Anze Kopitar and the Kings overcame a 2 point deficit Thursday night to defeat New York at the Staples Center 4-3. This OT goal added another one on to Kopitar’s record. This means alone, Kopitar has scored four overtime goals just this season, which is the most in a season in LA Kings history.
The games leading up to this haven’t had as much pressure as this one, according to Kopitar.
LA’s leading scorer said, “I guess the last couple of games we’ve had the lead and really brought it home with not a whole lot of pressure, but you know tonight, it was the other way around.”
This game was very intense and passionate, with both teams having a lot on the line. The Rangers are currently battling the Penguins and the Islanders to maintain the number two slot in the Metropolitan division.
The Kings are sitting happily in the number one spot in the Pacific division. However, they are fighting the Stars for the number one spot in the Western conference.
New York started out strong, with NYR center JT Miller scoring the first goal of the game with 8 minutes and 26 seconds left in the first.
About twenty more seconds passed, and number 11 Dustin Brown got a snap shot by Lundqvist with help from number 31 Jeff Carter and number 9 Luke Schenn.
The game was tied for the last eight minutes of the period.
- Chris Kreider gets High-sticking penalty for Rangers 5:39
- Vincent Lecavalier cross checking penalty for Kings 9:50
- Tanner Glass roughing penalty for Rangers 9:50
Brassard won the face-off, giving Rangers the advantage.
After three shots on goal for New York and nine shots on goals for the Kings, Rangers’ Dan Boyle gets past Quick with the help of Viktor Stalberg.
Rangers scored the first and only goal of the period.
- Keith Yandle gets interference penalty for Rangers 10:11
- Brayden McNabb gets hooking penalty for Kings 18:59
Third period was the most productive, totaling another goal for the Rangers and two goals for the Kings.
Once again, Rangers score the first goal of the period two minutes and forty six seconds into the period. Kevin Hayes scored with assists from Kevin Klein and J.T. Miller.
This was the Rangers first and last goal of the game.
Kings rallied up two more for the scoreboard. The Kings’ first goal of the period was made 4 minutes and 46 seconds into the period by Kyle Clifford. Assists were made by Jeff Carter and Dustin Brown.
The Kings’ second goal was made fifteen minutes and fifty seconds into the period by Kopitar. Assists were made by Milan Lucic and Drew Doughty.
The period ended with a tie game of 3-3.
Overtime ended in a minute and 34 seconds with a tip-in by Kopitar.
This was Kopitar’s fourth OT goal of the season.
The game ended with 26 shots on goal for the Rangers and 37 shots on goal for the Kings. The Kings’ next game will be Monday night against the San Jose Sharks at the SAP Center in San Jose.