The Los Angeles Kings had a three goal lead, but ended the game with a 4-2 victory against the Boston Bruins at STAPLES Center on Thursday. Before the game the Kings honored Head Coach Darryl Sutter as he smiled for his 1000th game which was January 7, and his team gave him a reason to maybe keep that smile.
Goaltender Jonathan Quick and the Kings defense were on point tonight as the Kings found themselves offensively getting goals from four different players and 10 different players recorded a point, including Quick.
The Kings outshot the Bruins 35-22, killed three penalties, and scored on one of six power play opportunities. The Kings also won 35 face-offs as the Bruins won 28.
The first period started slow but the Kings dominated and were first on the board with a goal from Jeff Carter assisted by Anze Kopitar.
Only 40 seconds into the second period, a power play from late in the first was still in effect for the Kings and Justin Williams (800th career NHL game), put one through for the Kings assisted by Slava Voynov and Quick. One minute later Alec Martinez fired a slap shot assisted by Robyn Regehr and Mike Richards, putting the Kings in a 3-0 lead. At that point the Bruins changed their goaltender from Tuukka Rask to Chad Johnson and at 9:55 the Bruins got a goal, getting on the board.
The third period was action packed as both teams were giving their all. At 12:23 Dustin Brown put the Kings ahead yet one more goal assisted by Jarret Stoll and Williams. The Bruins gained one more goal, and even with an extra attacker in the last minute they just weren’t able to catch up.
The Kings will face the Bruins again on January 20 at TD Bank Garden.
The Kings are now at 59 points, 27-13-5, third in the Pacific Division, fifth in the Western Conference, and sixth in the League.
The next Kings game is Saturday January 11 against the Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. at STAPLES Center.
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