Kopitar scores twice, Kings win in Vegas, 4-1

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Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar, second from right, celebrates after scoring against the Vegas Golden Knights during the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, March 1, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Anze Kopitar scored twice, rookie Calvin Petersen made 42 saves and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Vegas Golden Knights 4-1 on Sunday night.

The Kings improved to 6-2-1 in their last nine games, a winning stretch that came on the heels of a 1-9-1 skid that spanned from Jan. 11 to Feb. 9.

Los Angeles, which is in last place in the Pacific Division, snapped Vegas' franchise record-tying eight-game win streak. The Golden Knights hadn't lost since a 4-0 defeat in Minnesota on Feb. 11.

“Obviously, they were kind of hot, so we wanted to come in here ... and have a good performance,” Petersen said, “and I think everybody did their job."

It marked the third straight game Golden Knights fans were treated to an exceptional goaltending performance, after Marc-Andre Fleury registered the 61st shutout of his career and Robin Lehner won his debut with Vegas. This time, however, the announced gathering of 18,419 watched Petersen improve to 2-0-0 against Vegas.

Petersen was brilliant in stifling the Golden Knights' normally potent offense that clearly was missing Mark Stone, who is week-to-week with a lower-body injury. Of his 42 stops, 19 came in the third period.

"I made the saves I needed to make, and it worked out," Petersen said.

It was the second straight game Petersen held a playoff-contender to just one goal, after beating Pittsburgh on Wednesday, when he stopped 36 shots. The 25-year-old was making just his sixth start of the season — all since Feb. 8.