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Round 3
Stanley Cup Final

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 don’t know if it was more relief for me that [Stamkos] scored or the power play scored. It was a whole compilation of Alka Seltzer.

— Lightning coach Jon Cooper after Steven Stamkos broke a long scoring drought and Tampa Bay's struggling power play scored four times in Game 2 at Montreal