LOS ANGELES — Jarret Stoll, Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar scored goals and Kopitar was credited with the shootout game-winner, leading the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans during a matinee affair at Staples Center on January 16.
The Kings got off to a good start with Stoll opening the scoring at 11:42 of the first period, beating Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas on a jam play at right crease.
Miroslav Satan tied the game on a chance off the rush, beating Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick with a wrist shot from the top of the right circle at the 18:20 mark.
From that point, things went downhill for the Kings, who went flatter than a blown out tire, or the proverbial pancake…take your pick.
Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder scored goals just eleven seconds apart, Wheeler at 10:53 of the second period, followed by Ryder at 11:04.
Both goals were the result of blown defensive coverages by the Kings.
Things did not look much better for the Kings, even though they began the third period with fifty seconds left on a two-man advantage…they failed miserably.
They even got another 39 seconds with a two-man advantage right after that first one ended, but once again, the Kings did not even come close to scoring.
Indeed, the Kings were playing, flat, uninspired hockey. They were losing all the battles and foot races for loose pucks, but forwards Alexander Frolov and Michal Handzus dug out a loose puck and Frolov threw a centering pass that Brown pounced on in front of the net. Thomas had no chance on his one-time wrist shot at 10:32.
Wingers Wayne Simmonds and Brad Richardson won another loose puck battle and Simmonds got the puck to Kopitar, who was driving to the front of the net. His wrist shot from the slot beat Thomas at 12:54 to tie the game, 3-3.
Neither team could score in overtime. Kopitar and Brown scored in the shootout. Bruins forward David Krejci lost the puck on his shootout attempt, while Satan tried to beat Quick between his pads with a wrist shot, but was denied.
- The Kings are 6-3 in shootouts this season. Their six shootout wins ties a single-season record (also six shootout wins in 2005-06).
- Quick’s six shootout wins is tied for the most in the NHL. He has stopped 24 of 33 attempts in shootouts this season (.727 save percentage).
- The last time the Kings trailed by two goals in a game and won was November 16, 2009 at Florida (down 2-0, won 4-3 in a shootout).
- This was the fourth time the Kings won this season when trailing after two periods.
- Frolov earned his 200th assist in the NHL/with the Kings.
- Richardson, who contributed two assists in the game, has ten points in the last thirteen games (two goals, eight assists) and has a +8 plus/minus rating in that span.
- Kopitar has points in four straight (two goals two assists for four points) and has seven points in the last seven games (three goals, four assists)
- Brown’s goal was his third in the last four games.
- The Kings are 51-24-8 all-time when Kopitar scores a goal (12-3-0 this season).
- The Kings’ 57 points is tied for the fourth most in club history after 48 games.
Audio Interviews (raw, unedited)
Anze Kopitar (4:23)
Brad Richardson (0:45)
Dustin Brown (4:34)
Terry Murray (6:58)
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