It wasn’t a pretty game by any means, but the Los Angeles Kings escaped the Nation’s Capital with a 5-4 shootout win over the Capitals. It was the second time in a week that the Kings have beat the Caps in extra time, after turning the same trick on Thursday night back in LA.
Los Angeles trailed for most of the game, with Alex Ovechkin scoring 2 first period goals (his 47th and 48th of the season) to give the Caps the lead. Both of Ovie’s goals came on the man advantage as the Kings took a couple of tripping penalties.
Mike Richards got one back early in the second on a power play of the Kings’ own but former King Dustin Penner restored the 2 goal lead late in the frame. It didn’t look good for the Kings, but they came out to play in the third. Dwight King scored in the first minute to get the Kings within 1, and then Marian Gaborik tied the score before the period was half over. Dustin Brown put the Kings ahead for the first time with just over 7 minutes left and the Kings were in control. A late penalty by Caps blueliner John Carlson with less than a minute left looked like it would finish Washington off, but Evgeny Kuznetsov pounced on a rebound of an Ovechkin shot for his first career NHL goal with just 42 seconds left.
The Kings have a day off on Wednesday before paying a visit to Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night.