NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Los Angeles
(Thursday, October 22nd)
Final Score: Los Angeles 5, Dallas 4 (OT)
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Anze Kopitar registered his first career hat trick, and Michal Handzus scored the winning goal 55 seconds into overtime, as the Los Angeles Kings beat Dallas, 5-4, at Staples Center.
Coming off a 4-1 win at Dallas on Monday, the Kings wasted a three-goal lead in the third period before finally ending it early in the extra session when Handzus scored on a shot from above the left circle.
Wayne Simmonds had a goal and an assist, while Dustin Brown and Alexander Frolov each added a pair of helpers for Los Angeles. Jonathan Quick made 17 saves in the victory but allowed three goals on just seven shots in the third period.
"It almost didn't feel great," said Kopitar of his hat trick. "I guess the most important thing is that we walked away with two points at the end. We just need to forget the last period of this one and keep moving forward."
James Neal scored twice, while Jamie Benn and Mark Fistric also scored for Dallas, which was coming off a 4-2 win at Anaheim on Wednesday. Alex Auld stopped 26 shots.
Benn and Fistric scored 1:32 apart in the third to make it a one-goal margin. Benn's came when he just directed the puck to the net above the left circle, and Fistric scored when his shot from the high slot squeezed under the pads of Quick.
Neal's second tally of the night came with 2:46 remaining in the final period. He shot the puck from above the right circle and the disc deflected off the far post and then the back of the net before popping out. Officials originally ruled no goal but changed it following a video review for a 4-4 game.
"You never want to put yourself in the hole like we did, but it shows the character that we have," said Neal. "When you come back like that, any little bounce in overtime is going to win it. Tough loss, but it's a good character comeback for us."
Kopitar's first goal came 3:54 into the contest, as he skated through the right circle and veered in front before depositing the disc past Auld.
Simmonds scored on a backhander in front with 4:23 left in the first, but Neal netted his fourth of the season just 39 seconds later on a wrister from the left circle.
It became 3-1 on Kopitar's power play goal 7:17 into the second, and he completed the hat trick 9:55 into the second period by grabbing the puck along the left boards, skating through the circle before scoring on a high backhander from the slot.
The Kings are now 6-1-1 in their last eight meetings with Dallas...Brown has 201 career points, all with the Kings...LA coach Terry Murray picked up his 400th career regular season victory...The Stars have earned points in 11 of their last 12 at Staples Center...Kopitar is now tied with Washington's Alex Ovechkin for the NHL lead in points (16)...Handzus now has three game-winning goals this season...The Kings have scored 17 goals in their last three home games.
10/23 02:13:31 ET