INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- When the New York Islanders acquired Butch Goring from the Los Angeles Kings in 1979, good things started to happen.
They captured the Stanley Cup two years in a row, for instance.
And Wednesday night they got the 1981 season off to a good start with an easy 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.
'The Stanley Cup has not spoiled us,' Goring insisted after the triumph against his former team.
'Its great to come back. There is no revenge motive. It's just great playing in front of the Los Angeles fans and showing them what I can do.
'I think our team is still pretty young and most of them are still reaching their peak. They're still pretty excited about winning another Stanley Cup.'
Goring and Bob Bourne rammed in goals in the second period to break open what was a close match and lift the Islanders in the opener for both clubs.
'It's always nice to win the first game,' Islander coach Al Arbour said. 'It wasn't a classic, but we'll take it. Overall, I was quite pleased.'
The Islanders scored two goals in the first six minutes, but the Kings got one back when Jim Fox rebounded in a goal off the backboard with 12:24 left in the opening session.
Goring gave the Islanders a 3-1 lead at 8:52 in the second period when he took a pass from Anders Kallur and scored on a 20-foot slapshot that got past goalie Mario Lessard. About three minutes later, Bourne, who saw limited action in the pre-season due to a contract dispute, fired in a five-foot breakway shot with his team short-handed.
Islander defenseman Dave Langevin had taken a penalty for tripping before Bourne and Bryan Trottier combined to set up New York's last goal.
'That short-handed goal really hurt us,' said Parker MacDonald, who was making his debut as the new head coach for the Kings.
'We had some good chances but we couldn't put it through. We were playing a pretty good hockey team and our kids may have been in awe of the champs. It was a good effort.
'But all in all, I'm satisfied. I think once around the circuit will make a difference for our kids.'
The Islanders opened the scoring on a power-play goal by Duane Sutter at 3:17 in the first period. Three minutes later Kallur took a pass from Clark Gillies and scored from in close.
Despite the defeat, the Kings outshot their opponents 32-25 and received five less penalties.