After Peter Budaj did all the hard work for three periods in Pittsburgh, Phil Kessel broke his stick and Nick Bonino whiffed on Alec Martinez deep in the offensive zone. That led to a 3-on-1, and Tyler Toffoli took it from there. The Penguins' seven-game winning streak came to an end, while the Kings got their sixth OT win (and their second over Pittsburgh) this year.
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The guy who will probably lead the Kings in goals got LA's season off to a flying start, scoring on a power play less than two minutes into the game to give LA a 1-0 lead. As with every time Tyler Toffoli scores on Martin Jones, we can only assume Toffoli felt a pang of sadness as he celebrated. (Video courtesy of NBC Sports)
28 years ago, the biggest trade in NHL history occurred, sending the Great One to California and sending the hockey world into chaos. It's always interesting to hear the man himself discuss his move down from Edmonton, and Wayne Gretzky was interviewed yesterday on the anniversary of his deal. Gretzky describes his decision to choose LA over Detroit (!) and Philadelphia, and how he wondered what he'd gotten himself into after only 9,000 people showed up to his first game in Los Angeles. Needless to say, it worked out pretty well, as Gretzky broke a number of all-time records in LA and led the Kings to their first Stanley Cup Final. He says it best: "I loved every minute."
The whole interview is worth a watch above.
A huge hit by Dustin Brown set up Tanner Pearson for some overtime heroics against the San Jose Sharks. Pearson, who had already scored two OT goals on the road in 2016, wristed one between the legs of Martin Jones 3:47 into overtime. LA would have been all but buried (yes, we know about 2014) had they lost this one; instead, Pearson's first goal and third point of the playoffs puts the Kings in a position to even up the series on Wednesday.
Justin Williams made his first trip back to Staples Center since leaving for the Capitals as an unrestricted free agent last July. The Kings honored him with this tribute video.
Mike Richards made his first trip back to Staples Center since having his contract terminated by the Kings last June, and the Kings honored him with a tribute video.
Tyler Toffoli put the LA Kings up early and put the game on ice early in the third. Then, on a late power play, the Kings tried to get #73 his third goal... and succeeded. The Kings won, 5-0.
(highlights via Kings Vision)
We've seen Jonathan Quick attempt to make a save behind his own back before, but usually it smacks of desperation. This time, it kind of looked like he knew exactly what he was doing. Makes sense; Quick is in fine form, carrying a .938 save percentage over his last eight games. Tonight's 40-of-42 session was enough to help LA squeak by the Penguins in OT.
And how casual is Quick's reaction after?
After the Panthers' Bjugstad squeaks in a goal at the end of the 1st period, the Kings dominate the 2nd period. Carter ties the game with a nice pass from Toffoli. (Video via NHL.com)