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Gaborik's game-decider seals Kings' 3-2 SO win

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings

The Kings picked up another two points Friday night, winning their sixth-straight game by defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 in a game decided by shootout at the Consol Energy Center.

Friday night’s affair featured a little bit of everything you could expect to see in a hockey game; some bad-blood, back-and-forth scoring, late-game drama, and of course, yet another contest that extended past regulation time.

Along with extending their win-streak to six games, the Kings have now also earned points in their last eight, and have started their lengthy road-trip with a perfect 2-0-0 mark.

Tanner Pearson got the Kings on the board just over seven minutes into the game, capitalizing on a marvelous solo effort.

Pearson, after receiving a pass from Alec Martinez in the neutral zone, snuck the puck through Ian Cole’s legs at Pittsburgh’s blue line, slinking through the Penguins defense, skating in alone on Marc-Andre Fleury, who he beat with a shot high through the right arm-pit.

The Penguins tied the game with 1:15 to play in the second period, Eric Fehr beating Jonathan Quick during four-on-four play.

Mere seconds into the third period, Jake Muzzin reclaimed the Kings’ lead, blistering home his third goal of the season.

Muzzin, a Penguins draft pick in 2007, set up for a one-timer from a nice feed from Drew Doughty, beating Marc-Andre Fleury low through the five-hole.

Muzzin, in the Kings’ two games against the Penguins this year, has totaled five points (2G, 3A).

Evgeni Malkin tied the game with 1:10 to play in regulation, sending the Kings to their eighth overtime game of the season.

Neither club found the net in overtime; Jonathan Quick was the Kings’ star of the extra frame, stoning a sure chance on a Penguins two-on-one sequence.

In what was the club’s third shootout of the season, Anze Kopitar scored in the first round, Marian Gaborik in the fourth to seal the Kings’ win. Jonathan Quick stopped three of Pittsburgh’s four attempts.

The Kings are now 7-1 in games that extend past regulation this season, upping their shootout mark to 2-1.

Jake Muzzin (1G, 1A) led all Kings players in points scored (2), Marian Gaborik in shots taken (7), Andy Andreoff and Milan Lucic in hits delivered (6), Jake Muzzin and Drew Doughty in shots blocked (4), and Drew Doughty in minutes played (30:21). Jonathan Quick made 40 saves in the win.

The Kings will continue their six-game road trip Saturday night when they take on the Buffalo Sabres at the First Niagara Center, where the puck is scheduled to drop just after 4:00 PM PST.




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