Final: Kings 4, Bruins 3 (SO)

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The Bruins, down 3-0 in tonight’s second period to Los Angeles at TD Garden, rallied for three straight goals to send the game into overtime. At 13:44 of the third period, Patrice Bergeron scored a power-play goal to tie the game at 3-3.

In the shootout, Michal Handzus gave the Kings the 4-3 win by scoring the only goal.


After Jarrett Stoll gave the Kings a 3-0 lead at 2:50 of the second, the Bruins stormed back with two straight strikes. Jonathan Quick, brilliant in the first (14 saves), sprung a rare leak on Boston’s first goal. Blake Wheeler threw a bad-angle shot on goal that dribbled through Quick at 4:30 of the second.

Then at 11:57, during a delayed penalty on the Kings, Gregory Campbell made it a one-goal game. Quick got in front of a Shawn Thornton slap shot, but Campbell won the race for the rebound and lifted a shot over the goalie to cut LA’s lead to 3-2.

Less than a minute later, Stoll had a point-blank shot in front. But Tim Thomas made his best save of the night when he gloved Stoll’s shot, keeping it a 3-2 score.

The Kings struck twice in the first period to take a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes. Brad Richardson gave his club a 1-0 advantage when he snapped a shot over Tim Thomas’s glove 44 seconds into the game.

Then at 11:17, the Kings doubled their lead. Bergeron stepped in front of a Davis Drewiske shot, but Michal Handzus corraled the rebound and beat Thomas.

Before each Los Angeles goal, Quick made Grade-A stops. In the game’s first minute, Quick threw out his blocker to get a piece of Michael Ryder’s shot from the slot. Later on the same shift, Richardson scored LA’s first goal.


Later in the first, while the Bruins were on the power play, the former UMass netminder stopped a David Krejci attempt. Quick then regained his positioning to stop Nathan Horton’s followup bid. At the other end, Handzus scored the Kings’ second goal.

5:00 OT: 3-3
Shootout time. Nathan Horton and Zdeno Chara with the best chances.

4:30 OT: 3-3
Linesman Steve Miller slow to his skates after being hit in the head.

20:00 3d period: 3-3
Overtime. Bruins wipe out a 3-0 deficit to claim at least one point.

16:17 3d period: 3-3
Mark Recchi off for hooking.

13:44 3d period: 3-3
Patrice Bergeron ties the game with a PPG. Good feed by Blake Wheeler to set up Bergeron in the slot.

8:36 3d period: Kings 3-2
LA timeout.

6:18 3d period: Kings 3-2
Great chance in front for Blake Wheeler, but Jonathan Quick is there to stop the shot. Clever feed by Tyler Seguin.

20:00 2d period: Kings 3-2
Bruins will start the third with 40 seconds of PP time. Should be a fun final frame.

17:32 2d period: Kings 3-2
Selfish cross-checking penalty by Milan Lucic. Goes after Drew Doughty. Mild bump but still uncalled for.

12:24 2d period: Kings 3-2
Robbery by Tim Thomas on Jarrett Stoll’s point-blank chance in front. Save of the night by Thomas.

11:57 2d period: Kings 3-2
During a delayed penalty, Gregory Campbell cuts the LA lead to one. Jonathan Quick stops a Shawn Thornton shot, but Campbell gets the rebound and goes upstairs. Good work by the Bruins to keep the cycle going, with Zdeno Chara going down during part of the shift.


4:30 2d period: Kings 3-1
Jonathan Quick springs a leak, as Blake Wheeler puts a bad-angle goal behind the LA goalie.

2:50 2d period: Kings 3-0
After a Boston turnover at the offensive blue, the Kings play give-and-go, with Jarret Stoll burying the puck behind a helpless Tim Thomas.

20:00 1st period: Kings 2-0
Tons of quality scoring chances for the Bruins (14 shots). But Jonathan Quick flawless through 20 minutes. Must admit never projecting Quick to be this good when he was at UMass.

18:28 1st period: Kings 2-0
Tim Thomas stuffs Dustn Brown on a shorthanded breakaway. Good job by Thomas to keep his glove in front of the puck as he slid backward over the goal line.

14:21 1st period: Kings 2-0
Jonathan Quick gobbles up a Gregory Campbell shot. Quick has been the difference-maker so far.

12:19 1st period: Kings 2-0
Milan Lucic pings a slot shot off the left post.

11:17 1st period: Kings 2-0
Michal Handzus buries the rebound of a Davis Drewiske blast that goes off Patrice Bergeron. Again, Jonathan Quick saving his team’s bacon with two sharp stops prior to the latest goal.

9:09 1st period: Kings 1-0
Johnny Boychuk nearly takes Jonathan Quick’s head off with a one-timer. Mask comes flying off, but Quick is OK.

2:07 1st period: Kings 1-0
Tim Thomas stops Anze Kopitar. Sloppy giveaway by Mark Recchi.

0:44 1st period: Kings 1-0
Brad Richardson goes high on Tim Thomas. Jonathan Quick keeps the game scoreless earlier on the shift with a blocker stop on Michael Ryder.

0:00 1st period: 0-0
David Krejci is in. Daniel Paille is out.

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