The sequence was kick-started by
It came 1 minute 36 seconds into the extra period and improved the Kings to 9-1 in three-on-three overtimes.
“[Kopitar] is the guy that really makes the play,” Kings forward
For the second straight game, the Kings (22-17-4) welcomed a team searching for stability in net. Jets (20-22-4) goaltender Connor Hellebuyck was pulled from his second consecutive start in a 4-3 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Friday night. That led Coach Paul Maurice to start Hutchinson and his 4-9-2 record, 3.19 goals against average and 89.3 save percentage in 18 appearances.
The start of the game mirrored those statistics, as it took just 3:19 for the Kings to get the puck past Hutchinson. Kopitar found space along the boards and found a waiting
But that was the Kings’ only goal on 15 first-period shots. They also hit the post three times — Muzzin nearly buried another left-wing slap shot, Nic Dowd rocketed one off the crossbar and
The Jets did that toward the end of an uneventful second period. Brown went to the penalty box for hooking and
Early in the third period, the Kings gave Winnipeg back-to-back power-play opportunities. They killed the first but were not so successful on the second. A
He would not leave the arena doing the same. Neither would his teammates or the Kings fans. They all had Kopitar, Muzzin and, ultimately, Carter to thank.
"There are things that we do, but obviously you got to score," Sutter said of the Kings' success in overtime. "Jeff Carter has been pretty good at it."