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Kings fall to Lightning in overtime

Kings center Anze Kopitar and Lightning defenseman Zach Bogosian battle for the puck.
Kings center Anze Kopitar, left, and Lightning defenseman Zach Bogosian battle for the puck during the first period.
(Chris O’Meara / Associated Press)

Mathieu Joseph scored with 1:35 left in overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-2 win over the Kings on Tuesday night.

Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy made 28 saves to win his 62nd game in 2021 regular-season and playoff games, tying Marc-Andre Fleury of Pittsburgh’s 2009 record for a calendar year.

Victor Hedman and Taylor Raddysh also scored for the Lightning. Steven Stamkos had an assist and moved within a point of becoming the 118th player to reach 900 points.

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The two-time Stanley Cup champion Lightning (7-4) have gone into overtime in 11 of 28 games this season.

“You get into overtime, at least, you’re bunching points,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. “Yes, we’ve been in a few this year, and we’ve been in more this year than we had all last year combined. Guys believe they can win games, especially in overtime.”

Drew Doughty and Viktor Arvidsson scored, and Jonathan Quick stopped 27 shots for the Kings. Doughty has 68 career power-play goals. Among Kings defensemen, only Rob Blake, with 92, has more. Anze Kopitar had an assist, moving him within one of tying Wayne Gretzky (672) for the second-most in Kings history.

“We came into the Stanley Cup champs building, we’re pretty short on the back end, we played a pretty solid 64 minutes and earned a point,” Kings coach Todd McLellan said. “Without sounding satisfied because we’re not, we came for two points, it was well-played solid game by us.”

The Kings are without key defensemen Alexander Edler and Sean Walker.

After both teams had several great scoring chances in overtime, Joseph had his shot from the right circle trickle past Quick.

Vasilevskiy stopped Kopitar on a breakaway earlier in overtime.

“Vazy has been huge for us in overtime and saved another one there tonight,” Raddysh said.

Quick made a nifty post-to-post save in the first on Ondrej Palat, and stopped Stamkos during breakaways in the second and third periods.

Vasilevskiy stymied Adrian Kempe on a breakaway in the game’s opening minute.

Arvidsson put the Kings up 2-1 when Matt Roy’s shot went off his back and past Vasilevskiy 30 seconds into the second.

Raddysh’s redirection made it 2-2 at 14:19 of the second.

Doughty scored a power-play goal midway through the first, before Hedman tied it on a delayed-penalty call with 1:59 left in the period.


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