Key play: Marian Gaborik scored on a breakaway 2:04 into overtime to give the Kings a 3-2 victory Saturday over the Chicago Blackhawks at Staples Center, capping a rally from a two-goal deficit after two periods. The Blackhawks lost for the first time in 43 games after leading after 40 minutes, dating to the Kings’ OT victory over Chicago in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals in 2014.
Pivotal performers: Gaborik’s tying goal with 5:55 left in the third period was set up by Anze Kopitar’s blind backhand pass to his trailing Kings teammate. Kopitar swiped the puck from Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook a moment earlier.
Quote, unquote: “We didn’t panic,” Kings defenseman Christian Ehrhoff said. “We stuck to our game plan and we just kept pushing in the third period and finally we got rewarded on (Jeff Carter’s) goal and we kept going forward. We got the tying goal and in overtime, obviously, there were a lot of chances going both ways, and we got the better of it at the end.”
Milestone moment: Chicago right wing Patrick Kane’s first-period power-play goal extended his point streak to 19 consecutive games, the longest by an American-born player in NHL history. Kane had been tied with Ed Olczyk and Phil Kessel with an 18-game streak.
News bulletin: The Kings submitted a bid to host the 2017 All-Star game at Staples Center, a team spokesman said. It would mark the 50th anniversary of the Kings, and also the Dallas Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and St. Louis Blues. The game also was held at Staples Center in 2002.