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Recap: It’s the Quick and the Kempe

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Epic goalie duel ends with an Adrian Kempe snipe in overtime...

Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

111-Word Recap

Something had to give Saturday afternoon at Staples Center as the New Jersey Devils and the Los Angeles Kings—two of the NHL’s bottom six teams—were jockeying for ping pong balls in the Alexis Lafrenière Sweepstakes. Neither could pull away from each other and they daydreamed about the 6’1” phenom flying down their respective left wings. Meanwhile Jonathan Quick and Mackenzie Blackwood were locked in an old-fashioned goalie duel with each only allowing a goal apiece against 69 shots through the end of regulation. Just 1:58 into overtime, Adrian Kempe decided enough is enough and buried the game winner top shelf as the Kings skated off with a 2-1 win.

Game Notes

Stars of the Game—Kempe (1st), Quick (2nd), Blackwood (3rd)… The Kings won after trailing at the end of the first period for the first time this season (1-22-1)… Jeff Carter (lower-body injury) missed his fifth straight game… Blackwood is 7-0-2 in his last nine games but had his six-game winning streak broken… He made 36 saves while Quick had 32 saves… Devils tallied a point in their fifth straight game… The Kings are 3-1-1 during their five-game homestand and 5-2-1 in their past eight… Dustin Brown had the tying goal and assisted on the game winner which was Kempe’s 100th career point… Kempe’s 11th goal of the season ended an 18-game goal scoring drought… Nikita Gusev’s assist on the Devil’s lone goal extended his point streak to five games (2G / 6A)…Kings D Mikey Anderson played 18:59 in his NHL debut against his older brother F Joey Anderson of the Devils… The Kings are now 2-0-0 in their Stadium Series jerseys and one-of-a-kind chrome helmets...

Up Next: The Kings travel to T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas to take on the Golden Knights this evening.

Highlights

Devils 1. Kings 0.

7:19 / 1st Period: Jesper Bratt (15) from Nikita Gusev (29)

Devils 1. Kings 1.

Dustin Brown (14) from Anze Kopita (39) and Alex Iafallo (23)

The Duel is On!

Vintage Quick

Kings 2. Devils 1.

1:58 / Overtime: Adrian Kempe (11) from Blake Lizotte (17) and Dustin Brown (16)

Quotables

The Alexis Lafrenière Sweepstakes

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