Kings' Road Streak Ends in Overtime Heartbreak

The end of the Kings' unreal streak, the side's first loss since April

by Sededin Dedovic
Kings' Road Streak Ends in Overtime Heartbreak
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The Los Angeles Kings' incredible 11-game road winning streak, stretching back to the end of last season, finally came to an end Sunday night in New York, thanks to a thrilling overtime goal by Jean-Gabriel Pago and a remarkable comeback by the New York Islanders.

Despite taking a two-goal lead into the final period, the Kings were unable to contain a surging Islanders team that battled to a 2-2 tie on a pair of Anders Lee goals. The game went into overtime, where Pago scored the "golden" goal in just 13 seconds, assisted by Ilya Sorokin, who stood tall in the net throughout the game.

Lee picked up fame

The Islanders, who have now won four of their last five games and eight of their last 12, were led by offensive contributions from Adrian Kemp and Vladislav Gavrikov, who both scored in the second period on assists from Kevin Fijala.

However, it was Lee's heroics in the third period that really stole the show, as he was able to beat previously impenetrable Kings goaltender Cam Talbot twice. Talbot, despite making 27 saves on the night, was left helpless on Pag's overtime game-winning goal.

The Islanders forward quickly got past him and put the puck into the net, sparking wild celebrations from the home crowd. Kings coach Todd McClellan, clearly relieved to see the streak end, commented, "Starting today, nobody's going to ask me about that streak and that's good." The Islanders, with their newfound confidence and momentum, will look to continue their climb up the standings and make a serious push for the playoffs.

As for the Kings, they will undoubtedly be disappointed with the loss, but any streak must end, as sports have taught us many times. Results: Boston – Arizona 5:3 Dallas – Vegas 1:6
Calgary - New Jersey 2:4
Buffalo - Montreal 2:2, penalties 0:1
Toronto – Nashville 4:0 Detroit – Ottawa 1:5
Washington - New York Rangers 4:0
New York Islanders – Los Angeles 3:2, 2:2
Chicago - St.

Louis 3:1 Colorado - Philadelphia 2:5
Vancouver – Carolina 4:3
Seattle – Tampa Bay 3:4, 3:3