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Kings falter in third, fall 5-3 to Senators

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES – The Kings couldn’t sustain a two-goal lead in the third period, surrendering four unanswered to Ottawa in their 5-3 loss to the Senators Saturday afternoon at STAPLES Center.

For the Kings, it was their first regulation loss on home ice in five games, dating back to December 22, and their second loss to the Senators, Ottawa sweeping the season series.

Jeff Carter opened up the scoring when he beat Craig Anderson with just over a minute to play in the first period. Working with the puck on a delayed penalty in Ottawa’s zone, Jake Muzzin found Tyler Toffoli with a cross ice pass. Toffoli couldn’t connect on a one-time shot attempt, but the puck found it’s way onto Carter’s stick, who then banked home the afternoon’s first goal.

Carter’s goal, his 13th of the season, was his 100th regular season goal in a Kings uniform.

Jake Muzzin, with the secondary assist on Carter’s goal, extended his point-streak to six games, which is the longest for a Kings defensemen since Jack Johnson did so in 2010.

In the second period, while working on their second power play of the day, Vincent Lecavalier gave the Kings a 2-0 lead. Christian Ehrhoff, after fumbling the puck while driving into Ottawa’s zone, swatted a desperation pass across the Senators’ slot which Lecavalier corralled and shot high to the top shelf.

Lecavalier’s goal was his first of the season, his first in a Kings uniform.

Alex Chiasson got the Senators on the board with eight minutes to play in the second, cutting the Kings’ lead to one.

Early in the third, Tyler Toffoli struck to reclaim the Kings’ two-goal lead. Milan Lucic found Toffoli with a pass as he drove to Ottawa’s net with a pass from the far left side boards, which Toffoli tapped home with ease.

The Senators struck for a pair of goals in a 26 second span to tie the game 3-3 just before the midway mark of the final frame.

Mika Zibanejad gave Ottawa their first lead of the game with seven minutes left to play in regulation, Mark Borowiecki added an empty-netter with 14 seconds left in the game.

Tyler Toffoli (1G, 1A) and Jeff Carter (1G, 1A) led all Kings players in points scored (2), Brayden McNabb in shots taken (5), Nick Shore in hits delivered (4), Alec Martinez in shots blocked (4), and Drew Doughty in minutes played (27:03). Jonathan Quick made 18 saves in the loss.

The Kings finished their four-game home stand with a 2-1-1 mark, and will now head to Anaheim for a quick one-game road swing when they take on the Ducks at Honda Center Sunday evening, where the puck is scheduled to drop just after 6:00 PM PST.




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