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Top 10 Games of the 2021-22 Regular Season

Statement wins, late game heroics and extra time drama, the 2021-22 Kings season had it all.

by Jack Jablonski @Jabs_13 / LAKings.com

Having put together a 44-27-11 record in the 2021-22 season, the Kings "never give up" mantra provided fans with plenty of memorable moments across the 82 regular-season games. With 99 points on the season, the 2021-22 Kings roster finished tied for the sixth-most points in franchise history. Whether they routed their opponent, came from behind to eventually earn a dramatic extra session victory or picked up an important two points at a crucial time in the season, the Top 10 games of the regular season came in all shapes and forms. 

Here are your Top 10 Kings games from the 2021-22 regular season. 

10. April 16 vs. CBJ 2-1 

At a glance, a 2-1 win over a non playoff team might be head-scratching as to why it lands on this Top 10 list. With six games left in the season and coming off of a 9-3 loss against the Colorado Avalanche, the Kings entered this Saturday night game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on the outside of the playoff picture looking in. Trailing the Vegas Golden Knights in points percentage, the Kings used this one-goal victory to propel them past the Golden Knights, never looking back as the team finished the season 5-0-1 to reach the playoffs for the first time in four seasons. 

Video: Brown, Quick help Kings hold off Blue Jackets

9. March 31 @ CGY 3-2 (SO) 

Right in the thick of a the playoff race, the Kings went into the Saddledome in Calgary on the second half of a back-to-back and won 3-2 in a shootout. Like fans became so used to seeing, the Kings tied the game late when Viktor Arvidsson buried a beautiful pass from Phillip Danault. The game went into a shootout, in which Lias Andersson scored the only goal to give the Kings the valuable extra point. 

Video: Arvidsson, Andersson propel Kings in shootout

8. March 4 @ CBJ 4-3 (OT)

The Kings trailed the Blue Jackets 3-1 entering the third period. With a Dustin Brown goal early in the third period, the Kings put themselves within striking distance in the final minutes of regulation. Having scored the first Kings goal of the game, Viktor Arvidsson added his second goal from Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty with under four minutes to go. In overtime, Arvidsson completed the hat trick with a well-fought individual goal. 

Video: Arvidsson nets hat trick in 4-3 OT win over Columbus

7. January 30 @ PIT 4-3 

In a gut-check game, the Kings responded after a Penguins surge. Having taken a 3-1 lead into the third period, the Penguins fought back and took all the momentum after tying the game midway through the third. In typical Kings fashion, it didn't faze them. Just three minutes after the game-tying Penguins goal, Blake Lizotte sprung Trevor Moore for the game-winning breakaway goal, Moore's second snipe of the game. 

Video: Moore scored twice to snag the Kings' victory

6. December 19 @ WSH 3-2

At the conclusion of a four-game road trip on the East Coast, against the top four Eastern Conference teams at the time, the Kings faced off against the Capitals without Drew Doughty, Phillip Danault and Cal Petersen due to COVID-19 protocols. Trailing 2-0 late in the second period, Blake Lizotte, Christian Wolanin and Adrian Kempe each scored, putting the Kings on top. In the Kings net was Garrett Sparks, who was making his first NHL start since April 2, 2019. The veteran goalie made 33 saves in the winning effort. 

Video: Kempe nets game winner off the heel of his stick

5. October 14 vs. VGK 6-2

It may have been the first game of the season, but it set the tone for what was to come in the next 81 games. Behind an Anze Kopitar hat trick and five-point night, the Kings captain led the way, in defeating the Golden Knights handily. 

Video: Kopitar nets hat trick in 6-2 win over Golden Knights

4. March 7 @ BOS 3-2 (OT)

In yet another finale of a four-game road trip, the Kings won this game in overtime thanks to a last minute game-tying goal in regulation. Down 2-1, Trevor Moore evened the game, putting in a rebound off of an Arthur Kaliyev one-timer. Then, in overtime, Andreas Athanasiou picked off a pass in the defensive zone and went down the other end of the ice, beating the Bruins goaltender high blocker-side to win the game. 

Video: Athanasiou nets the overtime winner in a 3-2 victory

3. January 13 vs. PIT 6-2 

Going into their January 13th bout against the Penguins, the Eastern Conference powerhouse had won 12 of their last 13 games. 1:37 into the third period, the game was knotted at two after a Penguins goal. Coming in clutch was defenseman Mikey Anderson who scored the eventual game-winning goal that also started the barrage of four unanswered Kings goals to close out the game. Anderson's goal was his first of two on the year. 

Video: Kopitar, Brown fuel Kings' 6-2 win against Penguins

2. February 18 @ VGK 4-3 (OT)

At this point in the season, the Kings sat fourth in the Pacific Division and trailed the Golden Kings by four points in the standings. After falling behind by two goals in the first period, Andreas Athanasiou flipped the script and responded with a beautiful individual play, scoring just 28 seconds later. The Kings grabbed momentum and took the the game to overtime where Adrian Kempe put home the game-winning goal on a phenomenal sequence of puck movement. 

Video: Kings win OT thriller behind Kempe's 2 goals

1. March 13 vs. FLA 3-2 (SO)

Going up against the Eastern Conference's best, the Kings used their late-game magic for more dramatic hockey. After a Rasmus Kupari goal, which gave the Kings a 1-0 lead, the Panthers responded with two unanswered tallies in the second period. Heading into the third period, the Kings couldn't get the puck past Florida netminder Spencer Knight until Martin Frk, holder of the hardest recorded shot in professional hockey history, rifled a slap shot into the Panthers net with 32 seconds remaining in regulation. After a scoreless overtime, the Kings needed an Adrian Kempe goal in the third round of the shootout to remain alive and got it. Two rounds later, Trevor Moore scored the only goal in the fifth round and won the Kings the game in dramatic fashion.

Video: Kings get shootout win in Quick's 700th NHL game

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