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Kopitar, Kings rally past Bruins in OT, extend point streak to five

Scores with 1:37 left to hand Boston sixth loss in seven games

by Matt Kalman / Independent Correspondent

Kopitar's game-winning wrist shot

LAK@BOS: Kopitar fires puck past Rask for OT winner

Anze Kopitar charges ahead and sends a rooftop wrist shot past Tuukka Rask for the game-winning goal in overtime

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BOSTON -- Anze Kopitar scored with 1:37 left in overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Boston Bruins 4-3 at TD Garden on Tuesday.

With Jonathan Quick (37 saves) pulled for the extra attacker, Matt Roy tied it 3-3 with 2:01 left in the third period for Los Angeles (15-18-3), which has a season-high five-game point streak (4-0-1) and a season-high four-game road point streak (3-0-1).

"You think about the score," said Kopitar, who scored on the rush from the top of the left face-off circle, "it's 2-2 after two periods, you're playing obviously a very, very good game in Boston and you're on the road. So there's nothing to be discouraged about, and they went out, they got on the board early [in the third period], but we just kind of hung in there, hung in there, and it was obviously a good shot from [Roy], and we were able to tie it up, and eventually we were able to win it in OT."


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Tuukka Rask made 23 saves for Boston (21-7-7), which lost for the sixth time in its past seven games (1-4-2) after an eight-game winning streak.

"We're going to look at things," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. "We switched some lines up again. Listen, there's 82 of these, I thought we certainly played well enough to win. Not very happy only getting one point tonight, some nights you're satisfied. But in terms of the process part of it, there were better things than there was, say, two weeks ago."

Video: LAK@BOS: Roy blasts one-timer to tie the game

Blake Lizotte gave the Kings a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 2:17 of the first period when he redirected Jeff Carter's pass from the top of the circles.

Danton Heinen tied it 1-1 with a power-play goal off his right skate with 59 seconds left in the period. All five Bruins skaters touched the puck on the play, with Brad Marchand's shot from high in the left circle going off Heinen, who had gone 10 games without a goal.

Adrian Kempe scored shorthanded on a breakaway at 2:45 of the second period to put the Kings ahead 2-1. He skated end to end and beat Rask with a backhand through the five-hole.

Patrice Bergeron tied it 2-2 at 10:44 with a wrist shot through traffic from the high slot.

Brandon Carlo gave Boston a 3-2 lead at 1:24 of the third when his shot from the right point went off Roy's skate.

"Well, I couldn't be happier for the guys," Kings coach Todd McLellan said. "They had to put a lot into that game to win, stick with it to the bitter end, and there's a lot of happy Kings in the locker room after. They deserve to celebrate around each other. [It's] not an easy place to play, not an easy team to play against, not an easy comeback. To think that we're [two minutes] away from not getting any points, based on the type of goal they scored to go ahead, was a little disappointing, but a hard-fought game."

Video: LAK@BOS: Carlo rips a shot that finds the twine


They said it 

"It's huge. It won us the game essentially. In this league, the power play and penalty kill is so important. It's hard to score 5-on-5 in this league. You look at the Bruins, their power play's good, they buzz, and they're good players on the power play, all-world. So it's good for us to get a goal on the penalty kill and obviously on the power play as well." -- Kings forward Blake Lizotte on Los Angeles' special teams, which went 1-for-1 on the power play and 2-for-3 on the penalty kill with a shorthanded goal scored

Video: LAK and TBL both score in the final minutes for a win

"Yeah we had some [prime chances]. I think we had two breakaways in OT, and anytime you can have that, obviously he's a very good goaltender on their side, he's been one of their keystone players and for good reason, he showed it tonight. I thought we had some chances there in the third as well, and myself personally, so anytime you're playing that way, it feels like you almost deserved better. And just didn't result in that way." -- Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk


Need to know

The Kings are 4-2 in games decided in overtime. The Bruins are 2-3. … Toffoli's assist extended his point streak to five games (three goals, five assists). … Marchand's assist extended his point streak to five games (seven assists). … Rask extended his home point streak to 12 games (8-0-4).


What's next

Kings: At the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; FS-O, FS-W, NHL.TV)

Bruins: Host the New York Islanders on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SNE, SNO, SNP, TVAS, NESN, NHL.TV)

Video: Kopitar lifts Kings to 4-3 overtime win vs. Bruins

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