LOS ANGELES – Five games is all that remained for the Kings when they took the ice against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.
To say this season has been a bummer for the Kings would be putting it mildly, as there will be no playoffs for the third time in five seasons. But the Kings have found some spunk of late, going 3-1-1 over their previous five games.[Whats New In TypeScript 34]
Indeed, they are trying to show some class down the stretch, and they were looking for more of that against the Blackhawks.
They got more because Drew Doughty scored with time winding down in overtime to give the Kings a 3-2 victory at Staples Center.Related Articles
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The Kings are 29-40-9 (67 points). Chicago, which still has an outside shot at the playoffs, is 34-33-11 (79 points).[Trump Threatens To Shut Mexico Border Again]
Chicago took a 1-0 lead at 1:38 of the second period on Alex DeBrincat’s 41st goal of the season. The puck might have gone in off the stick of a Kings player. Officially, assists went to Patrick Kane and Artem Anisimov.
It was the 105th point of the season for Kane.[Mark Zuckerberg Says The Internet Needs A More Active Role For Regulators]
That goal was not nearly as electrifying as the one scored by Kings rookie Austin Wagner to tie the game at 16:05 of the period.
Wagner took a pass at the defensive blue line and, using his speed, blew by everybody as he skated in on goalie Corey Crawford and put it past him from point-blank range.[22 Year Old Man Dies In Single Vehicle Crash In Fort Collins]
The crowd went wild.
Jeff Carter and Matt Roy assisted.[Investigation Underway After Officer Shot In North Miami Police]
The Blackhawks took a 2-1 lead at 3:09 of the third period on Gustafsson’s 17th of the season. Gustafsson scored on a long shot that seemed to disappear past goalie Jack Campbell, who barely reacted as if to suggest he was screened and didn’t see the puck.
The Kings didn’t wilt, though, and tied the game 2-2 on Michael Amadio’s fifth of the season at 15:45. Assists went to Trevor Lewis and Kyle Clifford.[1000 Firefighters Battle French Riviera Blazes As 12000 Evacuated]
There was no scoring in the first period, but the Kings had a couple of good opportunities on the first of their two power-play opportunities in the period. But Crawford was up to the challenge, stopping shots by Kyle Clifford and Alec Martinez.
Starting with those two shots, the Kings had five shots on goal over a period of 50 seconds.The Kings killed their only penalty of the period.[The Latest Pope Tells Migrants They Deserve To Be Welcomed]
The Kings outshot the Blackhawks 14-9 in the first 20 minutes.
The Kings next host the Calgary Flames on Monday night. They will honor Dustin Brown for playing in his franchise record-breaking 1,112th regular-season game this past Thursday. He surpassed Dave Taylor, who will also be part of the ceremony.[Passenger Dies After Being Partially Sucked Out Of Plane As Window Smashed]
Also Monday, Kings captain Anze Kopitar will play in his 1,000th career game for the Kings.
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