Kings Defenseman Scores First Career Goal in L.A. Comeback Victory

Brandt Clarke scored his first NHL goal in overtime, leading the Kings to a 5-4 comeback victory over the Bruins, despite facing a potential setback due to a penalty he incurred earlier in the overtime period.

Brandt Clarke, Kings’ defenseman, couldn’t have chosen a better moment for his first NHL goal. Seriously, talk about timing.

His wrist shot, just over four minutes into overtime, was a game-changer. It clinched the Kings a 5-4 victory over the Bruins. And what a game it was.

Clarke, the 8th pick in the 2021 draft, hasn’t had the easiest season. Before Saturday, he’d only played 16 games, seven of which were this season. A pesky shoulder injury has been holding him back. But man, did he step up when it counted.

His overtime goal? It wasn’t just a goal. It saved him from being the night’s villain. Earlier, he’d gotten a penalty for hooking Bruins’ right wing, David Pastrnak. It was a tense moment. But the Kings killed off the power play, setting the stage for Clarke’s redemption.

He left the penalty box, caught a breakaway pass from Phillip Danault, and nailed it. That assist was Danault’s 21st of the year, by the way. The Bruins, leading 4-3 for most of the third period, were probably feeling pretty confident. Until they weren’t.

Kings’ center Anze Kopitar turned the tables with an empty-netter during a power play. Just 1:35 left on the clock. Boom. Overtime.

And in the end? The Kings now sit comfortably with 62 points. They’re holding onto that top wild-card spot in the Western Conference like it’s gold. Because, well, it kind of is.

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson is a Senior Writer for HockeyMonitor. With a background in Sports Media, Alex joined the team in 2022. He focuses on providing the latest hockey news, game scores, and fresh NHL trade rumors.

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