FINAL – Kings 2, Kraken 3 (OT) – Petersen, Edler, McLellan
The LA Kings battled to earn a point on the road, but fell in overtime in a 3-2 final against the Seattle Kraken on Saturday evening at the Climate Pledge Arena.
Forward Phillip Danault led the way with a multi-point night, while forward Trevor Moore also scored in the loss. Kings goaltender Cal Petersen made 26 saves between the pipes.
The Kraken took a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes with the only goal of the first period. Forward Jordan Eberle drove into the net off the rush and his backhand effort was denied by Petersen, but the rebound went to forward Jared McCann, who fired in from the right circle.
It took almost the entire second period, but the Kings tied the game at one with just 68 seconds left in the half. After several plays to keep the puck alive in the offensive zone, forward Viktor Arvidsson turned and fed Danault in the slot, where his first-time effort was stopped, but he waited until the rebound fell under the crossbar to hit it home to tie the score. game with his sixth goal of the season.
The Kings took their first lead of the night just 35 seconds into the third period with their first shorthanded goal of the season. Quick decisions by Matt Roy and Danault sent Trevor Moore on a solo breakaway. The California native finished high on the blockers side with his sixth goal of the season and his NHL-leading sixth goal in shortstop over the last two seasons.
Seattle rallied back, however, to tie the game at two on the same power play. Forward Daniel Sprong found himself alone in the left circle and beat Petersen through the five-hole to tie the game just 18 seconds after Moore’s goal. Spron’s goal was his third of the 2022-23 season.
After the teams played the final 19 minutes or so of the third period without a goal, the game went into overtime tied at two goals apiece, with both teams likely deserving of the point. Forward Jordan Eberle led a 2-on-1 run on the counterattack, against tiring skaters, and buried it from the left circle to give the home team a 3-2 win.
Hear from Petersen, defenseman Alex Edler and head coach Todd McLellan after tonight’s game.
On the elements of battle and grinding shown tonight to get a point, on a night that wasn’t the cleanest
Yes, it was a battle from start to finish. They are a very fast team, they come hard, they don’t give you much time or space. I think we played well, but it was one of those games that went into overtime and got an extra point.
By reuniting in a defensive pairing with Matt Roy
I just think playing with Royzie is easy. It’s solid, it’s easy to read, and it makes my job easier.
On his involvement in Phil Danault’s second-period goal
We were at [offensive zone] for a little bit so you want to try to keep it in there if you can so they can’t switch. You get tired playing in your own end, so I just tried to keep the puck in the zone.
If you notice that fatigue enters the group a little late
I don’t know, maybe, but we don’t think about anything. All teams in this league go through stretches with many games. Being tired is never an excuse in this league. Whether it’s a back-to-back or you’ve played a lot of games lately, you’ve got to come out and fight and run your system. Good teams win, even play back to back or play a lot of games.
By getting a point from a game that wasn’t the cleanest
Yes, it wasn’t the cleanest because the other team sometimes gets in the way, they played really hard. I thought it was a very hard and heavy game for both teams, even. We made the last mistake and they took advantage of it. To get a point in a back-to-back game, especially coming from behind, we’ll take it. It was a rough night.
To the Alex Edler / Matt Roy pairing tonight
Size, game management skills, poise. These two are very good players, they defend very well. I thought Alex Edler had a tremendous night, especially his back, and Matt Roy played his typical game. That couple was very solid.
On whether he felt the team got what it wanted in terms of adjustments to the forward lines
I think we did. Still, we’re creating chances and we’re not finishing, but we expected a lot of goals at the start of the year, they were coming in for us. The number of chances we created last night in Vancouver and tonight, if we keep doing that, it’s going to go our way.
To Cal Petersen tonight, and keeping the game 1-0 until the Kings could come back
I thought both goalies played well. Cal made some tremendous saves, Jones held them when the mistakes went against them. The two goalkeepers did what they had to do, which is why the game went to extra time in a game with few goals and a lot of fighting.
If he feels that elements of fatigue could be creeping into the Kings’ overall game
Yeah, we’re getting it right now, but there are other teams that are 10 days behind us, they’re going to get it at some point and we’ve got to play them, so we’ve got to take advantage of that. In the end, we all play 82 games, it’s how it disperses, when it disperses and where. There will be times when some teams are tired and others fresh. Getting a point in that situation was good for us. I thought we really needed to dig deeper to get that point across. We will rest tomorrow and then prepare for another tough week.
– Phillip Danault picked up his fourth multi-point game of the season with a goal and an assist tonight.
– Trevor Moore scored his seventh goal of the season and his fourth goal in the last three games of the third period. Moore’s goal was a shorthanded tally, the eighth of his NHL career. No NHL player has scored more SHG over the past two seasons than Moore (6).
– Viktor Arvidsson (0-1=1) had his 11th assist of the year and has five points (0-5-5) in his last four games played.
– Matt Roy (0-1=1) recorded his ninth point of the season.
– Jacob Moverare made his season debut and led the team in shots on goal with five as he logged 13:45 of ice time.
*McLellan shared that Sean Durzi, who missed the game with an upper-body injury, is day-to-day. McLellan doesn’t think the injury is “major,” but will be reevaluated tomorrow.
The Kings have a full day off for the team tomorrow, after the trip home from Seattle. The team is scheduled to return to the ice for practice Monday morning at 11 a.m. from the Toyota Sports Performance Center.
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