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Kings battle back but fall to Panthers, 3-2

Kings battle back but fall to Panthers, 3-2

The Kings began a stretch Saturday that will see them play seven times in 11 days, with all but one of those games coming against playoff contenders.

That’s a span that could go a long way toward determining the team’s own postseason future. But it’s one that got off to a bad start with Aleksander Barkov’s tiebreaking goal 15 seconds into the third period that lifted the Florida Panthers to a 3-2 win and keeping the Kings two points back Calgary in the race for the Western Conference’s final playoff berth.

“We’re trying to make the playoffs here. Every point counts,” said Tanner Pearson, whose second-period goal capped a Kings rally from a 2-0 deficit. “We did a good...

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