Not many people would have expected the Los Angeles Kings to march in and beat the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Not even the most optimistic Kings fan.
However, the Kings flew home 3-2 winners.
The Kings handed the Bruins just their second loss at home in a comeback effort.
After a strong first period that ended 0-0. The Kings fell 2-0 down after two periods. Penalty trouble once again punished the Kings. Boston scored once on a delayed penalty and again on the power play. Things looked bleak for the Kings, with the Bruins undefeated this season when leading after two periods and controlling play.
Just under 10 minutes into the period, Adrian Kempe opened the scoring for the Kings after moving back onto the first line with Kevin Fiala and Anze Kopitar. With three minutes left the Kings got a golden opportunity with a five-on-three power play. Fiala connected on a cross-ice pass to tee-up Kempe, who finished his second of the game.
Drew Doughty then took a penalty with just 40 seconds left. But the Kings were able to kill the penalty and earn a point.
The Kings then killed off the remaining 1:20 on the power play in overtime. And after a few back-and-forth chances, the game went to a shootout.
The first four shots of the shootout went in, before Linus Ullmark and Pheonix Copley shut the door. The next nine shooters were turned away before Trevor Moore, who signed a contract extension Thursday afternoon, called game.
It was the exact bounce-back performance the Kings needed after Tuesday's heavy loss. The team battled back and showed the fight that was missing Tuesday.
The biggest difference was Copley in net. The Kings have struggled to get solid goaltending all season and that changed Thursday. Copley finished with a .943 save percentage and 1.16 goals saved above expected. If the Kings can get more performances like that from their goalies, they'll win a lot more games.
The Kings return home on Saturday against the San Jose Sharks. Which kicks off a three-game homestand.