The downtown sky cleared up Saturday in time for the Kings to unveil a 50th anniversary monument outside Staples Center, a ceremony initially postponed because of rain.
Inside the building, there seemed to be a timely opening for the Kings: The Chicago Blackhawks were on their second game in 48 hours, without injured captain Jonathan Toews and with backup goalie Scott Darling in net. Helping the Kings cause was wing Marian Gaborik in his season debut.
And so it happened that Jeff Carter scored 66 seconds into overtime, just after a Chicago penalty expired, to give the Kings a 2-1 win and stretch their winning streak to five games.
Carter zipped a wrist shot from the left...