Kopitar scores SO goal as Kings beat Lightning
Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles
“That felt great,” Quick said. “(Friday’s) game was a rough one, so it was great to see the way the team battled back the night after on the road. Everyone just dug in deep and played a great game.”
Doughty put the
Tampa Bay had a goal with 1:40 left in overtime disallowed because of goaltender interference. It appeared that Tampa Bay forward
“I was going to the net to try and get into the goalie’s eyes there with a screen,” Szczechura said. “I got pushed in there.”
Tampa Bay coach Rick Tocchet believed it should have been a goal.
“There’s nothing you can do. It happens,” Tocchet said. “We had a couple chances in overtime, but it’s a tough one.”
The call by referee Frederick L’Ecuyer wasn’t allowed to be reviewed by video replay.
“In the eyes of the referee, the goaltender was clearly interfered with by the attacking player,” NHL referee supervisor Don Koharski said.
Quick stopped all eight first-period shots he faced, including an in-close chance by
“I think it’s a huge lift for him, personally,” Los Angeles captain
Niittymaki made a nifty glove save on a shot by NHL points leader Kopitar from near the crease just over a minute into the second. Kopitar assisted on Doughty’s goal for his 17th assist and 31st point.
“I think everybody was just competing a lot harder,” Kopitar said. “We were winning loose puck battles and everybody played for each other.”
Both teams had 18 shots through two scoreless periods.
“The biggest thing is just moving forward and building off this win here,” Quick said.
NOTES: Slovakia national team GM