NHL Game Summary - Boston at Los Angeles
(Saturday, January 16th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 4, Boston 3 (SO)
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Anze Kopitar scored the game-winner in the shootout as the Los Angeles Kings rallied in the third to take a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins.
Kopitar scored in the first shootout round as he slid the puck between the pads of Tim Thomas. Jonathan Quick then made stops on David Krejci and Miroslav Satan before Dustin Brown sealed the win with a shot between Thomas' pads.
Kopitar, Brown and Jarret Stoll each had a goal in regulation while Quick made 21 saves for the Kings, who have won their past two games.
"We built some momentum and we were able to get some late goals," said Kopitar. "That extra point is very big right now. We came out good in the first and then we got away from our game. We got a bit too fancy and creative which caused turnovers and then a momentum shift. In the end, two points is two points."
Blake Wheeler had a goal and an assist while Michael Ryder and Satan each lit the lamp for the Bruins, who have dropped four of their last five. Thomas made 31 stops in the loss.
"Our guys left it all on the ice again today," said Boston head coach Claude Julien. "It's unfortunate that we weren't able to come up with the win, but it really took a lot out of us there killing those penalties in the second period. It made it hard for us, especially with a short bench and depleted lineup to stay there for the whole 60 minutes. Couple of breakdowns and just one of those days."
The Kings entered the third period trailing by two goals and had a couple of 5-on-3 opportunities early on, but Boston killed them off.
However, the Kings made it a one-goal game with 9:28 left. A fight behind the net saw the puck come out front where Brown's quick release got past Thomas.
With 7:06 to go, Los Angeles tied the game. Wayne Simmonds passed the puck before he went around the net from the right side and Kopitar slammed it home from in front for his 19th goal of the season.
The Kings got the first goal of the game at the 11:42 mark of the first as Scott Parse threw the puck out front as he was about to go behind the net and it hit off of Stoll and found its way in.
Boston, though, tied the game with 1:40 to play in the first as Satan's wrister from the right circle got past Quick for his second goal of the season.
In the second period, Boston scored twice in an 11-second span to take a 3-1 lead.
The first goal came at the 10:53 mark as Wheeler kept the puck in at the blueline and from the right circle threw a shot on net that hit off of a King in front and trickled past Quick.
Off the faceoff, Johnny Boychuk controlled the puck near his own blueline and fired a pass to Wheeler near the top of the Los Angeles blueline. Wheeler skated in down the left side and fired a pass over to the right where Ryder shot it home.
Boston hosts Ottawa on Monday...Los Angeles hosts San Jose on Tuesday...The Kings have taken three of the last four games...Neither team scored on the power play with Los Angeles having five chances and Boston just one.
01/16 19:59:00 ET