The Kings salvaged their most recent road trip, splitting it with a 2-2 record, by dropping the Maple Leafs in Toronto. It was a hard-fought, certainly not an easy, win, and a much-needed one at that.
After the Kings took an early 1-0 lead on Justin Williams fifth goal of the season, the Leafs tied it up less than four minutes later with a John-Michael Liles goal, set up by Tyler Bozak’s 16th assist on the season. Dustin Brown scored the lone goal of the second period, his seventh on the season, putting the Kings up 2-1. It was a short-lived lead however, as Matt Frattin knocked in the game-tying goal just 2:56 into the third period.
See the game capsule and Williams “knock-hockey” goal off the back boards here:
Jonathan Quick finished the three periods with a very respectable 31 saves, while Leafs netminder James Reimer stopped an even heftier 40 shots.
With overtime netting no goals, it was on to a shootout. After some fantastic stops by Quick, the lone goal would be scored in the shootout by Dustin Brown putting the puck in glove-side on the final shot to win it.
The Kings will next face Anaheim at home on Thursday, expected to be new head coach Darryl Sutter’s first time behind the L.A. bench.