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Johnson clinches win in shootout : KINGS 4, FLORIDA 3 (SO)

November 17, 2009|Associated Press

SUNRISE, FLA. — Jack Johnson couldn't finish his end-to-end rush in overtime. The Kings defenseman didn't miss his chance in the shootout.

Johnson scored the only goal in the shootout, rallying the Kings to a 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers on Monday.

"I just wanted to make sure we got the two points," Johnson said. "In that situation, it's you against him [the goalie] and you want to make it count."

Johnson's rush in the final 10 seconds was the best scoring chance for either team in the extra period. He lost control of the puck after beating Jordan Leopold and skating in alone on Tomas Vokoun.

In the shootout, he scored after Anze Kopitar shot wide on the Kings' first shootout attempt. Johnson beat Vokoun after a deke to his forehand.

"I definitely wanted to help the team win in any way I could, whether it was in the overtime or the shootout," Johnson said. "I'm glad it worked out for us."

Jonathan Quick stopped Rostislav Olesz and Steven Reinprecht before clinching the victory with a save on Cory Stillman's backhand off a fake.

"It could go either way [in the shootout]," Quick said. "You just try to make the stops and let the rest take care of itself."

Johnson and Jarret Stoll scored power-play goals, and Randy Jones scored short-handed for the Kings, who came back from a 2-0 deficit and ended a five-game trip at 3-2.

Quick finished with 26 saves for the Kings, who beat Florida for the fifth straight time.

Kings left winger Ryan Smyth sustained an upper-body injury in the third period and did not return. He will be evaluated today.

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