Saturday, November 5, 2011
Kings lose in shootout, 3-2
By Dan Arritt
LOS ANGELES—The Kings ended one streak Saturday night but extended another.
Chris Kunitz scored the tying goal with 2:57 remaining in the game and put away the deciding goal in the shootout to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-2 victory against the Kings at Staples Center, extending their losing streak to four games.
It will come as no consolation, but the Kings finally scored at home after getting shut out the previous two games.
The top line of Anze Kopitar, Simon Gagne and Justin Williams combined for both goals and Kopitar scored the only goal of the shootout for the Kings.
Gagne gave the Kings a 2-1 lead with 6:11 remaining in the game. Williams dug the puck out along the boards, passed to Kopitar down low and he spotted Gagne unmarked near the right post. Kopitar’s pass was picture-perfect and Gagne hit the net for the Kings first lead.
Williams and Kopitar hooked up for the other goal, giving the Kings their first goal at home in seven-plus periods. The goal came with 6:26 left in the second and tied the score, 1-1.
Steve Sullivan had given the Penguins a 1-0 lead in the first period, scoring his first goal of the season on the power play. The Kings had just killed a lengthy 5-on-3 before Sullivan’s goal.
Mike Richards had a chance to give the Kings their first lead when he was awarded a penalty shot following a short-handed breakaway with 9:30 left. Richards, who was taken down from behind by defenseman Kris Letang, shot wide on the attempt, however, leaving the Kings 15 for 47 in penalty shots in franchise history.
Less than a minute after the Kings had a goal waived off for using a high stick, Pittsburgh tied the score with 2:57 remaining when Kunitz carried the puck out from behind the net and beat goalie Jonathan Quick before he could get back in position.