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Friday, October 11th (All times Eastern)

Los Angeles Kings (2-2-0) at Carolina Hurricanes (2-1-1), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Kings hit the road for four straight games looking to clean up things on the defensive side of the ice. They begin their trip on Friday night with a meeting against the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Kings yielded eight goals in back-to-back losses to Winnipeg and the New York Rangers and then blew a three-goal lead on Wednesday night against the Ottawa Senators. However, Los Angeles still came away with the victory on Jeff Carter's game-winner 28 seconds into overtime.

Carter's second goal of the game came on a redirection of Mike Richards' point shot. He also scored during a three-goal first period that saw Dustin Brown scored twice as well.

Richards and Anze Kopitar finished with two assists each and Jonathan Quick made 22 saves.

"Obviously it wasn't as clean as we wanted, but we got the job done," Brown said. "It's important for us to get these two points, and now we have to focus on the next two."

Carter has four goals and five points through Los Angeles' first four games, while Kopitar's two points gave him 480 for his career, surpassing Jim Fox (479 points) for eighth on the franchise's all-time scoring list.

The Kings now head east for games against Carolina, Florida, Tampa Bay and Nashville. They had won three in a row over the Hurricanes before a 2-1 setback at Carolina in the last meeting on Feb. 4, 2012.

Los Angeles is 1-2-2 with a tie in its last six games in Raleigh.

Quick has never faced the Hurricanes, who are coming off last night's 3-2 victory over rival Washington.

Nathan Gerbe had the tie-breaking goal 6:59 into the third period, converting a feed from Jordan Staal into the net following a long shot by Justin Faulk.

A free agent signing this summer, Gerbe scored his third goal of the season and had seven shots.

"He's doing a lot of things of well without the puck," said Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller. "He competes and he works and he's really worked for his goals so far, and it was a huge one. It's nice to see him get rewarded for all the other things he did tonight."

Alexander Semin had a game-tying goal during a 5-on-3 power play and Elias Lindholm, the fifth overall pick of the 2013 draft, scored his first NHL goal.

Jeff Skinner had two assists and Anton Khudobin had 30 saves to help the 'Canes improve to 2-1-1 on the season.

"These are the (games) that you have to reach down and give a little extra because they are going to be a little more intense," said Muller of the divisional matchup. "I thought our guys were really focused right from the start and played 60 solid minutes. They dug down and it wasn't easy. They stayed with it and came from behind and got a huge win."

Carolina will play its next three games at home and Muller is likely to go back to No. 1 netminder Cam Ward tonight. He is 2-0-1 with a 1.97 goals against average and .915 save percentage in three games versus the Kings.

Eric Staal is scheduled to surpass Rod Brind'Amour for fourth on the club's all-time games played list. His 694 career games are also even with Brind'Amour for second on the club since it relocated from Hartford.

Carolina forward Brett Sutter, meanwhile, will face off against his father, Los Angeles head coach Darryl Sutter, for the for the first time in an NHL game.

10/11 10:40:22 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
3rd
PHI 60
CHA 80
 
3rd
PHI 60
CHA 80
 
3rd
ORL 66
UTA 79
 
Half
CLE 54
BRK 49
 
Half
BOS 53
MIN 48
 
Half
DET 52
TOR 52
 
Half
MIA 55
WAS 54
 
2nd
MEM 26
CHI 28
 
2nd
SAN 32
POR 19
 
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DEN
LAC
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LAL
OKC
Final
YOUNG 92
WILB 71
 
Final
TULA 56
JST 49
 
Final
RAD 76
SIENA 66
 
2nd
BUCK 84
CASEWEST 65
 
2nd
LIB 81
CPNC 60
 
2nd
SCAR 58
CLEM 37
 
2nd
CMICH 88
CONC 52
 
2nd
MIAMI 33
EKENT 55
 
Final
GWEBB 91
HIWASSEE 71
 
2nd
ODU 52
MDES 38
 
2nd
BUF 61
NIAG 43
 
2nd
KSU 48
NCAT 43
 
2nd
FAM 48
UNF 65
 
2nd
NORST 68
NARZ 46
 
2nd
DART 44
NILL 38
 
2nd
MORE 52
NKENTUCKY 73
 
Final
UCSB 69
SDCHR 46
 
2nd
STJ 41
GAELS 41
 
2nd
ALA 53
STILL 37
 
2nd
HAMP 53
TENST 47
 
2nd
TENN 52
TENT 48
 
Final
WMARY 86
WSHMD 46
 
2nd
MERC 33
COOK 24
 
Half
FLGC 38
FUR 34
 
2nd
CALST 37
SDKST 36
 
1st
MTST 26
CHAT 16
 
1st
NDAK 26
DICKINSON 11
 
1st
LAMON 29
LSUALEX 25
 
1st
PRIN 44
LIP 27
 
1st
LAM 42
MLGN 22
 
1st
MINN 28
SEAT 15
 
1st
LOYC 30
SUTAH 16
 
1st
SELA 39
WINT 30
 
1st
SILL 26
NO 16
 
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MARQ
ALAAM
 
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TTU
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DEN
COLST
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CREI
TXPA
 
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CAL
EWASH
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IDST
 
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ARZ
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CHAM
HAW
 
2nd Intermission
NJD 2
TAM 1
 
2nd
OTT 2
ANA 0
 
2nd
DET 1
NYI 1
 
1st
WIN 1
BOS 0
 
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CAL
DAL