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Loktionov scores 1st goal, Kings edge 'Canes

Andrei Loktionov scored his first NHL goal from behind the Carolina net early in the third period, and the Los Angeles Kings completed a perfect three-game homestand with a 4-3 victory over the Hurricanes on Wednesday night.

Anze Kopitar scored his first goal of the season for the Kings, who lost star defenseman Drew Doughty to an upper-body injury while earning their fourth win in five games.

Ryan Smyth and Michal Handzus scored first-period goals for Los Angeles, but Carolina rookie Jeff Skinner's first NHL goal evened it heading to the third.

Loktionov put the Kings ahead when he circled behind the net and attempted an apparent pass that deflected off goalie Justin Peters' stick blade for the 20-year-old Russian's first goal.

Doughty apparently was hurt late in the first period, and didn't return to the bench for the final 40 minutes. The Norris Trophy finalist has just one assist in five games after scoring 59 points last season.

Chad LaRose and captain Eric Staal scored in their second straight games for the resilient Hurricanes. After beginning the season with two wins over Minnesota in Helsinki, Carolina still has one more stop on a five-game trip — in Phoenix on Friday night — before the Canes' true home opener in Raleigh on Oct. 27.

Los Angeles returned from a four-day break to begin a stretch of seven games in 11 days. The Kings' five-game road trip begins Thursday night in Phoenix.

Jonathan Bernier made 27 saves to earn his fifth career NHL victory despite making a handful of major mistakes while filling in for Jonathan Quick. Bernier stopped Erik Cole on a breakaway midway through the third period.

Peters stopped 23 shots, making his season debut for the Hurricanes in the meeting of backup goalies. Carolina won 5-2 in San Jose on Tuesday night with starter Cam Ward in net.

The Hurricanes went ahead 2-1 late in the first period when Bernier failed to stop Staal's unimpeded shot from the faceoff circle, but Handzus tied it with 8.5 seconds left in the period on a deflected shot through traffic in front of Peters.

Kopitar then put the Kings ahead with a quick wrist shot midway through the second period. The Slovenian center led the Kings last season with a career-best 34 goals, but hadn't found the net in Los Angeles' first four games this fall.

Skinner tied it late in the second on another error by Bernier, who caught Anton Babchuk's slap shot but couldn't close his glove on it. Skinner tapped the rebound past Bernier for his first goal in his sixth NHL game for Carolina, which surprised many by choosing the former figure skater with the seventh overall pick in last June's NHL draft at Staples Center.

NOTES: Kings D Matt Greene has been cleared to resume hockey activities after missing training camp while recovering from surgery on his left shoulder in late July. Greene, an assistant captain, had nine points and blocked 126 shots last season. He will travel on the Kings' upcoming trip. ... Staal's goal was his 196th, tying him with Geoff Sanderson for fifth place in franchise history. ... The game was the clubs' only meeting this season. Carolina hasn't beaten Los Angeles since Oct. 17, 2008.