Kings rally to take down Senators in OT, 4-3

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Los Angeles overcame a third-period deficit to force OT and get the job done.

LOS ANGELES — The Kings looked to rebound on Thursday night as they came off of a tough overtime loss at the hands of the Canucks. Hosting the Senators, the first period did not go their way. The only score in the first 20 minutes came from Ottawa’s Dominik Kubalik, who scored his 10th goal of the season to get the scoring started and give the Senators the early advantage. In the second, Quinton Byfield would strike first to tie the game at 1 for Los Angeles. The tie was short-lived, however, as just 15 seconds later Brady Tkachuk would give the Senators a 2-1 lead.

The Kings headed to the third and final frame needing to come from behind if they were to find a win. About halfway through the period, Pierre-Luc Dubois found the game-tying score for Los Angeles in the clutch. About 2 minutes later, Jacob Moverare scored his very first goal of the season (and his career) to give the Kings their first lead of the game and send Cryto.com Arena into a frenzy. Nonetheless, Ottawa would not go down without a fight. Drake Batherson delivered to tie the game with about 5 minutes left in regulation and sent the game to overtime. In the extra session, it would ultimately be Kevin Fiala to deliver the dagger goal and give the Kings a dramatic 4-3 win.

Here are three takeaways from the game:

Moverare’s first career goal is a huge one

If there was ever a proper time for Jacob Moverare to score his first career goal, he certainly picked a good one. The Kings 2016 fourth-round draft pick was appearing in just his 11th game of the season, and had not scored yet in his NHL life. With the Kings and Senators even at 2 amidst an intense third period, he was able to deliver a key goal that gave Los Angeles their first lead of the night.

He received credit for the goal, which found its way into the net after bouncing off of Senators’ center Tim Stutzle’s stick. Moverare was fresh off of signing a 2-year contract extension with Los Angeles on March 6 and perhaps had some extra motivation to leave his mark against Ottawa. It was just the 32nd game of his career so far, as he’s spent a lot of his time in the minor leagues. After the game, he spoke regarding the moment and what it meant to him.

It was a special moment for the youngster, and it also helped the Kings as they were eventually able to come out on top with an exciting victory.

Kopitar contributes with 2 timely assists

Captain Anze Kopitar made sure that he was going to be involved in the action when it mattered most on Thursday evening. After a quiet first two periods in which the Kings had fallen behind 2-1, Kopitar contributed 2 huge assists in the third period on back-to-back goals. The first came on Pierre-Luc Dubois’ 14th score of the season, which helped Los Angeles to get even at 2.

He was also credited with the assist on Jacob Moverare’s clutch lead-taking goal that ended up being a much-needed cushion. Kopitar is now up to 35 assists on the season and is just 1 behind Kevin Fiala for the team lead. He continues to be one of the key leaders on a Los Angeles squad that will lean on his experience come playoff time. His 2 assists were big in the win as the team crept within 3 points of the Oilers for second place in the Pacific Division.

Kevin Fiala seals the deal as Kings get OT revenge

After the Kings overtime loss against the Canucks on Tuesday, their OT record dropped to 4-11 on the season. This has been one area that Los Angeles has not had any answer for, and their extra-time struggles have hurt them all season long. As the buzzer sounded at the end of regulation with the game tied at 3 in downtown Los Angeles, the Kings knew that they were going to have to face another dreaded overtime period for the second consecutive game. This time, however, things were different. Kevin Fiala was able to deliver an incredible game-winning shot exactly 2 minutes into the extra session to send everyone home happy.

While it was just the team’s 5th overtime win in 16 tries this season, it was a step in the right direction and a clutch victory. Fiala knocked in his 20th of the season on a ridiculous spinning shot from 8 feet away that gifted the Kings win number 32. It was a great bounce-back win as Los Angeles stayed hot, now having won three out of their last 4 contests.

They will have a chance to keep the momentum rolling on Saturday night as they welcome the Dallas Stars to town for what should be an electric battle. Dallas is currently atop their division with 38 wins and 85 total points, which is good for the fourth-most in the NHL.

The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. PT.