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by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings

What had the chance to be the season’s best finsh for the Kings, fell just short in their game against the Nashville Predators on January 3, 2015 at STAPLES Center.

Although the Kings ended up falling in OT, they pulled off arguably one of their most impressive, thrilling late-game rallies of the 2014-’15 campaign.

After the Kings opened the scoring just 32 seconds into the first period, the Predators responded by pouring on five straight goals to take a commanding 5-1 lead early in the second period.

Jonathan Quick was pulled after just 9:46 minutes in net, giving way to Martin Jones to man the Kings’ net as they looked to try and stage an epic comeback.

The Kings answered with two goals in the second period, but Nashville’s Olli Jokinen struck back with a goal early in the third period up the Predators’ lead to 6-3.

With just over three minutes to play, the Kings were seeking some magic.

With 2:01 to play, Dwight King, camped out in front of Nashville’s net, chipped home a rebound off a Jake Muzzin point shot, cutting the Kings’ deficit to two.

Now with Martin Jones pulled from the net, it was Marian Gaborik who did the dirty work in front of Nashvilles crease, tipping home an Alec Martin shot to cut the Kings’ deficit to one with 1:04 to play.

And then, with 33 seconds left on the clock…bedlam.

Unfortunately, the Kings' comeback didn't end with a win; Nashville's Roman Josi netted the game-winner just 18 seconds into overtime. Even without the win, it was a rather exciting, memorable loss.

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