CALGARY – If the Los Angeles Kings go on to win their third Stanley Cup this season, remember this moment.
The Kings were trailing the Calgary Flames with 36 seconds remaining in the game, and seconds away from falling further behind the Anaheim Ducks for first place in the Pacific Division.
Miraculously, the Kings scored two goals in an overall span of 76 seconds and stole the victory – and the two points – from the Calgary Flames on Tuesday at Scotiabank Saddledome Arena.
Defenseman Kris Versteeg scored the game-tying goal with 36 seconds remaining in the third period when he dove into the crease to slap the puck into the net.
The Kings would send the game to overtime where Jeff Carter scored the game-winner on a breakway with a nifty left-right move past Calgary goalie Joni Ortio.
Momentarily, the Kings move back into first place in the Pacific Division as they are one point ahead of the Anaheim Ducks. However, as of writing this, the Ducks hold a 1-0 lead over the Winnipeg Jets in the third period at the pond. Should the results hold, the Ducks would move back into first place with three games remaining, to the Kings two games.
Mikael Backlund put Calgary on the board just 3:41 into the first period. Backlund tried a no-look pass to the slot, but got a fortuitous bounce when the shot deflected off Anze Kopitar's skate and into the net.
Milan Lucic evened the score six minutes later when Kopitar sent a back pass to Lucic whose wristshot beat Joni Ortio for the tying goal.
"Lucky" Lucic did it again just 14 seconds into the second period when he cleaned up a Drew Doughty slap shot in front of the net to put the Kings ahead 2-1.
Once again, Calgary answered when Hunter Shinkaruk was in the right place at the right time on the right side of the net for the equalizer.
The Flames stayed hot in the third period as they took the lead 3-2 thanks to a Mark Giordano goal just 33 seconds in. Calgary started the period on the power play and wasted no time finding the net with their man advantage.
Andy Andreoff tied the game at 3-3 when he snuck in front of a Calgary defender and slapped the puck in to the back of the net for the unassisted goal.
Deryk Engelland beat Jhonas Enroth top shelf from a nearly impossible angle on the right side of the ice and the Flames took a 4-3 lead. The Kings would answer with their backs to the wall and just 25 seconds remaining in the game.
Defenseman Krist Versteeg dove for the loose puck in front of the net and knocked it in for the game-tying goal, salvaging a crucial point for the Kings and sending the game into overtime.
Jeff Carter did the rest from there as he scored the game-winning goal on a breakaway just 40 seconds into the 3-on-3 overtime period.