Despite starting the game much like the others on the losing streak, the Kings, this time, rallied to beat the New York Rangers by a score of 4-3.
Unfortunately, the win was not all good with the Kings. Going into the game, goaltender Jonathan Quick was put on injured reserve for the second time this season.
Quick back to the IR; Brown returns
With Quick on the IR again, it means means Jack Campbell will need to step up in his absence once more.
Quick on the IR also allowed the Kings to make another roster move.
The Kings activated forward Dustin Brown who missed the teams first 10 games with a broken finger. He made an immediate impact in this game.
With the game a period old and the score 2-0 in favor of the Rangers, it looked like much of the same for the Kings. This is where Brown stepped up for LA.
Brown & Kovalchuck provide offense
With a power play opportunity, Brown went towards the front of the net and potted a rebound after an Ilya Kovalchuk shot. Brown’s goal seemed to open the floodgates.
The Kings scored another power play goal and took their first lead of the game late in the third period.
Brown was all over the ice, leading the team in hits with seven and in ice time with 22 minutes. Going forward, if his play continues at this level, perhaps the Kings season will turnaround.
The Kings third period lead did not last, however. The Rangers’ Ryan Spooner scored the tying goal on a sequence that found the Kings chasing the puck before Campbell was beat.
With overtime looming, the Kings sent everyone home happy as defensemen Alec Martinez beat Rangers goaltender Henry Lundqvist for the game-winning goal.
Alongside Brown, the best player on the ice Illya Kovalchuk who scored the second goal and tallied two assists to boot. If Kovalchuk catches fire during the rest of this homestand, then the offense may find its groove.
The Kings get some much needed rest and are off until Thursday. Hopefully their win gives the team some much needed confidence and they can start playing to their potential.