The Los Angeles Kings played the Florida Panthers in an entertaining game at the Staples Center on March 16. The Kings battled back to tie the game twice as they were initially down by scores of 1-0 and 2-1. Then in the third period, the Kings took a 3-2 lead, but goals in the final seven minutes by Panthers forwards Evgenii Dadonov and Jonathan Huberdeau gave Florida a narrow 4-3 win. Here are four of the best Kings plays of the game.
1) Great stretch pass by Drew Doughty-- In the seventh minute of the first period, Kings all-star defenseman Drew Doughty had a great long pass to Dustin Brown, who scored his 18th goal of the season on the power play. The precision of Doughty's pass was magnificent and Doughty displayed excellent offensive prowess to score on the breakaway.
2) Excellent pad save by Jonathan Quick--At the halfway mark of the first period, Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick made an unbelievable kick save off a hard slap shot by Panthers star defenseman Aaron Ekblad. The save kept the game tied at one goal apiece.
3) Brendan Leipsic scores on the rebound--Early in the third period, Panthers rookie goaltender Sam Montembeault was able to stop Jeff Carter twice on two Kings quality scoring chances in close but was unable to beat Brendan Leipsic, who scored immediately afterward on the rebound. Leipsic had just come out of the penalty box as he was serving a Kings bench minor for too many men on the ice. Kings rookie left winger Matt Roy collected his second career National Hockey League assist and second assist in his last two games.
4) Highlight reel pass by Dustin Brown-- Near the midway mark of the third period, Kings captain Anze Kopitar put the Kings up 3-2 when Brown was able to get the puck past two Panthers players with an excellent pass and on to the Kings' captain's stick. For Kopitar, it was his team-leading 20th goal of the season.
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