the circles off a nice one-touch feed from Jokinen.

Just under a minute later, Jokinen rifled a wrister from the right circle that sailed past Quick's glove to make it 3-1 at 11:47.

"If you give any team a five-on-three they are going to create chances," Quick said. "They get one there, and then they get a two-on-one where they beat me over the shoulder."

Glass beat Jones with a backhander from the right circle 11:44 into the second and Zatkoff stopped 23 shots over the final 40 minutes to maintain Pittsburgh's cushion.

Game Notes

Pittsburgh leads the Eastern Conference with 78 points ... Pittsburgh went 2- for-3 on the power play, while Los Angeles went 1-for-4 ... Pittsburgh's Matt Niskanen notched two assists ... Sidney Crosby collected his league-leading 48th assist of the season for the Penguins ... Quick dropped to 1-5-1 in his last seven starts.

01/31 01:52:46 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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