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Devils notch fourth straight in win over Kings, 5-2

January 14, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Jesper Bratt (63) moves the puck against Los Angeles Kings center Phillip Danault (24) during the first period at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Graves had a goal and an assist for the visiting New Jersey Devils in a 5-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.

Tomas Tatar, Erik Haula, Nikita Okhotiuk and Jesper Bratt also scored. Mackenzie Blackwood made 34 saves in his first appearance since Jan. 1 for the Devils, who have won four in a row to improve to 17-2-1 on the road this season.

Jack Hughes had two assists to give him 54 points on the season (28 goals, 26 assists), the most through 43 games in Devils history.

Kevin Fiala and Anze Kopitar scored, Drew Doughty had two assists, and Jonathan Quick made 23 saves for the Kings, who were also trying to win four in a row and match their longest win streak of the season.

The Kings scored first for the ninth straight game when Fiala redirected a pass from Adrian Kempe while on a power play for a 1-0 lead at 6:32 of the first period.

New Jersey was on a power play when Tatar put in a rebound to tie it 1-1 at 12:51 of the first.

The Devils moved ahead 2-1 at 2:37 of the second. Haula brought the puck into the Los Angeles zone on a 2-on-1 and scored with a wrist shot on Quick’s stick side.

Los Angeles was on another power play when Kopitar tipped a slap shot off his body and across the goal line to tie it 2-2 at 6:48 of the second.

New Jersey quickly answered when Okhotiuk flicked the puck at the net from the left faceoff circle. It hit the net on the short side for his first goal of the season, giving the Devils a 3-2 lead at 7:40 of the second.

New Jersey, which was coming off a 6-2 win at the Anaheim Ducks on Friday, scored three goals on its first nine shots.

Graves made it 4-2 at 10:57 of the second when his shot from the left point skipped through traffic and into the net.

Blackwood saved a penalty shot by Fiala at 7:19 of the third period to maintain the two-goal lead, and Bratt scored into an empty net with 1:04 left to make it 5-2.

–Field Level Media