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Jeff Carter, Kings come from behind to defeat Jets

Forward scores 23rd goal; Los Angeles 9-1 in overtime

by Abbey Mastracco / Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- Jeff Carter scored 1:36 into overtime to give the Los Angeles Kings a 3-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets at Staples Center on Saturday.

Jake Muzzin fed Carter in front of the net, where he used a toe-drag to score his Kings-leading 23rd goal. Los Angeles is 9-1 in overtime. No team has won more in overtime (21) since the 3-on-3 format was instituted last season.

Marian Gaborik and Dustin Brown scored for Los Angeles (22-17-4), Anze Kopitar had three assists, and Peter Budaj made 26 saves for his 20th win.


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Brown tied it 2-2 with 5:08 left in the third period.

"We hit a lot of posts and we had a lot of opportunities and scrambles," Muzzin said. "We just capitalized on one and that got us to a tie and put us into overtime."

Drew Stafford and Dustin Byfuglien each scored a power-play goal, and Michael Hutchinson made 35 saves for the Jets (20-22-4). Mathieu Perreault had two assists.

"I really liked a lot of what we did and looked to build and got stronger and stronger," Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said. "We needed the third one to go to put a team like that out."

Maurice was particularly impressed with Hutchinson and his play one night after he made 22 saves in 47:03 in relief of Connor Hellebuyck in a 4-3 loss to the Arizona Coyotes.  

"A solid game," Maurice said. "Really, really good and battled around the net. A good confidence booster for him and our team in front of him."

Byfuglien gave Winnipeg a 2-1 lead 7:38 into the third with a point shot through traffic.

Gaborik scored 3:19 into the first period to give Los Angeles a 1-0 lead, taking a feed from Kopitar and banking it off the crossbar behind Hutchinson. It was Gaborik's third goal in 21 games.

Stafford tied it 1-1 at 15:06 of the second period. Perrault feed Stafford at the right faceoff dot, where he scored with a wrist shot.


Goal of the game

Kopitar won a puck battle and kicked the puck to Muzzin, who found a charging Carter at the edge of the left circle. Carter went top-shelf to give the Kings the win.

Video: WPG@LAK: Muzzin feeds Carter for game-winner in OT

"[Kopitar] is the guy that really makes the play," Brown said. "He plays it with his foot, and it's plays like that that kind of separate him from pretty much the rest of us in here."


Save of the game

With 7:23 left in the third period and the Jets pressuring, Blake Wheeler got a partial breakaway and shot from point-blank range, but Budaj made the save to keep it 2-1.

Video: WPG@LAK: Budaj makes clutch shoulder save on Wheeler


Highlight of the game

Perreault carried the puck around the net and fed Wheeler, who shot through traffic too quickly for Budaj to make a play.


They said it

"Well, we were good at it last year too, so we're pretty well-versed in it I think. There's some things that we do. Obviously, we score." -- Kings coach Darryl Sutter on their 9-1 overtime record


"Tonight was all about effort. We gave up an early goal but we didn't let that get to us and we kept battling. We were able to get a couple of goals. It's unfortunate that they tied it up late in the game, but at the same time the way we rebounded after an early goal was really a huge positive for us." -- Jets goalie Michael Hutchinson


Need to know

Sutter won his 617th NHL game, tying Jacques Lemaire for 12th on the all-time list. Sutter is 617-449-79 with 101 ties with the Chicago Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks, Calgary Flames and Kings. … The Kings have never lost a home game to the Winnipeg Jets/Atlanta Thrashers in regulation (8-0-4). … Budaj won 20 games for the first time since 2008-09 (20-29-5 for the Colorado Avalanche). … Jets forward Shawn Matthias played his 500th NHL game. … Jets forward Adam Lowry played his 200th.


What's next

Jets: At the San Jose Sharks on Monday (4 p.m. ET; CSN-CA, TSN3, NHL.TV)

Kings: Host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday (4 p.m. ET; SN, FS-W, SUN, NHL.TV)


Video: Budaj, Carter's OT winner push Kings past Jets, 3-2

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