LOS ANGELES - The Carolina Hurricanes erased a two-goal deficit in the third period to earn a point in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings.
Victor Rask and Elias Lindholm scored goals in the third period to even the score at two, but Tanner Pearson scored the game-winner with 19.2 seconds left in 3-on-3 action to hand the Canes their second straight overtime defeat.
Here are five takeaways from tonight's game in La La Land, where the Kings won their eighth straight game.
For 40-plus minutes, this one seemed destined to be another frustrating loss in which the Hurricanes generated chances but couldn't find the back of the net.
Then, things changed.
On their third power play of the game and second in the third period, the Hurricanes found a way past Jonathan Quick, solving the league's top-ranked penalty kill. Teuvo Teravainen made a great feed from the point over to Rask, and he finished with a blistering shot for his second goal in as many games.
Video: CAR@LAK: Rask fires one-timer by Quick for PPG
That goal gave the Hurricanes life and a belief that the way they were playing was going to pay dividends.
"It was good to stick with it. Both teams didn't give up too much. We did a good job of fighting back and just staying with it," Jordan Staal said. "Tonight was great all the way down the lineup. Just staying with it, staying positive and finding a way to get back in the game."
Then, with just over two minutes left in regulation and the Hurricanes holding onto the puck on a delayed penalty sequence, Lindholm located a rebound off a Brock McGinn shot to tie the game.
Video: CAR@LAK: Lindholm beats Quick to tie the game late
"We had the puck for a while there. We just tried to make some plays and get it to the net. I finally got the rebound there and just put it in," Lindholm said. "It was nice to tie it up, but obviously we wanted to win the game, so it's not good enough."
The last 20 minutes says a lot about the resiliency in the Canes' locker room. Down two goals and facing their third loss of the road trip, the team could have easily packed it in against the top team in the Western Conference.
But, they didn't. The Hurricanes stuck to the game plan and plugged away, eventually breaking through and forcing extra hockey.
"I think we've been a little mentally soft in the last few games. Tonight we could have easily folded it in," Staal said. "The third period was big for us. It was a whole game of working hard, which is what we want to do. If we play like that every night, we're going to be a lot better off."
"I thought we played pretty well. We just tried to play the same way every period, and obviously we got rewarded at the end," Lindholm said. "I felt like we were the better team for over 60 minutes."
"The guys were dialed in right from the drop of the puck. I thought we were real good. We had the puck lots. There are lots of things we can build on and move forward with," head coach Bill Peters said. "Lots of things that we can build on. I just like the overall effort and contributions from all 20 guys."
While there is much to be said about the third period comeback, the result still wasn't there. Pearson scored with just 19.2 seconds left in an overtime period that the Canes dominated, as they controlled the puck and rolled around with it in the offensive zone for an extended period of time.
"It's an unfortunate ending. I thought we worked hard. It's part of the game. Sometimes you work hard and don't get the results," Staal said. "Tonight we didn't get the final result, but if we continue to show up like that every game, we're going to be a lot better than we have been."
Video: CAR Recap: Rask, Lindholm score in Canes' 3-2 OT loss
"It's a tough league. When you play good, you want to get the result too, as well," Lindholm said. "You have to find ways to win, and we've got to do it soon."
"We played well. We played real good. Wouldn't change much about the overtime," Peters said. "Obviously not happy about the result, but we'll move on."
The Canes are now 0-1-2 on this road trip with games in Anaheim, Vegas and Buffalo remaining before the team returns to Raleigh. In an extremely competitive Metropolitan Division, the Canes need to start gaining ground again quickly.
And, as satisfying as the comeback was in this game, the result was just as much unsatisying.
"We didn't win the hockey game. There are no moral victories," Peters said. "We need two points, and we need them desperately each and every night."
A game after the Hurricanes' specialty teams was a combined minus-4, surrendering two power-play goals and two shorthanded goals, the team rebounded with a power-play goal (against the league's top penalty kill, no less), a 6-on-5 goal and a perfect penalty killing night.
"That's a real good penalty kill unit," Peters said. "Our first power play probably wasn't as good as we would have liked, but the guys stayed with it."
Second periods remain an albatross for the Hurricanes, who have been outscored 14-3 in their last eight middle frames. After a scoreless first period, the Kings found the back of the net twice in the second period to take a 2-0 lead into the second intermission.
It was the duo of Anze Kopitar and Tyler Toffoli that did the damage for the Kings. Kopitar fed Toffoli, who scored on a backhand shot to open the scoring at the 6:27 mark of the second period. Not even three minutes later, Kopitar and Toffoli executed a give-and-go, as Kopitar dished off to Toffoli, who then laid the puck toward the net where the extended stick of Kopitar redirected the puck past Scott Darling.
"They capitalized on a couple of our mistakes," Peters said. "We didn't make many here tonight. The guys did a great job battling and hanging in there."
The Canes' three-game trek through California wraps up on Monday night in Anaheim, the fourth stop on this season-long, six-game road trip.
"There's a lot of things to like about our group," Peters said. "Moving forward, I think we're in good shape as long as we play the same way."