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15 Years Ago Today: Modry in OT

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings

The Kings’ 2001 playoff run was one of underdog proportions.

Inching their way in as the Western Conference’s 7th seed, the Kings took down the Detroit Red Wings in the first round, winning the series in six games when Adam Deadmarsh's overtime goal brought Los Angeles their first playoff series victory since 1993.

Things only got tougher for the Kings in the second round, when they matched up with the top-seeded Colorado Avalanche, the winners of the Presidents’ Trophy that season, finishing the year with 118 points.

The Kings continued on with their upset trend in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinal when Jaroslav Modry tagged home the game-winning goal 5:37 into overtime to give the Kings a 4-3 victory and a 1-0 series lead.

Modry’s goal, 15 years ago today, was the first playoff overtime goal scored by a defenseman in franchise history.

The Kings would go on to lose to the eventual Stanley Cup champions in seven games.

Modry is currently a coach in the Jr. Kings youth hockey system.

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