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Lucic strikes late, Kings win 3-2 in a shootout

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings

Milan Lucic shoveled home a goal with less than a minute to play to propel the Kings to fight past regulation, where they won in a shootout, beating the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

It wasn’t just a solid start to the Kings’ five-game road trip, where they’ll play as the visiting team for the majority of the next two months, but it solidified the club’s best road start in franchise history. With a 5-1-0 road record so far, the Kings have more wins (5) and points (10) than they ever have had through six games away from Los Angeles to start a single season.

The Kings found themselves in penalty trouble early on, and the Flyers took advantage when Shayne Gostisbehere one-timed a slap shot past Jonathan Quick to give Philadelphia a 1-0 lead less than four minutes into the contest.

Special teams benefited the Kings, too, in the first period, when Jamie McBain connected to score his first goal of the season on the Kings’ first power play of the evening.

After winning possession of the puck in Philadelphia’s zone, Alec Martinez received a pass atop the point and fed McBain who was across on the right side. McBain, with space, took a couple of steps in and fired a slap shot past Steve Mason, who was screened by Tanner Pearson, who was parked just outside the Flyers’ crease.

Neither team found the net in a tightly contested second period.

In the third, Claude Giroux gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead when he fired a wrist shot past Jonathan Quick after spinning off of Kings defenders with 8:49 to play.

With time winding down in regulation, and with Jonathan Quick pulled from his net for an extra attacker, Milan Lucic struck gold and tied the game 2-2 with :55.7 seconds left on the clock.

Lucic, stationed in front of Philadelphia’s net, found a loose rebound that had snuck its way behind Steve Mason from a Jake Muzzin shot, buried the up-for-grabs puck, sending the game to overtime.

For Lucic, it was his third straight game with a goal, and he now has four in the past five.

The teams played an exhilarating, yet scoreless overtime period that saw Jonathan Quick make a handful of gargantuan saves to keep the Kings alive.

In the shootout, Quick stymied all three of Philadelphia’s shootout attempts, while Anze Kopitar beat Steve Mason high to the glove side, which was the night’s game-deciding goal.

Six different players led the Kings in points scored (1), three different players in shots taken (5), Alec Martinez in hits delivered (5), Alec Martinez in shots blocked (3), and Drew Doughty in minutes played (29:51). Jonathan Quick made 36 saves in the win.

The Kings will continue their five-game road trip Friday night, when they pay a visit to Joe Louis Arena to take on the Detroit Red Wings, with the puck scheduled to drop just after 4:30PM PST.




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