Scherbak scores in debut for Kings in win against Golden Knights

LOS ANGELES — Nikita Scherbak scored in his debut for the Los Angeles Kings, a 5-1 win against the Vegas Golden Knights at Staples Center on Saturday.

Scherbak was claimed off waivers from the Montreal Canadiens on Dec. 2.

Derek Forbort had a goal and an assist, Jake Muzzin had two assists and Jonathan Quick made 29 saves for Los Angeles (11-18-1), which had lost two straight.

Oscar Lindberg scored, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 20 saves for Vegas (16-14-1), which is 7-2-0 in its past nine games.

It was the first game for the Kings since Drew Doughty called their season “embarrassing” and that the team had been “playing with a lack of emotion.”

Matt Luff gave Los Angeles a 2-1 lead at 12:30 of the second period with a power-play goal, scoring on a one-timer in the slot off a tic-tac-toe pass with Brendan Leipsic and Adrian Kempe. 

Video: VGK@LAK: Luff buries one-timer for PPG

Jeff Carter made it 3-1 at 16:46. He caught Fleury out of position and sent the puck back into the crease, where it hit the right skate of Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt and deflected in.  

Forbort extended the lead to 4-1 at 2:48 of the third period on a shot from the point past a screened Fleury.

Nate Thompson made it 5-1 at 18:33, scoring on a one-timer off a cross-ice pass from Muzzin.

Lindberg gave the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead at 4:23 of the first period with his first goal of the season. After Quick saved Tomas Nosek’s wraparound attempt, Lindberg got the rebound and scored five-hole.

Scherbak tied it at 1-1 at 8:12, shooting between the legs of Schmidt and scoring glove side.

Kings forward Kyle Clifford left the game after he sustained an upper-body injury in the second period on a hit by Pierre-Edouard Bellemare.