NHL Game Summary - Boston at Los Angeles
(Friday, October 12th)
Final Score: Boston 8, Los Angeles 6
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Phil Kessel posted his first-career hat trick as the Boston Bruins continued their season-opening road trip with an 8-6 win over the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center.
"It was a good night for me, and our team," Kessel said. "I got lucky on a couple. It was one of those nights."
Marc Savard scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third and assisted on four others for Boston, which is 2-2 and will wrap up its five-game road trip on Saturday in San Jose.
Aaron Ward and Glen Murray also scored, and Milan Lucic notched his first NHL goal. Manny Fernandez stopped 25 shots for his first win with Boston, which picked him up in a July 1 trade with Minnesota.
Anze Kopitar scored a pair of power-play goals for Los Angeles, which continued a four-game losing streak, and has been outscored 22-11 in that span. Brad Stuart and Michael Cammalleri also scored, and Brady Murray earned his first NHL goal for the Kings, who bested Anaheim in their season opener in London on September 29, but haven't posted a victory since.
The Kings tied the score at five with 11:41 left in the third when Kopitar fired a slap shot that deflected off the right post and the netminder's shoulder before Fernandez inadvertently swatted the puck across the goal line.
During a hooking penalty against Kyle Calder, Savard put the Bruins ahead 6-5 midway through the third when he took a feed from Glen Murray across the slot and beat rookie goaltender Jonathan Bernier gloveside.
Lucic scored on a tip-in 15:19 into the third, as did Chuck Kobasew about five minutes later for insurance. Patrick O'Sullivan scored on a wrister with five seconds left for the final margin.
Kessel put Boston on the board 16:54 into the first on a wrister assisted by David Krejci, but Stuart tied it on a slap shot on the power play with just 13 ticks left before the first intermission.
Glen Murray's wrister 4:05 into the second on the power play put Boston ahead 2-1, and Ward then scored on a slap shot almost two minutes later. Kessel's tip-in about three minutes after that put the Bruins ahead 4-1.
Brady Murray scored on a wrister 17:45 into the second, and Kopitar on a tip- in with 49 seconds left.
Kessel softly wristed in a rebound just in front of the crease on the power play 1:27 into the third, and Cammalleri cut the LA deficit back to one on a wrister from the slot through the five-hole for his fifth goal in five games.
"It's disappointing." LA coach Marc Crawford said. "We weren't good enough tonight. We made far too many mistakes to make it a hockey game."
The Bruins will play their first home game on October 18 against Tampa Bay...Los Angeles halted a four-game winless streak to Boston with a 6-0 victory the last time the clubs met...The Bruins have won the last three matchups in LA.
10/13 01:53:06 ET