BOSTON- Los Angeles Kings captain Anze Kopitar scored the overtime winner with 1:37 left in the extra frame and Jonathan Quick made 37 saves – including one on a Patrice Bergeron breakaway seconds before Kopitar’s winner – as the Kings beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 at TD Garden Tuesday night.
Quick made save after save in the final five minutes to keep his team within one goal, paving the way for Kings defenseman Matt Roy to tie the game with 2:01 left in regulation. The Bruins had more chances to win it in overtime but the former UMass-Amherst goalie was in a zone similar to that of his glory days when he helped the Kings to Stanley Cups in 2012 and 2014.
Danton Heinen had a goal and an assist for the Bruins, Bergeron lit the lamp and Brandon Carlo also scored for the B’s. For the Kings, Blake Lizotte and Adrian Kempe also lit the lamp.
Tuukka Rask made 23 saves for the Bruins in the loss.
The B’s went 1-for-3 on the powerplay and the Kings were 1-for-1.
The Bruins got caught sleeping early and were called for too-many-men-on-the-ice a minute into the game. The Kings gladly obliged to the Bruins’ undisciplined and lackadaisical play out of the gate and pumped home a powerplay goal when Lizotte beat Rask to give the Kings a 1-0 lead at 2:17. Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli got the assists.
That goal seemed to get the Bruins into the game and just minutes later they almost tied the game when forward Sean Kuraly couldn’t convert the ‘toe’ on a beautiful tic-tac by defenseman Matt Grzelcyk and forward Danton Heinen, and missed an empty net.
Great pass by Matt Grzelcyk. Great pass by Danton Heinen.
The shot by Sean Kuraly… pic.twitter.com/zBGG4YXVST
— Evan Marinofsky (@emarinofsky) December 18, 2019
Heinen would find his way onto the scoresheet later in the period though as he converted on the powerplay taking a beautiful feed from Brad Marchand to tie the game at one with 59 ticks left in the first period. The goal was Heinen’s sixth lamplighter of the season. David Pastrnak had the secondary assist.
HEYO HEINO!! Danton Heinen ties things up on the PP 1-1 pic.twitter.com/c35BM0ZSbK
— Marina Molnar (@mkmolnar) December 18, 2019
The Bruins were sloppy out of the gate again in the second period and this time it was on the powerplay. With Kings forward Trevor Lewis in the box for hooking at 1:59, the Bruins were stoned by Quick on a scoring bid and the Kings caught the Bruins pinching too much. Quick got it to Lizotte who then found Kempe flying the zone and Kempe broke in and beat Rask for a shorthanded goal and his fifth lamplighter of the season to put the Kings back in front again.
Yo Adrian (Kempe)! pic.twitter.com/kH8VOJrd2F
— NHL (@NHL) December 18, 2019
Once again, the Kings goal seemed to snap the Bruins to attention and they buckled down for the rest of the period, trading chances with the Kings. One of those chances made it past Quick at 10:44 of the middle frame when Bergeron took a Torey Krug feed high in the slot and sniped one top shelf for his 11th lamplighter of the season and his third goal in five games since returning from a lower-body injury.
— Hockey Daily 365 (@HockeyDaily365) December 18, 2019
The two teams continued to trade chances for the rest of the period and ended up with ten shots apiece in the second period.
The Bruins finally had a good start to a period in the final frame and got a lucky bounce when Carlo dug the puck out from a battle along the boards and let one sail in on net. The puck appeared to take a bounce in front and caught Quick off guard as it sailed over his shoulder into the far corner for the Bruins’ first lead of the game 1:24 into the third period. The goal was Carlo’s third of the season. Heinen and DeBrusk got the helpers.
Brandon Carlo gives the Bruins a 3-2 lead.
Carlo now up to three goals and 11 points through 35 games this year.
He had two goals and 10 points all of last season. pic.twitter.com/bbZ8KUodfw
— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) December 18, 2019
Roy got a similar goal to Carlo’s as he shot one in from the point that seemed to change direction and sneak by Rask between the blocker and his pad to tie the game with just 2:01 left. Nikolai Prokhorkin got the lone assist.
Atta boy, Roy! 👏
— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) December 18, 2019