"We could have been better at the start of the third for sure".
Nate Thompson's goal cut it to 4-3 with 10:41 to play.
The alternate captain is now on a hot streak, as he has collected four goals and two assists in his last three games. On the board by way of an Alex Iafallo strike at the 8:13 mark of the period, Anze Kopitar scored just 5:49 later to give Los Angeles a 2-1 edge after 40 minutes by way of a 16-7 advantage in the middle frame.
And though the aforementioned numbers were damning, the Bruins opened the third period like a team possessed, with three goals in 3:29, and suddenly found themselves protecting a two-goal edge. Quick made 28 saves.
Trailing 1-0 midway into the second period, the Kings scored twice in just under 6 minutes to move ahead.
Kopitar made it 2-1 when he one-timed a pass from Dustin Brown from the bottom of the right circle at 14:02. Three days after they dropped a 4-3 shootout to the New York Rangers despite holding a two-goal lead in the third period the Bruins grabbed a two-goal lead in the third against the Kings and then let Los Angeles tie the score to force overtime. The goal was his 20th tally of the season and capped a game in which he found Marchand for a shorthanded score in the first period, then delivered a handsome no-look assist to Charlie McAvoy in the second. The others to reach the milestone with all the games in a Boston uniform are Hall of Famers Ray Bourque and John Bucyk, current GM Don Sweeney and Wayne Cashman.
But the Bruins have fallen back to their early season ways since returning from the All-Star break, no longer as injury-plagued as they were before, but still middling and seemingly entire incapable of living up to their full potential.
It was the opener of a Los Angeles-Boston doubleheader in TD Garden.
Kings: At the Capitals on Monday night.
NOTE: The Bruins host the Colorado Avalanche in another matinee Sunday afternoon.