The effort displayed by an exhausted-looking Anze Kopitar leading up to his goal in overtime Friday against Minnesota was impressive, even for veteran Kopitar watchers.
But Kings left wing Tanner Pearson helped make it possible with a savvy play, showing poise and patience as he held on to the puck long enough for teammate defenseman Jake Muzzin to get back onside.
"I was more worried about anyone behind me," Pearson said. "I didn't know where Kopi was either. He could have been offside as well. All I saw was Muzz in front of me, so I just waited till he got onside.
"Everyone was praying — I know I was — that Kopi would at least hit the...