Scoring came early in the first period from Kings star Anze Kopitar on a one-timer off a nifty saucer pass from Justin Williams. But the Rangers Ryan Callahan knotted the contest at one apiece with the period winding down on a sharp angle shot that somehow squeaked by Jon Quick.
The second period was mired in the neutral zone with no team really gathering a foothold.
A slow start to the third hurt the Kings, as Marion Gaborik slipped by the Kings coverage and sent in a loose puck beside a pile up of players in front of Quick midway through the period. But a late push came from the Kings, and with five minutes remaining Mike Richards tipped home a centering feed from Brad Richardson on an even man rush up ice.
The Rangers would end the period by killing off an untimely interference call on former King Brian Boyle. And only two minutes into the overtime period Ryan McDonagh took an offensive zone tripping penalty.
This would seal the fate of the Rags when the Kings capitalized on their fifth power play chance of the night as Jack Johnson sneaked down behind the Rangers PK unit and tucked home the cross ice feed from none other than Mike Richards.
Good opening contest for both teams, here five of my thoughts on the game.