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Kings fall in overtime against Senators

Another night meant another one-goal game for the Kings as they lost to the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in overtime at Arena Sunday, ascending the Kings to the top of the leaderboard in terms of one-goal games played.

Of their 11 thin-margin matches, they’ve won seven, tying them with five other franchises for the most one-goal victories.

Winger Arthur Kaliyev tallied twice on the power play and center Phillip Danault earned assists on both goals. Jonathan Quick was the busier netminder, making 36 of 39 saves.

Wingers Brady Tkachuk, Alex DeBrincat and Claude Giroux each scored goals for Ottawa, with Tkachuk and Giroux also contributing an assist apiece. Forward Tim Stutzle added two helpers. Cam Talbot stopped 25 shots.

A mere 20 seconds into overtime, Ottawa finished the job off a long, lofted backhand saucer pass from Stutzle to Giroux, who had snuck behind defenseman Drew Doughty. He finished a breakaway with a nifty series of moves that included a fake shot and a forehand-backhand-forehand move.

The third period was played to a scoreless draw with defenseman Sean Durzi’s deke, Jaret Anderson-Dolan’s breakaway and winger Viktor Arvidsson’s individual effort to create a scoring chance generating the most excitement for the Kings.

In the second period, the Sens nearly converted on their second power play, which came off the Kings’ second offensive-zone penalty. But Quick robbed Tkachuk from close range and got help from his post on a sterling opportunity for winger Drake Batherson.

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