The Kings battled throughout the whole game gaining two power play goal (which they had been struggling with), playing strong defense, and getting phenomenal goaltending by Jonathan Quick as they gained a lead in the third period, but even Quick couldn’t stop what happened after.
The first period was scoreless and Mike Richards put the King son the board first with a power play goal form Slava Voynov, and the Red Wings got a goal of their own. In the third period Jeff Carter put the Kings in the lead with a power play goal, and then what happened next is sure to make a mark in the NHL’s rulebook.
The Red Wings pulled goaltender Jimmy Howard, as Niklas Kronwall fired a slap shot to send the Kings in the opposite direction, but instead the puck hit redirected itself from the traffic in front of the Kings hit, hitting the safety netting on top of the glass, and came back down, bouncing off of Quick’s shoulder and into the net with less than 30 seconds left in regulation.
The referees called it as a good goal, and then all four referees gathered to try and make sense of the awkward play but because of the controversy of plays that involve boundary issues are not up for video review according to the NHL’s guidelines, the call on the ice stood as a good goal.
The game went to overtime where the Red Wings dominated but no goals were scored. In the shootout the first and only goal came from the Red Wings, Tomas Tatar, giving the Red Wings two points to end the game and the Kings one.
With 64 points, 29-14-6, the Kings are in third place in the Pacific Division, sixth in the Western Conference and seventh in the league.
The Kings will continue their four-game road trip on Monday against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden at 12:00 p.m.
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