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Los Angeles Kings End Their Losing Streak with a 2-1 Overtime Victory

February 7th, 2014 at 12:41 AM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The Los Angeles Kings beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 in overtime on Thursday at STAPLES Center.

The Kings ended their final game before the Winter Olympics break on a positive note, late in the game ending their losing streak as they found their spark again.

The Kings still had difficulty keeping control of the puck, taking advantage of power plays and getting shots through but they got the two points in the end.

The game started off with a penalty for the Kings and in typical fashion a former King, in this case Jack Johnson scored the goal for Columbus. The Kings were out-shot, out of sync, and not in formation all over the ice in the first period, allowing the Blue Jackets to dominate.

The second period was scoreless, despite three power play opportunities for the Kings.

In the third period the Kings caught up to their one goal deficit as Jake Muzzin tipped-in a shot from Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar. The rest of the game was a close call as both team had great chances to put the puck through.

Goaltender Jonathan Quick made some key important saves again stopping 24 shots, versus the Blue Jackets goalie stopping 18.

At 2:33 in the overtime Robyn Regehr fired a slap shot assisted by Mike Richards and Jeff Carter to get the Kings out of their losing streak slump.

For the Kings Darren Granger (Canada), Dean Lombardi (USA Men’s National Team Advisory Group), Dieter Ruehle (who will play the organ and recorded music), Slava Voynov (Russia), Anze Kopitar (Slovenia), Jeff Carter and Drew Doughty (Canada), Dustin Brown and Jonathan Quick (USA) are headed to participate in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The Kings gave them a send-off after the game on Thursday.

The Kings head into the Olympic break with a 68 points, 31-22-6, third place in the Pacific Division, seventh in the Western Conference, and 11th in the League.

Tags: Hockey, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Kings, NHL

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