Kings Outlast Rangers – Toffoli Nets OT Winner

NEW YORK — Tyler Toffoli scored 25 seconds into overtime and the Los Angeles Kings rallied to beat the New York Rangers 4-3 Monday night.

Toffoli’s ninth goal of the season came moments after the Rangers’ Mika Zibanejad rang the puck off the post behind Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick. Toffoli was mobbed by his teammates as Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist skated away in disgust.

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Los Angeles Kings right wing Tyler Toffoli celebrates after scoring the game winning goal against New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)

Adrian Kempe scored twice and Anze Kopitar added a goal for the Kings, who scored in the last minute of regulation and the first minute of overtime. Quick finished with 24 saves.

Zibanejad, Chris Kreider and Adam McQuaid scored for the Rangers. Lundqvist made 26 saves.

The Kings tied the game at the 19-minute mark of the third on Kempe’s second goal of the game and seventh of the season after Los Angeles had pulled Quick for an extra skater.

McQuaid had put the Rangers ahead 3-2 at 9:15 of the third when his fluttering shot from the point eluded Quick. It was McQuaid’s first goal of the season and his first as a member of the Rangers.

The Rangers top line of Kreider, Zibanejad and Mats Zuccarello continued to surge. The trio has 39 points — 18 goals and 21 assists — over their last eight games together.

It was also another close game between the teams. Since Feb. 5, 2008, 17 of 18 meetings between the Rangers and Kings have been decided by two or fewer goals, and 11 have been decided by one goal. The Rangers won this season’s earlier meeting, 4-3 in Los Angeles on Oct. 28.

Kreider opened the scoring with his team-leading 24th goal at 8:32 of the first period. The goal came on a crisp cross-ice pass from defenceman Tony DeAngelo, who had been healthy scratch the past two games. Zibanejad also assisted.

Kempe tied it for the Kings at 17:23 of the first on a setup by former Ranger Carl Hagelin and former New Jersey Devil Ilya Kovalchuk. It was Kempe’s first goal since Dec. 11.

Zibanejad put the Rangers back on top 32 seconds into the second period with his 21st goal. It was his ninth goal in the last seven games, which included his first hat trick as a member of the Rangers on Jan. 31 against the Devils in Newark.

Zibanejad has 10 goals and eight assists over in his last 11 games, and has a career-high 52 points this season.

Zuccarello and Marc Staal assisted on Zibanejad’s goal. That extended Zuccarello’s consecutive games points streak to eight. The Norwegian forward has five goals and nine assists in that stretch.

Kopitar tied the game for a second time at 5:04 of the third with his 16th goal of the season. Kovalchuk had the lone assist.

The Rangers were coming off a 3-2 loss to the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night, while the league-worst Kings were playing the second game of a six-game trip. They lost 4-2 to Islanders on Saturday night.

NOTES: The Rangers’ last six games have been decided by one goal. . The Rangers dressed seven defenceman and 11 forwards, scratching forward Cody McLeod. … The Kings scratched forwards Nate Thompson and Matt Luff and defenceman Sean Walker.


Rangers: Host Boston Bruins on Wednesday.

Kings: At New Jersey Devils on Tuesday.


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Allan Kreda, The Associated Press