The Kings started the game with a pre-game ceremony honoring all-time great defenseman Jay Wells, who played nine seasons (1979-1988) with the Kings. As Bob Miller stated, Wells played 604 games with the Kings, and is the fourth all-time Kings defenseman. Wells was honored three times as the Kings top defenseman. He is seventh in all-time assists by a defenseman and eighth in all-time points by a defenseman in Kings history. He scored the first goal in the 1982 playoff game against the Edmonton Oilers, in the great Kings comeback, called the Miracle on Manchester.
Wells is one of 27 players to have played over 1000 games with over 2000 penalty minutes. He played with toughness and hard hits, being third in all-time Kings history with a 1446 penalty minutes. Fans were given a Jay Wells what is usually a bobble head, bobble fists.
Wells gave his speech thanking everyone, and at the end of it told the players, “let’s have a nice feisty game, just like the olden days.” And so it was.
Each team had 20 penalty minutes. The Kings won 38 face-offs as the Oilers won 34. The Kings outshot the Oilers 48-18. During the second period, two fights broke out within three seconds of each other. Kyle Clifford dropped his gloves first, and then Jordan Nolan followed.
The first period was scoreless. The second period started with an Oilers goal. Then the Kings got the goal into the net but it was waived off. At 16:58 Mike Richards with a wrist shot got a goal, assisted by Jake Muzzin and Jeff Carter, tying the game at 1-1.
The third period was scoreless, and the game went to overtime where it was scoreless as well.
In the shootout, first up was Mike Richards for the Kings who got a goal. Second was Jordan Eberle for the Oilers who got a goal as well. Third up was Jeff Carter for Kings who did not get a goal. Fourth was David Perron for the Edmonton Oilers, saved by goaltender Jonathan Quick. Fifth was Anze Kopitar, who got the game winning goal, as the sixth shooter for the Oilers Ryan Nugent-Hopkins shot was saved by Quick as well.
The Kings will have an away game on Tuesday night in Glendale, AZ playing against the Phoenix Coyotes and will return home to STAPLES Center on Wednesday play against the San Jose Sharks.
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