A power play goal by Anze Kopitar at 7:28 of overtime gave the Kings a 3-2 win Saturday and a 1-1 tie in their series against the Vancouver Canucks, with Games 3 and 4 set for Monday and Wednesday nights at Staples Center.
It was a bang-bang, tic-tac-toe play: Jack Johnson with the fake shot, then pass to Drew Doughty, who passed it over to Kopitar. His initial shot was blocked, but Kopitar jumped on the rebound and fired it past Roberto Luongo.
What a turnaround for the Kings and goaltender Jonathan Quick. Remember, he came into his first playoff series and game on an eight-game losing streak and with all kinds of questions about both his confidence and competence.
What a difference two overtime games make: A terrific 41-save performance in Game 1 by Quick in that 3-2 loss, but the demons are exorcised with his great play. And tonight? He does what he did for the Kings for the better part of the season -- making key saves ay ket times and giving them a chance to win. They get to OT, where anything can happen, Quick makes the saves he needs to make, the Canucks take a penalty and the Kings capitalize -- finally! -- after going 1 for 5 on their previous six power-play attempts.
We have a series, folks, and, remember, I picked the Kings to win in six.
No word yet from the Kings regarding practice tomorrow. If they have one, probably in the late afternoon, we'll be there.