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Smolinski beats Sens with first goal since Oct. 25

OTTAWA (AP) -- Bryan Smolinski was ready to score a goal any way
he could.

Smolinski got his third goal of the season -- his first since Oct. 25 -- early in the final period to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-2 victory Friday night over the Ottawa Senators.

Kings defenseman Mathieu Schneider, who scored to tie it at 2-2 in the second period, drew an assist on Smolinski's go-ahead goal 5:27 into the third. Smolinski, who hadn't scored in his previous six games, beat goalie Patrick Lalime with a 25-foot wrist shot.

"It just kind of rolled, and I think it just caught Lalime waiting for a hard shot and it sunk underneath him,'' Smolinski said. "It was timely. It worked out. I was excited to get number three and help the team.''

Erik Rasmussen also scored, and Felix Potvin made 28 saves for
Los Angeles. The Kings are 1-1 on a season-high eight-game road
trip.

"Anytime you get points in Ottawa, with the disciplined game
that they play, you have to be satisfied,'' Kings coach Andy Murray
said.

Wade Redden and Radek Bonk scored power-play goals for the
Senators, who outshot the Kings 30-20. Ottawa had beaten Colorado
and Detroit in its two most recent starts following a four-game
winless streak.

"It wasn't our best game, but we still played pretty well,'' Lalime said. "We had our chances and you can't win them all. We've got another game tomorrow.''

Mike Cammalleri made his NHL debut for the Kings. Recalled from
Manchester of the AHL on Thursday, the 20-year-old center played on
a line with Zigmund Palffy and Adam Deadmarsh, and drew an assist
on Schneider's goal.

"It was extremely exciting,'' Cammalleri said. "It was a dream
come true for me and good to get the win.''

After Bonk's second goal of the season to put the Senators up 2-1 midway through the second period, Los Angeles tied it at 11:26 as Cammalleri fed the puck to an uncovered Schneider. He fired a shot from the slot over Lalime's right arm.

"I thought (Cammalleri) looked more like a pro player than a
college player tonight,'' Murray said. "He handled the traffic
well and he's learned that he's got to move the puck a little
quicker.''

Redden opened the scoring with his first goal of the season,
finishing off a fine passing play in the first period. Bonk took a
pass from Marian Hossa to the right of Potvin before setting up
Redden, who drove to the net from the left faceoff circle and put
the puck into an open left side.

Rasmussen drew the Kings even with his first goal. His shot from
behind the goal line banked into the net off Lalime's left leg in
the second period.

Senators rookie Jason Spezza combined with Bonk to put Ottawa up
2-1 at 8:33. Los Angeles center Eric Belanger fell down and lost
the puck behind his own net as the Kings were killing a penalty.

Potvin stopped Spezza's first two shots from the left side
before the 19-year-old center took the puck behind the net and
passed to Bonk on the other side. He scored on his second attempt.

"You have to be very persistent in this league,'' Spezza said.
"There are some very good goaltenders and they're going to make
the first couple of saves, so you've got to stick with it.''

Game notes
Los Angeles defenseman Aaron Miller made his season debut
after recovering from abdominal surgery on Sept. 13. "He's
certainly a guy that was missed in our lineup,'' Murray said. ...
Cammalleri, a junior with Michigan last season, had four goals and
10 assists in nine games with Manchester. He was Los Angeles'
second-round choice in the 2001 entry draft, chosen 49th overall.
... Redden's goal was the first by a Senators defenseman this
season. ... Ottawa signed defenseman Karel Rachunek to a two-year
contract earlier in the day. Rachunek, a restricted free agent,
will join Binghamton of the AHL for a conditioning stint after he
arrives from the Czech Republic on Sunday. ... Redden sustained a
hip flexor injury late in the game and won't play Saturday in
Boston.