LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings took an early three-goal lead and then gave it all back to the Washington Capitals in the third period.
Jeff Carter made sure the Kings edged the NHL leaders in a thriller that might have a little extra meaning in a few months.
“If we want to win the Cup, there’s a good chance we’ll have to go through them,” Carter said.
Carter scored with 2:10 left in overtime and the Kings rebounded for a 4-3 victory over Washington on Wednesday night.
Vincent Lecavalier, Jake Muzzin and Milan Lucic scored in a dominant first period for the Kings, who reclaimed the Pacific Division lead from Anaheim with their seventh victory in nine games.
T.J. Oshie, Nicklas Backstrom and Dmitry Orlov scored in the third for the Capitals, who awoke from two somnolent periods for a furious finish. Braden Holtby stopped 26 shots in Washington’s second loss in six games.
“It’s a good experience for us because we bounced back against a good team,” said captain Alex Ovechkin, who is in his first four-game goal drought since mid-November. “We just can’t…