Kings’ Pearson scores game-winning goal in OT

With a quick assist by Kings’ Martinez, left-wing Tanner Pearson circles around to get past  Predators’ goalie Pekka Rinne to score the game-winning goal in OT.

Despite the Predators’ home advantage, the LA Kings took home the big W against the Nashville Predators on February 20 to end their seven game road tour.

The Kings’ seven game road tour ended with a nice and much needed 2-1 OT win to conclude the tour with three wins and four losses. After three consecutive losses, the Kings needed this win to keep them on the top of the Pacific division.

First period The game clock hits 15:57 into the first period, and left wing Dwight King assists defenseman Jake Muzzin to earn the Kings the first goal of the game. 28 seconds left in the first period, Predators’ Assistant Captain and right wing James Neal assist defenseman Ryan Ellis to help the Predators tie the game with a power play goal at 1-1.

The first period ended with three penalties against the Kings and a tied game.

The second period started off with a delay of game penalty against McNabb of the Kings, and ends with a tripping penalty  with 44 seconds left in the game. The second period ended scoreless with three penalties.

Third period remained scoreless, but ended with 29 shots on goal for Kings and 33 for the Predators. Kings had one power play and one penalty for holding, and Predators had one penalty for slashing by the end of the period.

 

OT lasted a minute and 18 seconds when Kings’ Pearson scored the game winning goal.

Robby Stanley, NHL.com correspondent asked Pearson how he did it, and Pearson responded with:

“The key thing is have possession in [overtime] as much as possible, and we were able to do that and create a chance up the ice. [Forward Nick Shore] drove to the net pretty well and pushed the [defensemen] back, and I was able to get a shot off.”

Predators’ center Ryan Johansen told Stanley, “I thought it was a great hockey game, back and forth, two teams working really hard.”

The game ended with 33 saves for Quick, and 29 for Rinne.

The LA Kings will head back home to the Staples Center to play the Calgary Flames on Tuesday at 7:30 PST.

Feature Image Courtesy of Mark Humphrey / AP.

 

 

 

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