LOS ANGELES – Kings interim coach Willie Desjardins referred to the Boston Bruins as a “high-close team” at the Saturday morning skate in advance of the teams’ recreation at Staples Heart.
Certainly, the Bruins are that. But the Kings, who are having difficulties to continue to be alive in the race for a playoff berth, took them to additional time a week previously in Boston.
That could have supplied the Kings some assurance.
The Kings did not engage in inadequately, but Charlie McAvoy’s third goal of period at 18:47 of the third interval helped give the Bruins a 4-2 victory in excess of the Kings at Staples Heart. Patrice Bergeron place the icing on the cake when he scored at 19:23.
Kings forward Alex Iafallo experienced tied the recreation 2-2 at the 15:37 mark.
Boston (34-17-8, 76 factors) has now gained 5 consecutive video games and 7 of eight.
The Kings (23-29-6, 52 factors) have misplaced 4 in a row and continue to be eight factors out of a playoff berth.
Boston goalie Tuukka Rask might have been the change. He produced numerous great will save, one of them certainly impressive.
Jake DeBrusk acquired Boston on the scoreboard early, at 5:31 of the very first interval, when he scored his 17th goal of the period. Linemate Peter Cehlarik took management of the puck in the neutral zone, skated into the offensive zone and produced a sweet pass to DeBrusk, who defeat goalie Jack Campbell. Campbell, the backup, was in there for the reason that Jonathan Rapid was ill.
David Krejci experienced the other guide.
After the puck went into the net, the amount of cheering produced it apparent there have been loads of Boston lovers in the making.
Every single workforce experienced eight pictures on goal in the very first 20 minutes. The Kings experienced a pair of fantastic likelihood, but couldn’t get one previous Rask.
Kings rookie defenseman Matt Roy produced his NHL debut in the interval.
Ilya Kovalchuk acquired the Kings even at 10:37 of the 2nd interval when he scored a electric power-engage in goal from the best of the remaining face-off circle. Followers have been chanting “Shoot, shoot,” when it appeared the Kings may possibly be passing much too a great deal.
Just then, Kovalchuk pulled the cause and shot the puck previous Rask. Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty experienced the helps. It was goal No. 12 for Kovalchuk.
Boston took a 2-1 direct on Brad Marchand’s 23rd of the period at 16:15 of the interval. Patrick Bergeron gained a face-off in the appropriate circle, the puck went to Marchand, who fired it previous Campbell.
Every single workforce experienced a player get a breakaway and a shot at a small-handed goal in the interval. But Kopitar was stopped from up shut and individual by Rask, and Chris Wagner was similarly turned absent by Campbell.
Rask also experienced an acrobatic preserve on a shot by Kings forward Alex Iafallo that possible would have gotten previous numerous some others. But Rask, on his again, produced the preserve with a lifted appropriate leg pad.
Undaunted, Iafallo tied the score 2-2 off a rebound at 15:37. It was No. 12 for Iafallo. Paul LaDue and Adrian Kempe experienced the helps.
This was a again-to-again for the Bruins, as they have been coming off a 3- victory Friday at Anaheim.
As for Rapid, he was at the arena but was sent property soon after getting cure from the team’s health-related staff members, according to the Kings.