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Kings top Capitals in shootout for Sutter's 500th win

Thursday, 03.20.2014 / 11:07 PM

Alex Kinkopf - LAKings.com

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Kings top Capitals in shootout for Sutter's 500th win
Washington Capitals 1, Los Angeles Kings 2
Three Stars of the Game
Anze Kopitar
1st
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 4
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 20:53
Jonathan Quick
2nd
SA: 22TOI: 64:41
GA: 1EV: 15-16
PIM: 0PP: 6-6
SV%: .955SH: 0-0
Joel Ward
3rd
Joel Ward
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 17:13

LOS ANGELES – In Washington’s first visit to since December of 2012, it took extra time for the Kings to stave off the Capitals, a team starving for points as they struggle to crack the East’s playoff bubble.

For the Kings, a three-game slide was pushed out the door in Thursday’s 2-1 win.

Tonight’s win also extended the Kings’ winning streak against the Capitals to six games. Washington hasn’t been able to record a win against the Kings since November 20, 2008.

Thursday evening’s battle was between a pair of clubs that are rather unfamiliar with one another, which kept the game fairly tight throughout the evening.

Neither club registered a shot on goal during the first six minutes of play, and only 12 shots were allotted total during the first 20 minutes.

Finding space was the challenge for both clubs, until Justin Williams turned on Marian Gaborik’s burners.

Late in the first period, Williams missed Gaborik with a long cross-ice stretch pass, which the newly acquired forward couldn’t catch up to. He did however; utilize his speed to chase Williams’ missed pass rink-length to recover the puck, and found Anze Kopitar trailing right behind.

Kopitar read the play’s sequence as Gaborik hounded for the loose puck deep in Washington’s zone, shadowing Gaborik the entire way. Once Gaborik maintained possession, Kopitar was situated right in front of Jaroslav Halak for a perfect one-time touch pass tally.

Kopitar’s goal, his 22nd of the season, gave the Kings a 1-0 lead with 5:51 to play in the first period.

The Kings, though having numerous chances and three power play opportunities, couldn’t find a way to get another puck past Jaroslav Halak throughout the remainder of regulation time.

With 7:36 to play in the third period, Washington tied the game 1-1, on Joel Ward’s second-effort chance, as he jammed home a puck past Jonathan Quick through a scrum of traffic in front of the Kings’ crease.

Tied after three periods, the Kings wrapped up one guaranteed point, as did the Capitals.

In overtime, Robyn Regehr was called for a hooking penalty :53 seconds into the extra frame. The Kings were able to kill off Washington’s OT power play opportunity, keeping Alex Ovechkin at bay, while Jonathan Quick staved off all three of the Capitals’ shots.

In the shootout, the Kings found themselves down after the first round, as Evgeny Kuznetsov scored for Washington after Anze Kopitar drew a blank.

Jeff Carter and Marian Gaborik beat Jaroslav Halak in the second and third rounds respectively, while Jonathan Quick shunned Alex Ovechkin to secure a win.

The Kings held Alex Ovechkin off the scoreboard, as the NHL’s leading scorer could only muster three shots and four hits in 19:09 minutes on the ice.

Justin Williams played in his 200th career game with the Kings tonight. Williams assisted on Anze Kopitar’s first period goal, and recorded four shots and one hit in 18:24 minutes of ice time.

Darryl Sutter earned his 500th win as an NHL head coach tonight.

Jonathan Quick tied Rogie Vachon for the Kings’ franchise record in wins, recording his 171st career win tonight in his 326th NHL game.

The Kings’ record now stands at 39-25-6, which is good for 84 points, situating them at sixth-place in the Western Conference. The Kings lead the Phoenix Coyotes by five points for the Pacific Division’s third and final guaranteed playoff spot.

Saturday afternoon, the Kings will close out their five-game home stand, as the Florida Panthers visit STAPLES Center for a 1:00PM PT matinee.

scoring summary
1st Period
14:09
LAK
Anze Kopitar (22) ASST: Marian Gaborik (10), Justin Williams (20)
1 - 0 LAK
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
12:24
WSH
Joel Ward (22) ASST: Evgeny Kuznetsov (5), Nicklas Backstrom (56)
1 - 1 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDLAKWSHTOTAL
1A. Kopitar
E. Kuznetsov
0 - 1
2J. Carter
A. Ovechkin
1 - 1
3M. Gaborik
N. Backstrom
2 - 1
penalty summary
1st Period
02:33
LAK
Kyle Clifford  Fighting (maj) against  Tom Wilson
02:33
WSH
Tom Wilson  Fighting (maj) against  Kyle Clifford
06:05
LAK
Jeff Carter  Hooking against  Troy Brouwer
17:53
WSH
Jason Chimera  Interference against  Marian Gaborik
2nd Period
02:59
WSH
Nicklas Backstrom  Holding against  Justin Williams
3rd Period
02:12
LAK
Tanner Pearson  Holding against  Tom Wilson
09:33
WSH
Nicklas Backstrom  Hooking against  Anze Kopitar
OT Period
00:53
LAK
Robyn Regehr  Hooking against  Marcus Johansson
goalie stats
Jaroslav Halak
Jaroslav Halak
28-11-5
SA: 28TOI: 64:41
Saves: 27EV: 21 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .964SH: 0 - 0
Jonathan Quick
SA: 22TOI: 64:41
Saves: 21EV: 15 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .955SH: 0 - 0