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The Forgotten Comeback - 'Royal Rebound'

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings



It was to be just another typical game for the Kings on November 10, 2007, a club playing its 16th game of a young season, battling to climb from the cellar of a tightly contested Pacific Division with their 7-8-0 record.

Things looked bleak as the evening drew on, the Kings down 4-0 to the Dallas Stars entering the third period.

“A disappointment tonight, Jim, right now with one period to go.” Bob Miller told Jim Fox as the broadcast duo prepared to call the remainder of the game.

“The Kings are going to have to have a miraculous comeback,” Miller continued.

Little did he, Fox, or anyone else for that matter know what was to happen - a night that has been come to known as The Royal Rebound.

With seven minutes to play in regulation, the club still facing a four-goal deficit, Miller announced the official number on the full house that came to watch the Kings that evening at STAPLES Center; “18,118 tickets sold for tonight, the Kings’ third sell-out of the year, but not much for them to cheer about tonight.”

Those who remained, though, saw one of the most incredible comebacks in Kings history, as the team rallied to score five goals in a 5:07 minute span.

Dustin Brown, who was just in his fourth NHL season at the time, punched home a puck that slithered through the pads of Marty Turco from a Lubomir Visnovsky shot to get the Kings to within three goals with 7:14 to play.

Big deal, right?

1:15 minutes later, Michal Handzus dropped off a puck to Scott Thornton along the sideboards in Dallas’ zone, and ripped a wrist-shot through traffic and past Turco to cut the deficit to two with 5:59 to play.

Meh, too little too late.

Things got serious 1:34 minutes after Thornton’s goal when Alexander Frolov tipped home a Jack Johnson shot to bring the Kings to within one goal with 4:25 to play.

Good ‘ol Frolov.

A mere 24 seconds later, and with 4:01 to play in the third, Anze Kopitar, driving hard to the net on a three-on-two rush into Dallas’ zone, received a pass from Lubomir Visnovsky that was kept alive by Dustin Brown, slamming the puck into an open net to tie the score 4-4.

Bedlam.

Working with a power play with under three minutes to play, Alexander Frolov fed a pass to Brad Stuart, who was on the point atop Dallas’ zone. Stuart stepped into a slap shot, which Ladislav Nagy redirected past Turco to give the Kings a 5-4 lead.

Unreal.

As if the game needed to get any whackier, Dallas’ Mike Modano tied the game 5-5 with 1:05 to play.

In overtime, it was the kid again, Anze Kopitar, who was just 20 years old at the time and in his second NHL season. Kopitar, rolling off of a cycle deep in Dallas zone, drove to the slot and fired a backhand shot past Turco to give the Kings a miraculous 6-5 victory.

The Kings' five goals scored in a 5:07 minute span became a new franchise record, the previous mark was 5:37 minutes - set on November 2, 1985 against the Hartford Whalers.

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