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Kings hope to bounce back in matinee clash with Bruins

(SportsNetwork.com) - A controversial goal led to the Los Angeles Kings having a two-game win streak halted on Saturday, but the club will try to bounce back on Monday afternoon when they visit the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.

The Kings had won two straight and three of four before dropping a 3-2 shootout decision in Detroit on Saturday. Los Angeles held a 2-1 lead over the Red Wings heading into the final minute of regulation, but the hosts received a bit of luck to even the score with 26.1 seconds left.

Niklas Kronwall was credited with the strange power-play goal, as his deflected shot bounced off the netting behind the Los Angeles goal and struck Kings netminder Jonathan Quick in the back before trickling in the net to even the score at 2-2.

The goal was upheld following a video review, with the NHL releasing a statement afterward explaining that the play was not reviewable. Needless to say, Kings head coach Darryl Sutter was not pleased with the decision.

"That's embarrassing for the league," said Sutter. "It doesn't matter if we'd have scored, or if they had scored it. That's embarrassing."

Tomas Tatar eventually won the game for Detroit by scoring the lone goal of the shootout.

Mike Richards and Jeff Carter both scored on the power play for the Kings, while Quick stopped 33 shots in defeat. Carter's goal handed L.A. a 2-1 lead with 2:15 left in the third, a little less than two minutes before Kronwall's controversial equalizer.

The shootout loss dropped L.A. to 1-0-1 at the start of a five-game road trip. The Kings will continue the swing Tuesday against Columbus before capping it Thursday versus Anaheim in the opener of a home-and-home series.

The Bruins have lost two of three and four of their last six games to fall into a tie with Tampa Bay for first place in the Atlantic Division. Boston has played two fewer games than the Lightning, however, and the Bruins will use one of those games in hand on Monday.

Boston was able to pick up a point in Sunday's shootout loss at Chicago, as the Bruins and Blackhawks met in a rematch of last season's Stanley Cup Finals. Chicago, which won the playoff battle in six games, took Sunday's contest after last spring's Conn Smythe winner Patrick Kane scored the winner in the shootout.

On the final attempt of the shootout, Kane skated down the middle and slowed up before picking his shot and burying a wrister past Tuukka Rask for the win.

Brad Marchand scored both goals for the Bruins, while Rask made 35 stops in defeat.

"We played really well today," said Marchand. "There's a few opportunities we'd like to have back, for sure, but I thought we had a very good chance to win in a tough place to play against a great team."

Boston hopes to get back in the win column today on home ice, where it is 18-5-2 this season compared to a 12-10-1 record on the road.

The Kings have won six of the last eight meetings with Boston, although four of those wins came after regulation. L.A. had won four straight in Beantown before the Bruins posted a 3-0 victory on Dec. 13, 2011 in the last meeting between the clubs at TD Garden.

01/20 10:45:21 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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y= clinched division title
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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