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KINGS 2, TAMPA BAY 1 (SO) : Quick and Kings rebound nicely

November 15, 2009|Associated Press

TAMPA, FLA. — Jonathan Quick and the Kings rebounded quickly from a one-sided loss.

Anze Kopitar scored the lone shootout goal as the Kings beat the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-1, Saturday night. Quick stopped 28 shots, helping the Kings win one day after they were routed 7-0 by the Atlanta Thrashers.

"That felt great," Quick said. "[Friday's] game was a rough one, so it was great to see the way the team battled back the night after on the road. Everyone just dug in deep and played a great game."

Drew Doughty scored in regulation for the Kings, who won for the second time in five games.

The Lightning got a goal from Ryan Malone, and Antero Niittymaki made 29 saves for Tampa Bay, 5-0-4 at home.

Doughty put the Kings ahead, 1-0, from the high slot during a power play at 7 minutes 20 seconds of the third period. Malone tied it on a rebound wraparound goal with 8:21 left in the period.

Tampa Bay had a goal with 1:40 left in overtime disallowed because of goaltender interference. It appeared that Tampa Bay forward Paul Szczechura might have been pushed into Quick by a Kings player during Andrej Meszaros' shot from the blue line.

"I was going to the net to try and get into the goalie's eyes there with a screen," Szczechura said. "I got pushed in there."

The call by referee Frederick L'Ecuyer wasn't allowed to be reviewed by video replay. "In the eyes of the referee, the goaltender was clearly interfered with by the attacking player," NHL referee supervisor Don Koharski said.

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