Adam Lowry and Patrik Laine scored in the Winnipeg Jets' fifth victory in six games, 2-1 over the slumping Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night.
Steve Mason made 38 saves during his first start since Nov. 11 as the surprising Jets opened a three-game California swing with the first regulation road victory over the Kings in franchise history. Winnipeg has surged into second place in the Central Division with nine victories in 12 games overall.
Tyler Toffoli tipped home a power-play goal early in the third period for the Kings, who have lost six of seven.
Jonathan Quick stopped 25 shots but the low-scoring Kings lost for the sixth time in their last seven games at Staples Center, undoing much of the good feeling from a strong start under new coach John Stevens.
Mason picked up his second victory of the season in a stellar return from a prolonged break while Connor Hellebuyck manned the Jets' crease. Mason even got an assist on Lowry's opening goal.
Lowry scored in the final second of the first period when Quick momentarily lost sight of the puck and couldn't scramble across his crease in time to cut off an open net.
@Copp94 with the first assist..— @NHLJets
MASON with the second!#GoJetsGo #WPGvsLAK pic.twitter.com/HJrtP6vT7z
The Jets extended their lead in the final minute of the second period during another power play. Nikolaj Ehlers took the puck behind the net and feathered a backhand pass out front to Laine, who fanned slightly on a shot that still went underneath Quick for his 11th goal.