On December 18, 2014, the Kings pulled off their greatest comeback of last season, stunning Martin Brodeur and the St. Louis Blues after overcoming a hapless start that dug them into a deep hole.
This comeback was, well, completed.
Entering the night, the Kings were still fresh off of a 5-2 loss to the Blues – their third straight defeat. The two clubs were intertwined in a rare home-and-home series, the Kings hosting St. Louis two nights after falling at Scottrade Center.
There were two methods of motivation here: Snap the losing streak, and scrap together some sort of revenge for the loss the Blues pinned on the club two nights prior.
Things, unfortunately, got out of hand quick; St. Louis posting a three-spot on the board just 16 minutes into the contest.
Facing a three-goal deficit in the first period isn’t exactly ideal.
“Some other teams would probably pack it in after the 3-0 [deficit], but not this team,” Anze Kopitar said that night. “We have a lot of character. We have a lot of guys that care about each other, and we like playing for each other.”
The Kings were working against a vulnerable target, however. St. Louis’ goaltender, Martin Brodeur, was making just his fourth start of the season since signing with the Blues two weeks prior.
You could say Brodeur was cold and ol---well, not exactly young.
And once that was exposed, the Kings’ offense didn’t hold back.
Marian Gaborik got the Kings on the board late in the first period to chip away at the Blues' lead.
Kopitar early in the second.
After the Kings tied the game, St. Louis found the net again for the fourth and final time of the evening - giving themselves a 4-3 lead heading into the third period.
That’s when the fun began for the Kings.
Jeff Carter wasted no time, scoring the Kings' fourth goal of the evening while the ice was still glistening from the second intermission's Zamboni job.
Jake Muzzin, with a little shake-and-bake, beat Brodeur to the top-left corner to give the Kings their first lead of the evening with 11 minutes to play in the third.
And then, the kicker, and the highlight of the night – as Dwight King
struck from downtown.
It was a tough go for veteran goaltender Martin Brodeur, who would only make three more starts before retiring from the NHL for good weeks later on January 29th.
Three different players recorded four points for the Kings that night: Anze Kopitar (1G, 3A), Jeff Carter (1G, 3A), and Marian Gaborik (2G, 2A).