LOS ANGELES — Jonathan Rapid received a different memento to insert to the plastic tub in his attic loaded with pucks commemorating important achievements.
Rapid stopped 38 photographs to get his 301st gain, top the Kings to a 5-2 gain about Pittsburgh on Saturday night time, snapping the Penguins’ 6-recreation street profitable streak.
Rapid tied Mike Richter for fourth place in occupation wins by an American goalie, reaching the mark in his 577th recreation and matching the former Rangers goalie’s total in 666 games.
“Well, obviously, to get below means I have been lucky ample to participate in with some very good players and on some genuinely very good hockey groups. Yeah, it means a good deal. It’s unique,” Rapid said of tying Richter.
Jeff Carter had a aim and two assists and Anze Kopitar scored two times for the Kings, who had lost 4 of their previous 5.
The Kings were being determined to answer right after a 4-1 decline to Ottawa on Thursday they derided as perhaps the worst effectiveness of a disappointing period. They adopted as a result of, getting a guide 2-1 guide at 8:47 of the second period of time when Alex Iafallo was credited with his 10th aim right after a centering move by Carter struck him in the upper body and went in.
Kopitar created it 3-1 at with 3:55 left with a brief-handed aim.
Brendan Leipsic pushed the guide to 4-1 at 49 seconds of the third.
“Last recreation was embarrassing and the work was not there, so coming in tonight we required to toss in the work obviously and the desperation degree desired to gain the recreation, and we did a very good job,” said Kopitar, who extra an vacant-netter with 47 seconds remaining.
Rapid blended in his regular array of amazing emphasize saves, which includes a glove save on Riley Sheahan in the second period of time ahead of the Kings jumped out in front and an acrobatic end of Evgeni Malkin in the third period of time when the Penguins were being generating a demand.
“Being again there for us, it’s quite comforting due to the fact he constantly offers us a likelihood and that’s what you want from your goaltender,” Kopitar said. “To see him get up there in his personal columns, if you will, it’s not surprising.”
Jake Guentzel scored brief-handed and power-participate in aims and Casey DeSmith created 20 saves for the Penguins, who lost for just the second time in their previous 12 games.
Guentzel scored 5 aims in the again-to-again games versus the Ducks and the Kings, but Pittsburgh was not able to continue the longest street profitable streak in the NHL this period.
Penguins coach Mike Sullivan was most concerned with allowing for a league-worst 10th brief-handed aim. Kris Letang created an off-balance backhand move that led to a 2-on-1 crack for Kopitar and Carter.
Sullivan isn’t completely ready to abandon the 4-forward, just one-defenseman staff grouping that has worked so well for Pittsburgh, but cautioned the group could not be so careless with the puck going forward.
“It’s a absence of diligence in important sections of the rink,” Sullivan said. “Even although we’ve (struggled) on the power participate in we have to have some conscience defensively, and it begins with our very own puck possession.”
Rapid is 68 wins guiding Tom Barrasso in third place. Ducks goalie Ryan Miller is tied with John Vanbiesbrouck for most wins by a U.S.-born goalie at 374. … Guentzel has 7 aims and 3 assists throughout a 6-recreation point streak. … Malkin received his eighth aid throughout a 6-recreation streak.
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