Game 66; 40-22-4
LOS ANGELES — Excitement, disappointment and finished off with more excitement. That was how Wednesday night went for the Los Angeles Kings as, despite surrendering a 3-0 lead, were able to pull out a victory, beating the league-best Washington Capitals, 4-3 in overtime.
On a night where they welcomed Justin Williams and Mike Richards back, the Kings were in for a tough test against a Capitals team looking for their 50th win on the year. The Kings, though, were looking for No. 40 and they were determined from the get-go.
Vincent Lecavalier, Jake Muzzin and Milan Lucic all scored to give Los Angeles an early 3-0 lead. Tanner Pearson helped out with two assists while Alec Martinez, Tyler Toffoli, Jeff Carter and Brayden McNabb each had one.
While the second was scoreless, the Kings continued to dominate as they were solid defensively, thwarting most chances of a Washington scoring chance. For the ones they didn’t thwart, Jonathan Quick was up to the task in keeping the puck out.
In the third, though, the Caps showed why they are the best team in the league.
Just 1:46 into the third, T.J. Oshie got Washington on the board with a power play goal. A little while later, Alex Ovechkin made a perfect feed to Nicklas Backstrom to pull the Caps to within one followed by a nifty Dmitry Orlov move to tie the game.
It seemed as though the wind was taken out of the Kings’ proverbial sails but in overtime, the silver-and-black won it thanks to a beautiful upstairs goal by Jeff Carter — the 301st of his career — set up on a beautiful feed by Milan Lucic. Drew Doughty had the second assist.
So, despite giving up the 3-0 lead late, the overtime win should nonetheless do wonders for the Kings’ confidence as they knock off the league’s best team. In addition, thanks to Anaheim’s loss on Wednesday, the Kings have now jumped back into first in the Pacific.
With the win, the Kings improve to an astonishing 10-2 in overtime this season — a far cry from their 1-7 mark last year.
The Kings will now hope for another solid effort on Saturday when they close out their homestand against the New Jersey Devils.