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Monday, January 20th
(All times Eastern)
Los Angeles Kings (29-14-6) at Boston Bruins (30-15-3), 3 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - A controversial goal led to the Los Angeles Kings having
a two-game win streak halted on Saturday, but the club will try to bounce back
on Monday afternoon when they visit the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.
The Kings had won two straight and three of four before dropping a 3-2
shootout decision in Detroit on Saturday. Los Angeles held a 2-1 lead over the
Red Wings heading into the final minute of regulation, but the hosts received
a bit of luck to even the score with 26.1 seconds left.
Niklas Kronwall was credited with the strange power-play goal, as his
deflected shot bounced off the netting behind the Los Angeles goal and struck
Kings netminder Jonathan Quick in the back before trickling in the net to even
the score at 2-2.
The goal was upheld following a video review, with the NHL releasing a
statement afterward explaining that the play was not reviewable. Needless to
say, Kings head coach Darryl Sutter was not pleased with the decision.
"That's embarrassing for the league," said Sutter. "It doesn't matter if we'd
have scored, or if they had scored it. That's embarrassing."
Tomas Tatar eventually won the game for Detroit by scoring the lone goal of
Mike Richards and Jeff Carter both scored on the power play for the Kings,
while Quick stopped 33 shots in defeat. Carter's goal handed L.A. a 2-1 lead
with 2:15 left in the third, a little less than two minutes before Kronwall's
The shootout loss dropped L.A. to 1-0-1 at the start of a five-game road trip.
The Kings will continue the swing Tuesday against Columbus before capping it
Thursday versus Anaheim in the opener of a home-and-home series.
The Bruins have lost two of three and four of their last six games to fall
into a tie with Tampa Bay for first place in the Atlantic Division. Boston has
played two fewer games than the Lightning, however, and the Bruins will use
one of those games in hand on Monday.
Boston was able to pick up a point in Sunday's shootout loss at Chicago, as
the Bruins and Blackhawks met in a rematch of last season's Stanley Cup
Finals. Chicago, which won the playoff battle in six games, took Sunday's
contest after last spring's Conn Smythe winner Patrick Kane scored the winner
in the shootout.
On the final attempt of the shootout, Kane skated down the middle and slowed
up before picking his shot and burying a wrister past Tuukka Rask for the win.
Brad Marchand scored both goals for the Bruins, while Rask made 35 stops in
"We played really well today," said Marchand. "There's a few opportunities
we'd like to have back, for sure, but I thought we had a very good chance to
win in a tough place to play against a great team."
Boston hopes to get back in the win column today on home ice, where it is
18-5-2 this season compared to a 12-10-1 record on the road.
The Kings have won six of the last eight meetings with Boston, although four
of those wins came after regulation. L.A. had won four straight in Beantown
before the Bruins posted a 3-0 victory on Dec. 13, 2011 in the last meeting
between the clubs at TD Garden.
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