RECAP: Los Angeles Kings rally from three down to stun St. Louis Blues in OT

Mar 6, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Kings defenseman Sean Walker (26) moves the puck while defended by St. Louis Blues center Dakota Joshua (54) during the first period at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Adrian Kempe tapped in Gabriel Vilardi’s crossing pass for the winning goal at 1:45 into overtime as the Los Angeles Kings rallied from an early three-goal deficit to defeat the visiting St. Louis Blues, 4-3, on Saturday night.

Vilardi rushed up the right side of the ice on a 2-on-1 and threaded a pass between the legs of Blues defenseman Torey Krug to Kempe, who drilled it into a wide-open net for his sixth goal of the season.

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Anze Kopitar had two goals and an assist, Alex Iafallo had two assists and Matt Luff also scored a goal for Los Angeles. Jonathan Quick had 22 saves.

David Perron had a goal and an assist, and Nathan Walker and Ryan O’Reilly also scored goals for St. Louis, which had a four-game winning streak snapped. Brayden Schenn added two assists and Jordan Binnington finished with 30 saves.

St. Louis, which rallied late for a 3-2 overtime victory in Friday night’s opener of the back-to-back, carried that momentum into the first period, bolting to a 3-0 lead in the first 11:05.

Perron started the scoring just 25 seconds into the game with his 10th goal of the season, one-timing a shot from the bottom of the left circle at the end of a 2-on-1 with Schenn.

Walker, left alone by the right side of the net, made it 2-0 with his first goal of the season, tapping in a pass by Sammy Blais on the back door.

O’Reilly followed with his eighth goal of the season 16 seconds into a power play, finishing a tic-tac-toe passing play with Perron and Schenn with a wrist shot from the slot.

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Kopitar cut it to 3-1 a couple minutes later when he beat Binnington short side with a wrist shot from the bottom of the left circle at the end of a 2-on-1 with Iafallo.

Los Angeles then rallied to tie it, 3-3, late in the second period with two goals in the span of 1:40. Kopitar got the first on a power play when he one-timed a deflected pass by Drew Doughty from the bottom of the right circle for his second goal of the game and the sixth of the season.

The Kings decided to double-shift Kopitar and it paid off when he set up Luff from behind the net. Luff then fired a shot from the bottom of the left circle off Binnington’s glove for his first goal of the season.

It was the 22nd assist of the season for Kopitar and also the 639th of his career, breaking a tie with Dave Taylor for third place in franchise history behind Marcel Dionne (757) and Wayne Gretzky (672).

–Field Level Media