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POSTED January 10, 2012 12:15 a.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kyle Clifford scored the Kings’ first regulation goal in more than 170 minutes, Jack Johnson snapped a personal 17-game goal drought, and Los Angeles emphatically emerged from its scoring slump in a 5-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Monday night.

Anze Kopitar, Jarret Stoll and Justin Williams also scored for the Kings, who had scored just two goals in their previous three games while dropping to last overall in the NHL with just 88 total goals. Los Angeles is out of the basement after a stellar offensive game against the Capitals.

Jonathan Bernier made 20 saves to help the Kings earn at least a point for the ninth time in 10 games since coach Darryl Sutter took over on Dec. 19.

Marcus Johansson scored two goals for the Capitals.



Panthers 2, Canucks 1


SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Marcel Goc scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the second period and Florida won for just the third time in nine games.

Goc also had an assist, Dmitry Kulikov scored the Panthers’ first goal and Scott Clemmensen finished with 25 saves.

Dale Weise scored for Vancouver and Roberto Luongo stopped 20 shots. The Canucks lost for just the fourth time in 12 games.

With the scored tied 1-1 in the second, there was a scrum in front of the Vancouver net and Luongo ended up on his back during a flurry of shots. Goc was finally able to poke in the puck at 10:52.

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