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Kopitar's OT goal lifts Kings past Rangers

Los Angeles rallies from two-goal deficit in third period

by Curtis Zupke / NHL.com Correspondent

Kopitar's overtime winner

NYR@LAK: Kopitar tips OT winner past Lundqvist

3/17/16: Anze Kopitar tips home Jake Muzzin's slap shot for his second goal of the night, winning the game for the Kings in overtime

  • 01:10 •

LOS ANGELES -- Anze Kopitar came up big in one of the Los Angeles Kings' biggest comebacks this season.

Kopitar scored at 1:34 of overtime to give the Kings a come-from-behind 4-3 win against the New York Rangers at Staples Center on Thursday. 

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Coach's Challenge: NYR @ LAK - 15:50 of 3rd Period

Original call stands, good goal Kings

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Situation Room: NYR vs. LAK

Situation Room: Kopitar's goal stands after review

3/17/16: After a coach's challenge for goaltender interference, Anze Kopitar's goal stands after review, tying the game in the 3rd period

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At 15:50 of the third period in the Rangers/Kings game, New York requested a Coach's Challenge to review whether a Los Angeles player interfered with New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist prior to Anze Kopitar's goal.

After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee determined that the actions of New York's Ryan McDonagh caused Los Angeles' Tyler Toffoli to contact Lundqvist before the puck crossed the goal line. The decision was made in accordance with Note 2 of Rule 78.7 (ii) which states, in part, that the goal on the ice should have been allowed because "the attacking Player was pushed, shoved or fouled by a defending Player causing the attacking Player to come into contact with the goalkeeper."

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Coach's Challenge: NYR @ LAK - 2:46 of 3rd Period

Original call stands, good goal Rangers

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Situation Room: NYR vs. LAK

Situation Room: Review confirms Hayes' goal

3/17/16: After a coach's challenge, video review confirms that there was no goaltender interference on Kevin Hayes' 3rd-period goal

  • 02:31 •

At 2:46 of the third period in the Rangers/Kings game, Los Angeles requested a Coach's Challenge to review whether a New York player interfered with Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick prior to Kevin Hayes' goal.

After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee confirmed no goaltender interference infractions occurred before the puck crossed the goal line.

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Revoilà Darren Dietz chez les Canadiens

Le jeune défenseur est rapatrié en raison de la perte de Mark Barberio

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MONTRÉAL - Le jeune défenseur Darren Dietz était à peine de retour chez les IceCaps de St.John's que les Canadiens de Montréal l'ont rapatrié en ville, jeudi. Dietz a été rappelé d'urgence de l'équipe-école pour la deuxième fois en l'espace de moins d'une semaine en raison de la perte du défenseur Mark Barberio.

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Lundqvist faces Kings for first time since Cup Final

Los Angeles has four-point lead on Anaheim for first place in Pacific Division

by Abbey Mastracco / NHL.com Correspondent

RANGERS (40-23-7) at KINGS (42-22-5) 

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN360, SNE, SNO, MSG, FS-W 

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The New York Rangers continue their California swing against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday in a matchup of teams that played in the 2014 Stanley Cup Final.

The teams played twice last season, and the Kings won 5-4 in overtime at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 12. But for Rangers' goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who is expected to start according to coach Alain Vigneault, it will be his first game against the Los Angeles since a double-overtime loss in Game 5 that ended the 2014 Stanley Cup Final. He missed the two games last season due to injury and didn't play in the Kings' 5-4 overtime win at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 12.

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