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Kings lose on road for second night in a row, falling to Seattle Kraken in overtime

Kings players, including Cal Petersen (40), react after the Kraken's Jordan Eberle (7) scored in overtime Nov. 19, 2022.
Kings players, including goalie Cal Petersen, react after the Kraken’s Jordan Eberle (7) scored in overtime Saturday night to give Seattle a 3-2 win. The Kings finished a four-game trip 1-2-1.
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Jordan Eberle scored at 2:23 of overtime to lift the Seattle Kraken to a 3-2 victory over the Kings on Saturday night.

Jared McCann and Daniel Sprong also scored for Seattle, which has played in three consecutive overtime games — winning the last two. Martin Jones had 27 saves to help the Kraken (10-5-3) improve to 7-1-1 in their last nine games.

“I think it’s important to play these games and feel comfortable,” Eberle said. “I think we’re doing a better job of that. You know, once you get into the postseason a lot of games are close. You have to feel comfortable in uncomfortable situations, and this is just a good test to do that.”

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Phillip Danault and Trevor Moore scored for the Kings (11-8-2), and Cal Petersen stopped 25 shots. The Kings, who lost 4-1 at Vancouver on Friday night, finished their four-game trip 1-2-1.

“Especially on a back-to-back, you obviously want to do everything you can to tighten it up and make it a hard-fought game and give us a chance down the stretch,” Petersen said. “We did go into overtime, but obviously disappointing not to get the extra point.”

Midway through the extra period, Eberle led a two-on-one breakaway and put his shot past Petersen for his fifth goal of the season. Eberle also had an assist in the game.

Blake Lizotte scored for the Kings, but they lost 4-1 to the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night and have lost two of three to begin a four-game trip.

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McCann opened the scoring 4:42 into the first period. Eberle’s backhand shot was kicked away by Petersen, with the puck going straight to McCann at the bottom of the right circle. He scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season and the 100th of his career.

“It was a different overtime tonight,” Kraken coach Dave Hakstol said. “We didn’t have the puck a whole lot, but we defended really well. We didn’t give up anything threatening. We took advantage of their defenseman diving in as we punched that puck past them, and that creates the odd-man situation.”

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The Kings tied the score with 1:08 left in the second period. Danault’s shot bounced up off Jones, who seemed to lose track of the puck. Danault rushed in and hit the puck out of the air for the goal.

Kings center Phillip Danault celebrates after he scored against the Seattle Kraken on Nov. 19, 2022.
Kings center Phillip Danault celebrates after he scored during the second period at Seattle.
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The teams traded goals on the same power play early in the third. Just 35 seconds into the period — and 15 seconds after the Kings’ Drew Doughty was called for hooking — Moore ended up on a short-handed breakaway and got the puck past Jones for his sixth goal to give the Kings a 2-1 lead.

It took just 18 seconds for Seattle to tie the score again, as Sprong was open on the left circle and buried the power-play goal for his third tally of the season.

Trevor Moore had a hat trick and the Kings bounced back by beating the struggling Edmonton Oilers 3-1 on Wednesday night.

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“That can really flip momentum. That can be a switch on the game, and the fact the next power-play group went out there and was able to answer was really important,” Hakstol said. “That was obviously a huge part of the game to get it back right away.”

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The Kraken had lost their first three overtime games this season before winning the last two. The Kings have won three of their five overtime games.

“I thought it was a really hard, heavy game for both teams,” Kings coach Todd McLellan said. “Really evenly played. We made the last mistake, and they capitalized on it.”

Notes

Kraken goalie Philipp Grubauer was active as the backup goalie one day after being activated off injured reserve. Grubauer missed 11 games because of a lower-body injury. This was the 100th game in Kraken franchise history.

Up next

Kings: Host the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.

Kraken: Host San Jose on Wednesday night.

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