Kings snap skid, beat Panthers on Kopitar’s goal
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