The Kings trailed the thrashers by three goals, three different times, only to rally with three goals in the last 12:25 of the third period to tie the score with five seconds remaining in the game. After a scoreless overtime, Atlanta converted on 2-of-4 shoot out attempts to prevail in wild one at STAPLES Center, 7-6.
A WILD, WILD FIRST...
Atlanta, coming off an eight-goal outburst at Anaheim, knocked Jonathan Quick out of the game after scoring three goals on seven shots in the first to race out to two, three-goal leads...The Kings came back with two goals of their own to close the period trailing, 4-2...Both teams went 2-for-2 on the power play, with Jack Johnson and Jarett Stoll scoring for the Kings and Ilya Kovalchuk and Todd White scoring for the Thrashers...The two teams combined for 21 shots, six of which resulted in goals...Three Thrashers had multi-point efforts as Zack Bogosian and Vyacheslav Kozlov each had two assists and Bryan Little had a goal and an assist...Eight Thrashers and six Kings earned points...the six combined goals were the most for the Kings in one period since Jan. 21, when Los Angeles (5) and Colorado (2) combined for seven goals in a wild second period.
...AND A WILD, WILD THIRD
The Kings and Thrashers combined for four goals in the third period, with Kovaluchuk scoring his second goal of the game to give the Thrashers their third three-goal lead of the game at 6-3...The Kings scored three times in 12:25, with Anze Kopitar taking part in each of the three goals, (2-1=3)...Both of Kopitar's goals were on the power play...Denis Gauthier scored in the period to bring the Kings within a goal, it was Gauthier's first goal in 124 games...It was the second straight game the Kings scored the tying goal in the last minute of the game with their goaltender pulled...The Kings out-shot the Thrashers, 19-4 in the third period...the Kings were 2-for-2 on the power play in the third.
Jonathan Quick, who entered the game with a 4-1-1 record with a 1.80 goals-against average and one shutout in six games this month, was pulled after surrendering three goals on seven shots. Erik Ersberg came on in relief, his first appearance since Jan. 17 at Dallas. Ersberg would suffer the shootout loss, stopping 17-of-20 shots and two-of-four in the shootout.
The Kings will be practicing in El Segundo on Wednesday morning and then bussing to Anaheim for the game that night. For the first two meetings in Anaheim, the Kings treated it as a road game, traveling the night before and hosting the morning skate in Anaheim in preparation for that night's game. Los Angeles is 0-2-0 in Anaheim this season, with a 2-0 loss on Nov. 16 and a 3-1 loss on Jan. 6.
Speaking of that, the Freeway Faceoff will come down to the Kings/Ducks meeting on Wednesday as the Ducks are are 3-2-0 this year for six standings points, while the Kings are 2-2-1 this year for five standings points.
THIS AND THAT
The Kings celebrated Armenian Heritage night and over 1,000 fans came to see Bogosian, the first of Armenian decent to play in the NHL...Bogosian did not disappoint, tallying three assists...Bogosian was drafted No. 3 overall in 2008, following the Kings selection of Drew Doughty...Doughty and the Kings are 0-1-1 against the top two picks in the NHL Draft from a year ago, falling to Steve Stamkos and Tampa Bay 3-1 on Jan. 12...Kopitar tied a career high with four points (2-2=4)...Frolov finished with three points (1-2=3)...Jack Johnson had his first career multi-point game (1-1=2)...Drew Doughty had his fourth multi-point game of the season (and career)...The Kings scored a season high four power-play goals...The Kings have out-shot their opponent 161-93 in the last four games...This is the 14th time the Kings have played at home on President’s Day (6-5-3).
Justin Azevedo scored twice and Teddy Purcell add his fourth game-wining goal in the Monarchs last five games as the Monarchs earned their fourth straight win. Daniel Taylor made 37 saves to earn his sixth win of the season (6-1-0)...more
'Scene' in the crowd was the cast of “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” in the Ritz Carlton Ice Box as Leven Rambin, Brian Austin Greene, Richard T. Jones and Thomas Dekker took in the game. Also in attendance was William Fichtner, star of Prison Break, Heat, Blades of Glory and The Dark Night amongst other movies/programs...check out our Hockeywood feature on LAKings.com for the "Who's Who" at Kings games.
KINGS HEAD COACH TERRY MURRAY:
(Re game recap): “Coming back from being down three goals, you have to be happy with that. There are two different games out there tonight, the start we’re down when they score on a five-on-three, they score on the next play at the net on the power play and it’s 3-0. They score on the second shift of the game, just over a minute into the game, so we’re down 3-0 and it’s a big hole that were in, like the last two games, but there was a lot of dig in to come back and tie it up.”
(Re a challenging upcoming schedule): “The next game we have Anaheim, but you can’t overwhelm yourself by looking at the remaining part of the schedule, that’s too hard. There are a lot of road games there, but the next game at Anaheim we have to regroup and come out with the right kind of effort to get the two points. That’s the way the schedule is and we have to go play it.”
KINGS CENTER ANZE KOPITAR:
(Re game recap): "This time of the year you want to get two points, not just one. Maybe we're fortunate enough to get one but that's not enough. I mean, like I said, to give up six goals at home, it's hard and it definitely shouldn't happen. The Thrashers came out strong and the last couple of games we stayed flat footed, but they came out strong and ready to play and we simply weren't ready. The next game we need to make sure we are ready from the get go. It's a mental thing to be ready when the puck drops, and I hope we can do that to be ready."
ATLANTA FORWARD ERIK CHRISTENSEN:
(Re: game recap): “We’re lucky we’re scoring goals Tonight was a great start. A lot of offensive guys on that team and we let them right back in the game. The second period was tough and it took a lot of our best players out of the game. Some of those didn’t play much in the second period. We’re lucky we’re scoring a lot of goals right now. We allowed like 10 goals in the last two games and we still got two wins and we’ll take them. We have to play with more consistency throughout the game.
ATLANTA DEFENSEMAN ZACH BOGOSIAN:
(Re: Armenian night): “It’s always fun to play in front of your own heritage. I was pretty excited about it. My girlfriend was here and three cousins. I had six people here to watch me and it was pretty good. It’s always good to have some people show up and show some support. “
(Re: game recap): “We obviously wanted to win in regulation but all that matters is we won. It was an exciting game back and forth and we all had our good chances. Toward the end they capitalized and like I said its good to get the win and it’s all that matters.”