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Sabres lead 3-1 after two periods

Saturday, 10.08.2011 / 3:48 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor / Sabres-Kings live blog

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Sabres lead 3-1 after two periods
If the Los Angeles Kings want to record a second-straight come-from-behind win, they have some serious work to do in the third period, trailing 3-1.

The Kings, though, carry momentum into the final 20 minutes here as Anze Kopitar got a power-play goal in the last minute of the period. With Drew Stafford in the box for tripping, the Kings moved the puck efficiently around the perimeter -- especially after Paul Gaustad lost his stick -- until Kopitar got the puck in the high slot and ripped it home over the shoulder of a screened Ryan Miller.

Drew Doughty and Jack Johnson, who scored the overtime game-winner Friday night against the Rangers, earned the assists on the goal, which was Kopitar's second in as many games.

It was also the second game in a row that the Kings have scored on the power play, which was a point of emphasis this preseason. Johnson's game-winner Friday came on a 4-on-3 man advantage.

Quote of the Day

I downplayed the first one because I thought it's just a hockey game. We just want to win the game; it's against our rival and we want the two points. I downplayed it, but now having gone through the first one I look back and say, 'Geez, that was really cool.' I think as I've grown a bit older I've got a lot more appreciation for what we're allowed to do every day.

— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, the second one of his career after 2011 in Pittsburgh