The Los Angeles Kings had the opportunity to host the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals to the Staples Center for the only time this season on Feb. 18. The Capitals scored for the first three goals of the game as superstar Alexander Ovechkin scored two power-play goals in the first 40 minutes before the Kings rebounded with two third period markers in a tight 3-2 loss. Here are four of the top Kings plays from their game.
1) Campbell stops Backstrom - With just over four minutes into the second period, Kings goaltender Jack Campbell made a great glove save off of Capitals assistant captain Nicklas Backstrom. It would be one of 18 saves Campbell would have during the evening.
2) Brown records historic point -The Kings got on the scoreboard at 8:20 of the third period thanks to a highlight reel pass by Kings right winger Dustin Brown, who found Alex Iafallo for the goal. For Brown, it was his 600th career point. In 15 seasons with the Kings, Brown has 272 goals and 328 assists. Paul LaDue recorded the other assist.
3) Kovalchuk scores from the blueline - With 28 seconds left in the third period, Ilya Kovalchuk made things mighty interesting with a slapshot from the point that beat Capitals goaltender Pheonix Copley. The goal put the Kings within one at the time. Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty picked up the assists.
4) Kopitar has success winning faceoffs -Throughout the evening, the Kings captain Anze Kopitar dominated in the faceoff circle, winning 14 of 18 possible faceoffs. His dominance at taking draws is one of the reasons he has won two Selke Trophies throughout his National Hockey League career.
The next home game is Feb. 28 when the Kings host the Dallas Stars at the Staples Center. Get your tickets today!