WINNIPEG — Milan Lucic scored the eventual winner with 4:41 left in regulation time to give the Los Angeles Kings their sixth straight win with a 4-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday.
Centre Tyler Toffoli went down the side of the ice with the puck and looked about to shoot it, but instead sent it across the front of the net and Lucic was credited with redirecting it past goalie Ondrej Pavelec.
Toffoli added an empty-net goal at 19:06 and Trevor Lewis added another with 27 seconds left.
The Kings (6-3-0) lost their first three games of the season before reeling off the half dozen victories.
Defenceman Jake Muzzin also scored for the Kings.
Rookie forward Nikolaj Ehlers had the goal for Winnipeg (5-3-1).
Jonathan Quick, who has won his last five games, made 24 saves for the Kings. Pavelec stopped 28 of the 30 shots he faced for the Jets.
Winnipeg went on the game's first power play with one minute left in the first period, but couldn't break the scoreless contest.
Ehlers then accomplished that unassisted at even strength when he sent a shot from the top of the circle through traffic that beat Quick on the glove side at 8:45 of the second period.
It was the Danish rookie's fourth goal of the season and seventh point in nine games.
Muzzin tied it 1-1 with a blast straight at a screened Pavelec from inside the blue line at 15:50 of the second. Dustin Brown and Drew Doughty picked up the assists.
Los Angeles went on the power play 27 seconds later with Jets defenceman Jacob Trouba in the box for hooking, but Winnipeg almost turned the tables.
Blake Wheeler went in alone on Quick, but was cutoff by Christian Ehrhoff. Defenceman Tyler Myers almost put in his own close rebound, but Quick whipped out his right leg to stop the puck.
Winnipeg had a 20-18 edge on shots on goal heading into the third period.
The Jets play their last game of a six-game homestand Thursday when they host Chicago. The Kings return home to face Nashville on Saturday.
Notes: Jets captain Andrew Ladd, 29, was playing in 700th NHL career game. He has amassed 187 goals and 426 points … Wheeler had his eight-game point streak end. It was a franchise record for the longest point streak to start a season.
Judy Owen, The Canadian Press