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Kings Beat Bruins In Shootout

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Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jack Johnson (3) and center Brad Richardson (15) celebrate after teammate Anze Kopitar, back, of Slovakia, scored the tying goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, in Los Angeles. The Kings won 4-3 in overtime. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)
Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jack Johnson (3) and center Brad Richardson (15) celebrate after teammate Anze Kopitar, back, of Slovakia, scored the tying goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, in Los Angeles. The Kings won 4-3 in overtime. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar scored third-period goals and had both Los Angeles goals in the shootout, leading the Kings to a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday.

Jarret Stoll scored in the first period, and Jonathan Quick stopped 22 shots, including Daniel Paille's short-handed breakaway try in the final minute of the second period. Quick recorded his first shutout of the season in a 4-0 win over Anaheim on Thursday night.

Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder scored 11 seconds apart during the second period for Boston, and Tim Thomas made 31 saves in the final regular-season game the Bruins will play outside the Eastern time zone this season.

Miroslav Satan scored his second goal in six games since signing with Boston as an unrestricted free agent.

Marco Sturm, who leads Boston with 15 goals, missed the game because of a leg injury. Defenseman Andrew Ferrence was sidelined for the fifth straight game with a groin injury, center Patrice Bergeron missed his sixth straight game with a broken thumb, and Marc Savard was out for the fourth straight game with a knee injury.

Defenseman Mark Stuart returned to the Bruins after missing 14 games with a broken sternum, and center David Krejci was back in uniform after sitting out a 2-1 shootout win at San Jose on Thursday night because of a lower-body injury.

It was the second time during this three-game West Coast swing in which the Bruins coughed up a third period lead and lost. They also did it Wednesday night at Anaheim, when Tuukka Rask gave up goals by Ryan Getzlaf and Steve Eminger in a 4-3 defeat.

The Kings rallied from a 3-1 deficit, winning a couple of critical puck battles along the boards deep in the Boston zone during the third period. Brown triggered the comeback with 9:28 remaining in regulation, after Alexander Frolov got the puck away from Trent Whitfield and fed it to Brown in front of the net.

Kopitar got the equalizer with 7:06 left in the third, converting Wayne Simmonds' pass from behind the net after Michal Handzus worked the puck free along the right wall. Kopitar has five goals over his last 30 contests, after scoring 14 in his first 18 games this season.

Boston took a 2-1 lead at 10:53 of the second when Wheeler's wrist shot from a sharp angle to the right of the net caromed off Quick's pads and then off the leg of Kings former Bruins defenseman Sean O'Donnell before going in. The Bruins won the ensuing faceoff and quickly moved the puck deep into the Kings' zone, with Ryder converting Wheeler's backhanded centering pass.

Stoll opened the scoring at 11:42 of the first period with his 11th goal, tapping the puck under Thomas after the reigning Vezina Trophy winner stopped a sharp-angle wrist shot by Scott Parse and ended up on the seat of his pants.

Boston tied it at 18:20 of the period when Satan got the puck from Milan Lucic while crossing the blue line and beat Quick to the glove side with a wrist shot from the top of the right circle.

The Bruins, who came in with a league-leading percentage of 87.7 on the penalty kill, have allowed just five goals in 71 short-handed situations over their last 21 games. The Kings were 0 for 5 against them, including a pair of 5-on-3 power plays that lasted 1:12 and 39 seconds respectively.

This program aired on January 17, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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