NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Los Angeles
(Monday, November 27th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 3, New Jersey 2 (SO)
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Rookie Anze Kopitar scored a shootout marker and added a primary assist in regulation to lift the Los Angeles Kings over the New Jersey Devils, 3-2, at the Staples Center.
Alexander Frolov also lit the lamp during the shootout while Lubomir Visnovsky and Michael Cammalleri scored regulation goals for the Kings, who have won two in a row.
Mathieu Garon made 20 saves and stoned the Devils on both of their shootout tries.
Brian Gionta and Travis Zajac had goals for New Jersey, which has dropped four straight. Patrik Elias donated two assists in defeat, and Martin Brodeur made 26 saves.
After a scoreless third period and overtime, Kopitar rushed in on net to start the shootout, flipped quickly to his backhand and then slid a difficult shot past a sliding Brodeur.
Then, after Garon turned away a pair of New Jersey offerings, Frolov executed a nice deke before stuffing the puck past Brodeur's glove side to end the game.
The Devils opened up the scoring just 16 seconds into the second period, as Gionta took a cross-ice feed from Scott Gomez in the left circle and zipped a shot over the shoulder of Garon for the power-play tally.
The Kings broke out on a counterrush several minutes later, and cashed in on a Visnovsky goal at the 5:07 mark to even the contest.
Zajac put the Devils back in front with a rebound putback from the doorstep with 6:04 remaining in the middle stanza, but Cammalleri countered with a snapshot from the right circle exactly four minutes later that beat Belfour to knot the contest at 2-2.
Cammalleri's goal gave him 100 points for his career...Kopitar is just 19 years old...New Jersey finished 2-for-5 on the power play, while L.A. was 1- for-6.
11/28 01:17:40 ET