Kings fall in OT, 4-3
Dainius Zubrus got his stick on a puck that lay tantalizingly close to the goal line, poking in a rebound 2:28 into overtime in a 4-3 victory over the Kings. That made the razor-thin difference between the struggling clubs. “Nothing against (the Kings), but that’s the (kind of) teams we have to beat for sure,” said Zubrus. “They got a couple of easy goals that you don’t like to see happen, and they happened tonight,” Kings coach Marc Crawford said. “In Mathieu’s case, I’m sure he’ll get better as he gets more comfortable in the net.” Los Angeles failed to score during a 5-on-3 power play that lasted 1:05 in the second period, and the teams went scoreless in the third period. “We wore out a little bit for some reason tonight, it’s kind of hard to comprehend,” Crawford said. “Give the Caps credit – their best period was the third. We should have been up by more at that point.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Zubrus got his chance after Alexander Semin’s shot trickled past Mathieu Garon and off the right post. It capped a rough night for Garon in his first game in nearly a month. Anze Kopitar, Alexander Frolov and Lubomir Visnovsky scored for the Kings, who lost to the Capitals on the road for the first time in nearly nine years. They had gone 4-0 with one tie at the Verizon Center since 1998. Los Angeles entered having lost 11 of 13, while Washington had dropped nine of 12. Kings rookie Kopitar scored the only goal of the first period, a rebound off the far post during a 5-on-3 power play. But Garon, returning from a broken finger and giving 40-year-old Sean Burke a night off, allowed three marginal goals in the second period. He whiffed glove-side on Boyd Gordon’s short-handed shot from the blue line, was slow to react on a wraparound by Ben Clymer and let a close-in shot from Chris Clark trickle over the goal line. • Photo Gallery: Kings vs. Capitals WASHINGTON – A game of inches? How about a game of just one inch? That was about the distance of the winning shot for the Washington Capitals on Thursday night.