Maple Leafs rally, end Kings' winning streak

Alex Kinkopf  - | Friday, 03.14.2014 / 3:13 AM

LOS ANGELES – Three unanswered goals left the Kings listless at the final horn for the first time in quite a while, as they dropped their first game since February 3 in a 3-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have now won their last three decisions at STAPLES Center.

On an evening that had numerous franchise records on the line if a win was attained, the Kings couldn’t maintain what looked to be an early, commanding lead.

Less than two minutes into play, Marian Gaborik registered his first goal in a Kings uniform, in his first game in Los Angeles at STAPLES Center. Drew Doughty fired a shot on Jonathan Bernier, and as Gaborik drove to the net, he snuck home the rebound to give the Kings a 1-0 lead just 1:57 into the contest.

On their first power play opportunity of the night, the Kings padded their lead with Anze Kopitar’s 21st goal of the campaign. After Drew Doughty rushed the puck deep into Toronto’s zone, he used the attention he attracted to his advantage, finding Kopitar open and alone, feeding him a gorgeous pass, which Kopitar belted home on one knee to give the Kings a 2-0 lead with 3:55 to play in the first period.

Dion Phaneuf would cut the Kings lead in half in the first period’s final minutes after Jake Muzzin was called for a seriously questionable hooking penalty.

Jonathan Bernier, who was making his first visit to STAPLES Center since being traded over the summer, did not return for the second period due to a lower-body injury.

Bernier stopped eight of the Kings’ 10 first period shots.

James Reimer would replace Berner, and he was lights out in Toronto’s crease, turning away all 31 shots the Kings directed his way through the final 40 minutes of play.

Carl Gunnarson tied the game for the Maple Leafs early in the second period, beating Jonathan Quick with a surprisingly soft goal from atop the point.

For Quick, it was an uncharacteristic goal for the Kings’ netminder to surrender.

The bad for the Kings came just after they were denied from the good.

On the Kings’ final power play of the evening, Anze Kopitar came inches from giving the Kings a 3-2 lead. In the aftermath of Kopitar’s failed scoring opportunity, many of the Kings stood in shock as Toronto quickly transitioned the other way with a shorthanded opportunity.

James van Riemsdyk fed Mason Raymond a soft-touch pass on a clear-cut two-on-one rush, and Raymond whistled a one-timed slap shot past Jonathan Quick to give the Maple Leafs a 3-2 lead with 15:54 left to play in regulation.

The Kings were able to maintain pressure, but couldn’t find a way to get a puck past James Reimer.

Marian Gaborik, who played at STAPLES Center in a Kings uniform for the first time tonight, had a hand in both of the Kings’ goals; scoring the first, and assisting on the second, racking up his first two points (1G, 1A) as a member of the Kings.

The Kings’ record now sits at 38-23-6, which is good for 82 points, and positions them at sixth-place in the Western Conference. The Kings lead the Phoenix Coyotes by nine points for the Pacific Division’s third and final guaranteed playoff spot.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
01:57LAK Marian Gaborik (7) ASST: Drew Doughty (25), Justin Williams (19) 1 - 0 LAK
16:05LAK PPG - Anze Kopitar (21) ASST: Drew Doughty (26), Marian Gaborik (9) 2 - 0 LAK
18:13TOR PPG - Dion Phaneuf (7) ASST: Nazem Kadri (28), Morgan Rielly (20) 2 - 1 LAK
2nd Period
03:46TOR Carl Gunnarsson (2) ASST: Cody Franson (24), Nazem Kadri (29) 2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
05:06TOR SHG - Mason Raymond (19) ASST: James van Riemsdyk (29) 3 - 2 TOR
Three Stars of the Game
James Reimer
James Reimer
SA: 31TOI: 40:00
GA: 0EV: 27-27
PIM: 0PP: 4-4
SV%: 1.000SH: 0-0
Marian Gaborik
Marian Gaborik
G: 1Shots: 6
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: -1TOI: 19:36
Mason Raymond
Mason Raymond
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 12:17
Penalty Summary
1st Period
05:23LAK Marian Gaborik  Tripping against  David Clarkson
12:17LAK Alec Martinez  Tripping against  Mason Raymond
15:38TOR Tim Gleason  Interference against  Jarret Stoll
17:42LAK Jake Muzzin  Hooking against  Phil Kessel
2nd Period
11:57TOR David Clarkson  Interference against  Justin Williams
17:41TOR Paul Ranger  Tripping against  Trevor Lewis
3rd Period
03:29TOR Tyler Bozak  Hooking against  Justin Williams
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/31/4
Faceoff Wins3236
Blocked Shots166
Penalty Minutes86
3D. PhaneufD10-11019:29
4C. FransonD0120018:06
8T. GleasonD0001218:49
11J. McClementC0001012:04
12M. RaymondL1023012:17
15P. RangerD0012213:25
19J. LupulL0005022:16
21J. van RiemsdykL0106022:09
28C. OrrR000002:58
36C. GunnarssonD1002018:55
40T. BodieR000006:46
41N. KuleminL00-11015:27
42T. BozakC0001221:32
43N. KadriC0211020:02
44M. RiellyD0102016:48
51J. GardinerD0000014:45
71D. ClarksonR00-10216:41
81P. KesselR0013021:26
34J. Reimer31311.00040:00
45J. Bernier810.80019:38
6J. MuzzinD0015218:12
8D. DoughtyD02-12025:05
10M. RichardsC0002016:29
11A. KopitarC10-15020:50
12M. GaborikR11-16219:36
13K. CliffordL0003011:44
14J. WilliamsR0114019:27
22T. LewisC00-1009:43
23D. BrownR0000010:12
26S. VoynovD00-12025:26
27A. MartinezD0002215:36
28J. StollC0001013:23
33W. MitchellD00-10017:16
44R. RegehrD0000018:29
71J. NolanC000009:03
73T. ToffoliC0003014:28
74D. KingL0000012:53
77J. CarterC00-16018:54
32J. Quick2629.89758:43