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Kopitar has hat trick, Pearson scores in overtime in Kings' 5-4 win over Rangers

Kopitar has hat trick, Pearson scores in overtime in Kings' 5-4 win over Rangers

The goalie who returned from the abyss. The usually reliable star player who struggled in his last game and responded with a hat trick. Or the youngster who had been a healthy scratch the last two games getting the winner in overtime.

Yes, the Kings had three compelling story lines working together Friday night, resulting in a 5-4 overtime victory over the New York Rangers on Tanner Pearson's goal at 3:10.

Kings goaltender Peter Budaj, who couldn't win at the American Hockey League level last season, won his first regular-season game in the NHL since April 4, 2014, against Ottawa when he was with Montreal.

"Madison Square Garden. Friday night. L.A. Kings vs....

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