With their surge to the top of the Pacific Division slowed by an overtime loss, the Los Angeles Kings look to get back on the winning track when they visit the struggling Washington Capitals at the MCI Center.
The Kings lost 3-2 at Carolina on Saturday when Eric Staal scored with 2:16 left in the extra period, ending Los Angeles’ three-game winning streak.
By earning a point, though, the Kings pulled into a tie with Dallas for first place in the Pacific.
“It was just one of those things,” Kings defenseman Jaroslav Modry said. “We had lots of power-play chances, but we couldn’t cash in.”
Ziggy Palffy scored a power-play goal with 22.2 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime, but Los Angeles went 1-for-8 on the power play and lost despite outshooting the Hurricanes 35-17.
The Kings, who had won four straight on the road, are 2-0-0-1 on their four-game trip through the Southeast Division. Los Angeles beat Florida and Tampa Bay last week.
The Kings open a three-game homestand Thursday against Toronto.
The Capitals continued to struggle with a 3-2 loss to San Jose on Saturday. Jonathan Cheechoo’s goal snapped a second-period tie for the Sharks, who came in with one win in their previous 10 games (1-3-5-1).
Bondra appeared to tie the game with 5.8 seconds left in regulation, but the goal was disallowed after a four-minute video replay review because he kicked the puck in.
“I swung my stick and swung pretty much my whole body, whatever was left on that side, and the guy was pulling me away from the play,” Bondra said. “It was so close, it could go either way, so I was hoping they would make the right decision.”
“We turn the puck over and it seems to be someone different every night,” Capitals coach Bruce Cassidy said.
The Caps will be playing the second game of a four-game homestand.
STANDINGS (through Nov. 8): Kings - 15 points, 1st place (tied), Pacific Division. Capitals - 7 points, 5th place, 11 PB, Southeast Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Kings - Palffy and Derek Armstrong, 5 goals; Palffy, 15 assists and 20 points; Sean Avery, 51 PIM. Capitals - Robert Lang and Bondra, 5 goals; Sergei Gonchar, 11 assists; Lang, 15 points; Jason Doig, 38 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through Nov. 8): Kings - Power play: 17.1 percent (14 for 82), 12th in NHL. Penalty killing: 71.9 percent (41 for 57), 30th. Capitals - Power play: 18.6 percent (13 for 70), 7th. Penalty killing: 80.3 percent (53 for 66), 24th.
2002-03 SEASON SERIES: Kings, 1-0.
LAST MEETING: March 14; Kings, 3-1. At Washington, rookie Alexander Frolov scored twice and Huet made 21 saves as the Kings knocked the Capitals out of the top spot in the Southeast.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Kings - 4-1-0-1 on the road; Capitals - 2-3-0-0 at home.