Kings fall in overtime against Senators – Orange County Register
Another night meant another one-goal game for the Kings as they lost to the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in overtime at Crypto.com Arena on Sunday, lifting the Kings to the top of the standings in terms of one-goal games play.
Of their 11 narrow-margin games, they won seven, tying them with five other franchises for the most one-goal wins.
Winger Arthur Kaliyev scored two power play goals and center Phillip Danault assisted on both goals. Jonathan Quick was the busiest goalkeeper, making 36 of 39 saves.
Wingers Brady Tkachuk, Alex DeBrincat and Claude Giroux each scored goals for Ottawa, with Tkachuk and Giroux also contributing an assist apiece. Forward Tim Stutzle added two assists. Cam Talbot stopped 25 shots.
Barely 20 seconds into overtime, Ottawa finished the job on a long, gallant pass from Stutzle to Giroux, who had squeezed in behind defenseman Drew Doughty. He finished a breakaway with a series of trick moves that included a fake shot and a forehand-backhand-forehand.
The third period ended in a scoreless draw with defender Sean Durzi’s deke, Jaret Anderson-Dolan’s breakaway and winger Viktor Arvidsson’s individual effort to create a scoring chance generating the most excitement for the Kings.
In the second period, the Sens nearly converted their second power play, which came from the Kings’ second penalty in the offensive zone. But Quick robbed Tkachuk from close range and got help from his position on a great opportunity for winger Drake Batherson.
Instead, it was the Kings who cashed in for the second time with the man advantage with 2:25 remaining in the stanza. Kaliyev again delivered with a snipe from the other side of the right circle. It was Kaliyev’s sixth goal on the power play, tying his tally for all of last season and his eighth goal overall.
The first half of the second period saw the Kings absorb the five-on-five game. Defender Sean Walker was rocked by winger Austin Watson, then a partial breakaway from winger Tyler Motte forced Quick and defender Drew Doughty into scramble mode against three successive shot attempts.
The positive momentum from the Kings’ first human advantage scorer proved fleeting as the equalizer lasted less than two minutes. Winger Kevin Fiala’s unruly roughing penalty sent the Sens to their first power play. Tkachuk acted as the set-up man as he drew defender Matt Roy towards him, then slipped a pass between Roy’s legs to DeBrincat, who narrowly beat Quick with a shot just inside the post for his sixth goal as a senator.
It was the second unit, which coach Todd McLellan hailed earlier today as essentially interchangeable with the top unit for the first time in his four-season tenure, that nurtured Kaliyev not for a , not for two, but for three punctual over time. of 70 seconds, the third of which logged 10:23 in the frame.
Ottawa has been one of the best teams in the NHL in terms of high-risk scoring chances, passes made into the slot and goals expected, despite their walking record. They showed more of that offensive potential in the first period, beating the Kings 19-8, generating seven very dangerous chances for both Kings and earning a 1-0 lead.
Just under five minutes into the game, the visitors opened the scoring. Defender Thomas Chabot’s shot ricocheted off defender Alex Edler and then off the boards before hitting Tkachuk, who beat Quick to score his ninth goal of the season. Tkachuk is no stranger to the doorstep, having tipped more pucks than any NHL player this year.
Ottawa nearly struck again when a puck played by Quick was intercepted by Motte, but Quick made a save several feet in front of the blue paint to calm the storm.
Remarks: Winger Gabe Vilardi missed Sunday’s game with an upper body injury and was replaced by Lias Andersson, who was sent to the minors on Saturday but recalled on Sunday to make his season debut… Defender Frederic Allard has also been recalled in favor of Jacob Moverare, who was involved in a fight during a minor league game on Saturday…Defender Brandt Clarke has completed his conditioning assignment and has also been recalled, although neither he nor Allard dressed on Sunday… Sunday’s coverage was reported remotely.
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