Charlie Simmer scored two goals and had an assist to lead the Boston Bruins to a 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in a National Hockey League game last night at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif.
Simmer leads the NHL in scoring this season with 10 goals, including two hat tricks.
The Bruins scored on their first two shots on goal.
Barry Pederson netted a 10-footer just 29 seconds into the game on a two-on-one break.
Simmer then gave Boston a 2-0 lead when he took the puck from behind the net, came out in front and nudged it between the pads of goalie Darren Eliot at 1:28.
Simmer scored again at 1:13 of the second period, putting in a five-foot backhand shot off a drop pass from Ken Linseman to put the Bruins up, 3-0.
The Kings' Doug Smith scored his second goal of the season in unusual fashion at 3:52 of the second period to make it 3-1. Smith was tripped as he shot, and the puck barely beat him over the goal line as he followed and knocked the net off its moorings.
The Bruins protested, but referee Ron Fournier ruled the goal valid after consulting with the goal judge.