WASHINGTON -- Conventional wisdom says a team playing the second game of a back-to-back sequence should tire as the second game progresses.
So much for conventional wisdom.
The Kings had taken a 4-3 lead on third-period goals by
The Kings and Capitals had gone to a shootout on March 20 at
The Kings have won seven straight road games and will finish this trip Thursday at Pittsburgh.
Overall, the Kings (42-25-6) have won four straight games.
Quick yielded two power-play goals to Ovechkin in the first period and a goal to former teammate
Before the game, Kings Coach
Kings winger Tanner Pearson was serving a tripping penalty when Ovechkin and the Capitals scored the game’s first goal. Ovechkin set up along the left-wing boards and put the puck on net; Nicklas
The Kings gained a power play when
Richards was on his backhand when he pounced on the rebound of Martinez's shot and earned his 11th goal this season. The Capitals, however, scored the game's first even-strength goal at 17:18, when Martinez couldn't clear a loose puck and instead put it on Penner's stick, and Penner didn't miss.
The Kings applied considerable pressure early in the third period, resulting in Dwight King's goal 45 seconds into the period. He was going to the net for a rebound or deflection of Brown's shot, and King was able to get behind the Capitals' defense and poke the puck past Halak.
A few minutes later, King beat Halak again but hit the post.
But the Kings’ persistence paid off when they pulled even at 8:41 of the third. Defenseman
It felt almost inevitable that the Kings would take the lead, and they did, at 12:55. Washington won a faceoff in its own zone but defenseman Patrick Wey fumbled the puck and it was picked up by
But Kuznetsov provided the last-minute dramatics that sent the game to overtime, and, eventually, the shootout.