LOS ANGELES – Kings captain Anze Kopitar was truly ticked. So much so that he broke his stick over the crossbar soon after a puck shot by Boston’s Charlie McAvoy strike his skate and went into the internet for a tie-breaking goal at 18:47 of the 3rd period of time.
Patrice Bergeron acquired one more one past Kings goalie Jack Campbell at 19:23, and the Bruins defeated the Kings 4-2 on Saturday evening in advance of 18,230 at Staples Centre.
Boston (34-17-8, 76 details) has now gained 5 consecutive game titles and seven of eight.
The Kings (23-29-6, 52 details) have shed 4 in a row and continue to be eight details out of a playoff spot.
Boston goalie Tuukka Rask may well have been the variation. He produced 23 saves, one of the impressive wide range.
Alex Iafallo tied the video game 2-2 for the Kings at the 15:37 mark of the 3rd period of time. Not prolonged soon after, at 16:00, the Kings went on the electric power-enjoy but did not produce a point. That is one cause why Kopitar was so angry.
The Kings were being 1-for-5 on the electric power-enjoy, and Kopitar reported he appreciated what he saw on the electric power-enjoy goal scored by Ilya Kovalchuk that tied the video game 1-1 at 10:37 of the second period of time. But …
“Yeah, I signify, the 1st electric power-plays we experienced zone time,” Kopitar reported. “But again, with 4 minutes left and possessing a electric power-enjoy in a tight video game, we have to uncover a way to score. It is on the 5 of us that were being out on the ice and I choose whole accountability, definitely, for that.
“We did not even get in the zone, so which is embarrassing.”
Kopitar was questioned if breaking his stick was due to the fact he was mad at himself, or due to the fact of the weight of this tough year.
“Yeah, all of the higher than,” he reported.
Interim coach Willie Desjardins was not thrilled with what he saw on the electric power-enjoy, either.
“Yeah, we acquired one electric power-enjoy goal tonight, which was fantastic,” he reported. “But, yeah, I really don’t think we generated sufficient off it. It just did not seen like we at any time truly acquired established up or experienced nearly anything sort of likely.”
Jake DeBrusk acquired Boston on the board early, at 5:31 of the 1st period of time, when he scored his 17th goal of the year. Linemate Peter Cehlarik took regulate of the puck in the neutral zone, skated into the offensive zone and produced a sweet pass to DeBrusk, who beat Campbell.
Campbell, the backup, was in there due to the fact Jonathan Speedy was less than the climate.Speedy was at the arena pre-video game, but was despatched residence soon after getting procedure from the Kings’ professional medical staff members.
David Krejci experienced the other guide.
When the puck went into the internet, the amount of cheering produced it distinct there were being lots of Boston fans in the making.
Kings rookie defenseman Matt Roy produced his NHL debut in the period of time.
Kovalchuk acquired the Kings even at 10:37 of the second period of time when he scored a electric power-enjoy goal from the prime of the left experience-off circle.
Enthusiasts were being chanting “Shoot, shoot,” when it appeared the Kings may well be passing also much.Just then, Kovalchuk pulled the induce and shot the puck past Rask. Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty experienced the assists. It was No. 12 for Kovalchuk.
Boston took a 2-1 lead on Brad Marchand’s 23rd of the year at 16:15 of the period of time. Bergeron gained a experience-off in the suitable circle, the puck went to Marchand and Marchand fired it past Campbell.
Just about every group experienced a player get a breakaway and a shot at a small-handed goal in the period of time. But Kopitar was stopped from up near and particular by Rask, and Chris Wagner was equally turned away by Campbell.
Rask also experienced an acrobatic save on a shot by Iafallo that probable would have gotten past a lot of other individuals. But Rask, on his back, produced the save with a lifted suitable leg pad.
Boston coach Bruce Cassidy praised Rask.
“He has usually been a goalie that receives better as the year goes on,” Cassidy reported. “That is no different this year. Tonight I imagined he produced some huge saves.”
The Kings up coming host the Washington Capitals on Monday evening at 7:30.