Los Angeles hockey players lost for the third time in the fourth of five games on the away tour. In Madison Square Garden, they had to concede superiority to the New York Rangers, who won 5:2.
The Kings were powerless against the Rangers especially at the beginning of the last two periods. In the first, it is for leading domestic goals Alexis Lafreniereand at the beginning of the second he was successful twice in 95 seconds Vincent Trocheck.
After Los Angeles’ goaltending change, Pheonix Copley he replaced by Jonathan Quick, the balance of power on the ice just changed. At the end of the second part of the game, he lowered first Viktor Arvidssonand at the beginning of the last third Matt Roy.
But the home team responded quickly and scored two more goals in just over three minutes for the final score of 5:2. They were also successful for Rangers’ 34th victory Artemi Panarin and Mika Zibanejad.
“Basically, there were two puck bounces in the opening. There wasn’t much we didn’t like in the first period, nor in the second. Sometimes bounced pucks don’t go the way you want them to. It just didn’t go our way tonight,” said Kopitar, who did not register a pass.
Still, his Kings remain in playoff contention. “We are playing well, we are in a good position in the table. But it is a fact that we have to win a few more games before the end of the season to qualify for the playoffs. I think there are 20 games to go. We will play these first and hopefully we will qualify for the play-offs, that the form will be good at the right time,Kopitar said.
When asked how he feels at the age of 35 as a veteran in the team where he started his career in the NHL as a young guy in 2006, he said that he doesn’t think about it. “I think I still have quite a bit of time ahead of me. The team is younger now, but we are fighting and looking ahead and trying to qualify for the playoffs.“
Los Angeles will play its final road game against Winnipeg on Wednesday night.
NY RANGERS – LOS ANGELES 5:2 (1:0, 2:1, 2:1) Lafreniere 14th, Trocheck 23rd, 24th, Panarin 43rd, Zibanejad 46th; Arvidsson 39th, Roy 42nd.
BUFFALO – WASHINGTON 7:4 MINNESOTA – COLUMBUS 3:2 – in overtime WINNIPEG – NY ISLANDERS 0:4 PITTSBURGH – TAMPA BAY 7:3 SEATTLE – TORONTO 1:5 ARIZONA – NASHVILLE 2:6
Matches on February 27:OTTAWA – DETROIT DALLAS – VANCOUVER EDMONTON – BOSTON COLORADO – VEGAS ANAHEIM – CHICAGO