I Was There #7: Game 4 comeback over St. Louis - LA Kings Insider

Throughout the next month, LAKI will be reviewing the top 10 moments of the Los Angeles Kings season as a recurring feature entitled “I Was There.”

KingsCast recently finished a similar endeavor, complete with screen grabs, video highlights and commentary. Alex Kinkopf’s #TopTen list is recommended as a great account of the 2012-13 season.

I Was There #7: Game 4 comeback over St. Louis

Los Angeles-St. Louis games have developed into defensive battles renowned for their heightened physicality, though there were some anomalous outcomes in the season series. The Kings’ 6-4 comeback win over the Blues on March 5 – a game that did not make the I Was There top-10 list but will be included in the honorable mentions – was the highest scoring game that took place at Staples Center in 2012-13.

After a total of seven goals were scored in the first three games of the teams’ first round playoff series, seven combined goals were scored in Game 4 as the Kings fought back from an early 2-0 deficit to tie the game in the first period and engineered another comeback after turning a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 victory, courtesy of an Anze Kopitar equalizer and a Justin Williams game-winning deflection. Though St. Louis’s effort was top notch in their 1-0 Game 3 defeat, Los Angeles was the better team territorially through the vast majority of Game 4, one of two emotional comebacks during the Kings’ playoff run.

I mean, just watch Dustin Brown and Kopitar scream at each other…

There’s not much Brian Elliott can do there, as Brown protects the puck so well along the boards despite pressure from T.J. Oshie as Kopitar glides unmarked to an area of the ice where goals are frequently scored. There’s also great hand-eye coordination from Kopitar to snap Brown’s feed into an open part of the net for his first goal in 20 games. Roman Polak, that’s some mighty fine standin’ around.

76 seconds later, Justin Williams deflected the game-winner past Elliott off Mike Richards’ wrister towards the net from the left hash marks. Also note Dwight King out-hustling Barret Jackman to free a puck loose for Richards:

Though he wasn’t at his best early on in this game, Jonathan Quick made his biggest saves when they mattered most.


courtesy KingsVision

Aesthetic beauty: Kopitar’s goal ranks very high. Williams’ goal is a typical greasy deflection goal that helps teams win playoff games. The most attractive goal from this game was the tic-tac-toe goal finished off by Dustin Penner in the first period.

Lasting impact: Moderate-to-high. Falling behind three-games-to-one before heading back to St. Louis would not have been among Los Angeles’ best interests. Really, though – and this foreshadows future I Was There posts – there were events that took place later in this series that will be the first things thought of when looking back at this first round match-up several years from now.

Previously on “I Was There”
#10: Toffoli’s first goal
#9: Quick passes Hrudey
#8: Kopitar’s goal versus Detroit

KingsCast #7: Calgary for two

Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left

Bio

Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
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Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.
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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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