The Los Angeles Kings apparently have a habit of getting into long shootouts. Last week they lost an eight-round shootout to the San Jose Sharks 4-3, and they were at it again Tuesday night.
The Kings and Anaheim Ducks tied 2-2 after three periods and a five-minute overtime, so the two teams prepared for a shootout. Los Angeles had rookie Martin Jones in goal for his NHL debut and the Ducks had veteran Jonas Hiller between the pipes.
The two goalies went toe-to-toe and no one scored in the first eight rounds of the shootout. Kings winger Dwight King led off the ninth round with a perfectly-placed wrister that beat Hiller to the glove side. So it all came down to Anaheim’s Mathieu Perrault shooting against Jones. Jones stepped up and made the stop, sealing a win for the Kings.
Overall in the shootout, Jones made seven saves, while Anaheim’s Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf missed the net with their shots. Hiller also made seven saves, and Los Angeles winger Justin Williams was off-target with his shot.
It was a lot of fun to watch live and I can’t imagine why the NHL didn’t always have overtime and shootouts during regular season games.
Watch video of the entire shootout below.