Kings can’t hold off Rangers after early lead

LOS ANGELES — With Larry David sitting against the glass, the New York Rangers curbed the Kings’ enthusiasm on Tuesday night, as they rallied from a two-goal deficit to win, 5-3, at Crypto.com Arena.

Winger Kevin Fiala (one goal, two assists), winger Gabe Vilardi and defenseman Sean Walker scored for the Kings, who are winless in their last three games. Walker’s goal was his first in a year and a half after a knee injury cost him essentially all of last season. Center Anze Kopitar had two assists and winger Adrian Kempe had one, and Cal Petersen had 20 saves.

Defenseman Braden Schneider, center Vincent Trocheck and winger Kappo Kaako scored for the Rangers, before winger Chris Kreider scored the game-winner and added an empty-net goal. Wingers Filip Chytil and Alexis Lafreniere contributed two assists apiece. Igor Shesterkin, last year’s Vezina Trophy winner, sloughed off two early goals to make 35 saves in a victory.

Kreider sealed the Kings’ fate with a shot into the vacated cage with 50 seconds to play.

After they breathed life into their game with a scrambling effort and a fortunate bounce, the Kings found themselves chasing the game anew, surrendering a goal 54 seconds after drawing even. A long pass ahead came to Kreider alone ahead of the pack, where he fired a shot to the near side that seemed more likely to produce a whistle and an offensive-zone faceoff than a goal. With no traffic and an ostensibly non-threatening shot to deal with, Petersen ceded the go-ahead goal.

Petersen later successfully poke-checked Kakko on a breakaway to preserve a one-goal deficit.

Five minutes into the third period the Kings courted disaster but ended up with a tying goal in an odd but exhilarating sequence.

At one end, Petersen lost his stick and was drawn way out of position as he …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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