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Islanders lose 10th straight, 5-1

New York Islanders goalie Dwayne Roloson, left, stops

New York Islanders goalie Dwayne Roloson, left, stops a shot by Los Angeles Kings left wing Ryan Smyth during the third period of their NHL hockey game. (Nov. 13, 2010) Credit: AP

LOS ANGELES - Facing the toughest test of their three-game West Coast trip, the Islanders again failed to rise to the occasion Saturday night and took their 10th straight loss, falling to the Kings, 5-1, at Staples Center.

After allowing the game's first two goals early in the first period, the Islanders - who are 0-9-1 in their last 10 - never had a serious sniff at a comeback and struggled to compete with the Western Conference-leading Kings.

"Ugly. That simplifies it in one word,'' goalie Dwayne Roloson said of this stretch.

Said Mark Eaton, "We're a team struggling to score goals, so we can't shoot ourselves in the foot with execution. I would hope we're angry. I would hope losing is never accepted, losing is never tolerated. We have to learn. It's back to the drawing board Monday.''

Kings center Anze Kopitar tallied twice in the first 5:02 of play to leave the Islanders trailing 2-0. Rob Schremp scored 37 seconds after Kopitar's second goal, but the Kings then pulled away.

"We came back with a goal on the next shift after their second goal, but to explain the rest, it's pathetic,'' Doug Weight said. "This isn't an internship. You're not racing to get a cup of coffee; you need to do other things in this job. You have to make good plays. You've not only got to work hard but you've got to execute and execute as a team.''

Kopitar's first goal of the game, at 1:23, came after a shot deflected off Dustin Brown and landed on his stick. After giving up the first goal for the ninth time in 10 games, the Islanders surrendered another at 5:02 to Kopitar, whose shot banked in off defenseman Radek Martinek's skate.

Back in the lineup after being scratched the previous two games, Schremp cut the Kings' lead in half. His sharp shot from the right circle at 5:39 was his first goal this season after he suffered a back injury during the preseason.

Justin Williams built on the Kings' lead in the second period, however, lifting the puck over Roloson's right pad at 3:15. That extended his point streak to nine games and gave the Kings a 3-1 cushion heading into the third period.

Brown tacked on an insurance goal with a penalty shot at 7:46 of the third period. After being taken down by Eaton on a breakaway, Brown went five-hole on Roloson for a 4-1 lead that sapped any hopes of a comeback. Drew Doughty added a power-play goal at 15:26.

Said coach Scott Gordon, "We weren't ready in the first five minutes, had bad turnovers and mistakes in the first period, and that set the tone for the game. We were sloppy in a lot of areas. This has been a long stretch of road games we've been on and I think that's factored in a little bit into where we're at right now.''

Matt Moulson's brother-in-law, Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, made his 11th start of the season and recorded 18 saves to lead his team to a franchise record-setting eighth straight win at home.

Quick - whose wife, Jaclyn, is a sister of Moulson's wife, Alicia - entered the game with a 9-1-0 record, a 1.58 goals-against average and a .944 save percentage.

With his seventh straight win, the 24-year-old netminder improved to 4-0-0 against the Islanders.

The only Islander to score on Quick last season? You guessed it. Moulson buried a rebound for a third-period equalizer in the Islanders' 2-1 overtime loss to the Kings in October 2009. Quick beat the Islanders, 1-0, in the teams' second meeting of the season March 20.

"I don't know if I've quite figured him out," Moulson said before the game. "I just try to get as many shots on him as possible." He had four shots in 19:43 this time.

Notes & quotes: Defenseman Jack Hillen did not play because of an unspecified illness. The Islanders played only five defensemen as a result. Jon Sim, who originally was slated to be scratched before Hillen's absence, played only two shifts, both in the first period.


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