Kings snap skid, beat Pan­thers on Ko­pi­tar’s goal

The Pak Banker - - International3 -

LOS AN­GE­LES: Anze Ko­pi­tar scored the tiebreak­ing goal on a re­bound with 2:43 to play, and the Los An­ge­les Kings snapped a four-game los­ing streak with a 3-2 vic­tory over the Florida Pan­thers on Thurs­day night.

Peter Har­rold tied it early in the third pe­riod for the Kings, who ral­lied late for just their sec­ond vic­tory in nine games. Jonathan Quick made 24 saves in the Kings' sixth con­sec­u­tive win over the Pan­thers since Nov. 27, 2002.

Jar­ret Stoll also scored for the Kings, who fell from first place to 11th in the Western Con­fer­ence stand­ings dur­ing their skid.

Michal Repik and David Booth scored for the Pan­thers, who have lost five of six. To­mas Vok­oun stopped 21 shots, but Florida lost for just the sec­ond time in 10 games this sea­son when lead­ing af­ter two pe­ri­ods.

Los An­ge­les went ahead when Michal Handzus forced a turnover in Florida's zone af­ter los­ing a face­off. Cap­tain Dustin Brown fired a wild shot at Vok­oun be­fore Ko­pi­tar back­handed the re­bound un­der the goalie for his ninth goal of the sea­son.

The Kings held a play­er­sonly meet­ing af­ter Wed­nes­day's prac­tice. -Afp

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