Anton Khudobin got the start for the Bruins on the second night of back to backs and bailed out the Bruins when they needed him with 27 saves. The Bruins also used a spread out attack as four different players scored goals.
The Bruins got the scoring going early in the first period as Brad Marchand scored his team leading 26th goal of the season. Marchand capitalized on a turnover by Kings defensemen Jake Muzzin. Marchand then took the puck in 2-on-1 with Patrice Bergeron. Marchand looked like he was going to pass it to Bergeron, but then fired it by the glove of Kings goaltender Peter Budaj for the 1-0 lead.
The Kings were able to answer in the first after the first penalty of the game was called. Dominic Moore sat for tripping and the top ranked penalty kill could not hold the lead. Alec Martinez fired a shot from the point that caused a juicy rebound from Khudobin. Adrian Kempe got to the rebound first and found Kevin Gravel sneaking in back door for the easy open net goal. The goal was Gravel’s first career NHL goal.
It looked like there was going to be another first NHL goal just 45 seconds later, but replay took it away. David Pastrnak brought the puck into the zone and found David Krejci. Krejci passed it over to Peter Cehlarik, who one-timed it into the back of the net. The Kings challenged the play for offsides and the play was ruled offsides for no goal. Unfortunately, Cehlarik will still have to wait to collect the puck for his first career NHL goal.
The Kings had a surge in the second period and kept the Bruins on their heels. Khudobin was more solid in the second with his rebound control and keeping the Kings off the scoresheet. The Kings made one mistake and the Bruins were able to make them pay.
Kyle Clifford took an offensive zone penalty and tripped up Matt Beleskey to put them on the powerplay. Not to be out done, Pastrnak picked up his 26th of the season to keep pace with Marchand for the team lead in goals. Ryan Spooner had the puck on the half wall and threaded the needle to Pastrnak. Pastrnak broke his stick, but was able to get enough juice on the shot for it to squeak through Budaj’s leg for the 2-1 lead.
With the Bruins hanging on to a one goal lead, it became a much more defensive minded team in the third period. The Kings had only three shots on goal for the whole period as the Bruins team defense did a tremendous job in the defensive and neutral zone to limit the Kings chances.
The Kings pulled the goalie for the extra attacker, but did not muster up much. The Bruins were able to not only get one empty net goal, but two. Moore was able to get the first one after a pass from Marchand into the neutral zone. Moore took a hit to get his shot off and buried it in the back of the net to extend the lead.
Only down by two, Kings decided to pull their goalie again to try and make it more interesting. Torey Krug was able to find Krejci in their own end. Instead of chipping the puck out, Krejci went for goal and was able to bury it from his own end to seal the deal. The Bruins would leave California with a 2-1 record and their first win at Staples Center since 2012.
The Bruins will look to close out the road trip on a high note. Last game of the trip will be played against former Bruins Tyler Seguin and the Dallas Stars. The game will be played on NBC on Sunday afternoon. Puck drop is at 12:30PM.