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Kopitar's OT marker sinks Canucks

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES – Another thriller it was Tuesday night at STAPLES Center, the Kings winning their second consecutive overtime game, and fourth of the season in their 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

Vancouver’s Jacob Markstrom was phenomenal in net for the majority of the game, the Canucks’ backup goaltender filling in for Ryan Miller. Markstrom faced a ferocious Kings offense, which was stunned time after time as the Canucks’ netminder turned away numerous golden scoring opportunities through the first two periods of play.

Markstrom denied the Kings’ offense for most of the game while working with a one-goal lead; Daniel Sedin beat Jonathan Quick during a Vancouver power play just over seven minutes into the game to put Vancouver up 1-0.

Facing a one-goal deficit heading into the third, the Kings went on the attack; they outshot the Canucks 15-1 during the final 20 minutes, finally finding the back of the net with just over 13 minutes left to play in regulation.

While working on their fourth power play of the evening, Nick Shore shoveled a puck up to Drew Doughty, who was positioned atop the left point. With time and space, Doughty stepped into a slap shot that found its way through traffic and past Markstrom, tying the game.

Shore recorded the primary assist on Doughty’s equalizer, his first of the season.

The Kings advanced to their sixth overtime game of the season, the Canucks their ninth. Vancouver came into the night with the most losses after regulation (7) in the NHL, six of them coming in OT, one in the shootout.

With two minutes gone in the overtime period, Alexander Edler, while regrouping in Vancouver’s zone, fired an errant pass which Jeff Carter hopped on. Carter, in quick transition, was patient with the puck, waited for Vancouver’s defense to collapse, and found Kopitar with a back-door pass that he fired past Markstrom to seal the Kings’ win.

The Kings are now 5-1 in games that have extended past regulation, going 4-0 in overtime, and 1-1 in the shootout.

Five different players led the Kings’ roster in points scored (1), Tanner Pearson in shots taken (5), Trevor Lewis in hits delivered (5), Drew Doughty in shots blocked (3), and Drew Doughty in minutes played (31:40). Jonathan Quick made 15 saves in the win.

The Kings will continue their four-game home stand Saturday afternoon when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins at STAPLES Center, with the puck scheduled to drop just after 1:00 PM PST.





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