Kopitar leads Kings in OT thriller, ties series 1-1

The Los Angeles Kings survived a tough Game 2 in Edmonton. Kopitar scores in overtime to tie the series. Game 3 is set for Friday night in Los Angeles.

EDMONTON, Alberta —  Captain Anze Kopitar scored two minutes into overtime Wednesday night, giving the Kings at 5-4 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place.

The victory ties the best-of-seven series at 1-1 as the series moves to Los Angeles for Game 3 Friday and Game 4 Sunday.

In the first game of the series, the Kings suffered a meltdown. However, they made a strong start in the second game, with Adrian Kempe scoring the first two goals, both assisted by Kopitar.

This helped the King, keep the Oilers at bay for the first period. The Oilers’ Brett Kulak did manage to score, reducing the lead to 2-1. But soon after, Drew Doughty scored and expanded the lead to 3-1.

The Kings seemed to lose control in the second period. Within the first ten minutes of the period, the Oilers scored twice in less than three minutes and tying the game at 3-3.

The first goal was scored by Dylan Holloway, who weaving past defenders and took a shot that sailed past Kings goalie Cam Talbot. The Kings were caught off guard by the Oilers’ surge of energy from the Oilers and struggled to keep up. Zach Hyman followed with his fourth goal of the series.

At the start of the third period, Kevin Fiala scored less than two minutes in, giving the Kings a 4-3 lead. But Holloway scored two minutes later, forging a 4-4 tie.

That led to Kopitar’s game-winning goal 2:07 into overtime.