Could it be the turning point in their season?
The L.A. Kings looked to be in serious trouble against the Chicago Blackhawks in the finale of Rivalry Night on Wednesday. Jonathan Quick had just allowed an iffy goal from Andrew Shaw less than three minutes into the third period, giving the visiting Blackhawks their third lead of the night.
Just when it looked like the Kings were on their way to another loss, the comeback started.
It was completed with a 4-3 victory for L.A. It might be January, but this felt like an extension of the previous two playoff series contested between these teams.
Tyler Toffoli, back after missing six games due to mono, scored the tying goal with Jeff Carter — he had a pair of goals tonight — standing right in Corey Crawford’s face. There was contact between them, as Carter bumped the head of Crawford.
Jake Muzzin was given credit for the fourth L.A. goal, which came less than three minutes after the Kings tied it.
It’s a big win for the Kings. Huge, even.
Trailing in the third period, they were looking at a wasted opportunity to get within one point of the Calgary Flames for the final Wild Card spot in the West. Then, all of a sudden, the comeback. The win puts them right behind the Flames and struggling Vancouver Canucks.
Now, kind of a goofy moment in the second period courtesy of Brent Seabrook, who was called for closing his hand on the puck, which was stuck under him for a few seconds as he sat on the ice in the defensive end.
A player shall be permitted to catch the puck out of the air but must immediately place it or knock it down to the ice. If he catches it and skates with it, either to avoid a check or to gain a territorial advantage over his opponent, a minor penalty shall be assessed for “closing his hand on the puck”.
A minor penalty shall be imposed on a player who, while play is in progress, picks up the puck off the ice with his hand.