The playoffs are also underway in the American Hockey League, and the Kings’ affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, hold a 2-1 series lead over the Binghamton Senators in the best-of-seven first round. The Monarchs pulled out a big win Sunday to take the series lead, as they rallied from a 3-0 first-period deficit to beat the Senators 5-4 in overtime. Bud Holloway completed a hat trick with his goal 1:43 into overtime. Jeff Zatkoff, who had started the first two games in goal, was replaced by Martin Jones after Zatkoff allowed three first-period goals on 18 shots, and Jones stopped 14 of 15 shots the rest of the way. The game also marked the return of Kings prospect Brayden Schenn to the AHL. Schenn assisted on the Monarchs’ first goal and had a plus-3 rating. The series resumes with Game 4 on Tuesday in Binghamton. Below is a quick recap of the first three games…
Game 1, Manchester 2, Binghamton 1: Corey Elkins broke a scoreless tie 2:19 into the second period, and David Kolomatis gave the Monarchs a 2-0 lead with 3:35 remaining in the third period. The Senators found some life when they scored with 39 seconds remaining, but Zatkoff helped the Monarchs hold on and made 34 saves in the home victory. Former Kings goalie Barry Brust stopped 27 of 29 shots for Binghamton.
Game 2, Binghamton 4, Manchester 3 (OT): Tyler Toffoli scored his first AHL playoff goal and Justin Azevedo added a goal as the Monarchs took a 2-0 second-period lead, but the Senators scored three goals in the first nine minutes of the third period to take a 3-2 lead. Jake Muzzin’s goal tied the game with 1:02 remaining in regulation, but the Binghamton’s Derek Grant scored 4:03 into overtime to end the game and give the Senators the road win. Zatkoff stopped 25 of 29 shots while Brust stopped 26 of 29 shots.
Game 3, Monarchs 5, Binghamton 4 (OT): Colin Greening’s goal, with 1:36 remaining in the first period, gave the host Senators a 3-0 lead, and Jones replaced Zatkoff in the Monarchs’ goal to start the second period. Holloway scored at the 10:50 and 17:16 marks of the second period to make it a game, but the Senators got some breathing room when Bobby Butler scored 7:44 into the third period for a 4-2 Binghamton lead. The Monarchs rallied again, though, as Muzzin scored 9:15 int the period and Dwight King made it a 4-4 game when he scored with 8:10 remaining in regulation. The game remained scoreless from there until the second minute of overtime, when Holloway completed his hat trick and ended it. Brust stopped 27 of 32 shots.