The last time these two teams met LA defeated the Capitals 2-1 in a shootout. The Capitals were looking for revenge as the Kings visited the Verizon Center
The Capitals were sent to the man advantage when Kings forward Tanner Pearson decided to ignore the rules and trip Joel Ward, which is illegal. The 2nd best Power Play unit went to work against 10th best Penalty Kill unit. The advantage would go to the Power Play unit. Alex Ovechkins 47th of the season would come when an intended pass to Backstrom bounced off a Kings player and past Quick. (3/4 goals for the Capitals have bounced off a Californian player) Listen to John Walton call Ovechkins 47th goal.
But the GR8 wasn’t done scoring. The Kings decided to ignore the rules of the NHL and do something illegal again. This time Drew Doughty was called off for tripping. The Power Play unit made it’s way onto the ice for the second time. The Capitals would convert again and again it would be the Captain Alex Ovechkin. This time Ovechkins 48th of the season was assisted by a swede, Nicklas Backstrom. Listen to John Walton call Ovechkins 48th
With four minuets remaining in the period Mike Green decided to pull an LA Kings and break the rules. The Kings headed to the Power Play and would face a tough Penalty Kill unit. The Capitals have been perfect in their last 17 penalty kills, and would make it 18/18 after they killed the Mike Green penalty. The first ended with the Capitals leading 2-0.
Early in the 2nd the Capitals decided to break the rules again, we don’t know why. This time it was Joel Ward. The Capitals would fail to kill 19 straight power plays. Mike Richards would cut the Capitals lead in half with 17 minuets left in the 2nd.
After two goals were scored on the Power Play you would think the Kings wouldn’t take another penalty. Justin Williams was called off for tripping, what a surprise. The Capitals Power Play went to work for the third time of the night. This time the Kings would figure out the Capitals Power Play unit and kill it off.
Since everyone’s been complaining about the Capitals lack in 5v5 scoring Dustin Penner decided to change that. After a wrist shot from Chris Brown bounced off Jonathan Quick Penner slapped in a buttery rebound to give the Capitals a 3-1 lead. The second ended with the Kings trailing the Capitals by two.
Just 45 seconds into the third period Dwight King tallied for the Kings. Kings’ 14th goal of the season pulled his team within one with 19:15 to play in the third.
The Kings decided to pull a Kings five minuets into the third. Yep, you got it, the Kings were called for tripping. Justin Williams would head to the sin bin for the second time of night. But the Kings would kill off the Power Play to keep the Capitals lead at one.
Midway through the 3rd the Marion Gaborik would tally his 9th of the season to knot things up at 3-3. The Capitals blew their 13th two goal lead of the season.
The Kings continued to pressure the Capitals in their zone. A bad turnover by the Capitals would lead to a Dustin Brown go ahead goal. The Kings would take a 4-3 lead with 6:50 left in the game.
With time ticking down and the Capitals on the PK a miracle was needed for the dudes in red. The savior decided to answer the prayers for the Capitals faithful. Evgeny Kuznetsov slipped a Alex Ovechkin rebound through Jonathan Quick to tie the game with 41.6 left in the game. The Capitals and Kings were headed to overtime.
Mid way through OT a scary collision between Alex Ovechkin and Jack Hillen occurred in center ice. A full speed body to body hit between Ovi and Hillen would send Verizon Center into complete silence. Hillen’s head collided with Ovechkins chest, Hillen layed on the ice for a few minuets until he was helped off the ice by teammates.
Despite the multiple chances neither team could burry the game winner in overtime. The game would be headed to a shootout
- Kuznetsov: No Goal, fumbles puck
- Kopitar: Goal, five hole.
- Fehr: No goal, glove save by Quick
- Carter: Goal, LA wins again in a S/O
Im happy, but sad at the same time =|