The Los Angeles Kings scored three goals in 87 seconds against one of the league’s best goaltenders in Pekka Rinne, but a meltdown by their own netminders kept them from a win.
The Los Angeles Kings took on the Nashville Predators Saturday in a match-up of Western Conference powerhouses. Coming into the contest the Predators were in a dogfight for top spot in the Central Division with the Chicago Blackhawks, while the Kings tried to inch closer to the Pacific-leading Anaheim Ducks.
The game was slated as a battle of the league’s best goaltenders with the Predators’ Pekka Rinne starting against the Kings’ Jonathan Quick, which theoretically meant that goals would be hard to come by, but that was not the case.
It was not a good night for either goalie, as Quick was yanked after allowing three goals on nine shots in just under ten minutes of play.
Rinne, who is having a stellar year between the posts for Nashville, wasn’t much better and fell victim to a Kings onslaught late in the game.
The Kings scored three goals – one a apiece from Dwight King, Marian Gaborik and Jeff Carter – on the Finnish netminder in 87 seconds to tie the game at six and push it into overtime.
Unfortunately for Los Angeles, Martin Jones was also off his game. Jones, who replaced Quick, allowed four goals on 16 shots, including a pretty weak game-winner to Roman Josi 18 seconds into overtime, spoiling what could have been a remarkable comeback.