Kings 3, Penguins 2, OT
PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Yanic Perrault scored at 40 seconds of overtime as the Los Angeles Kings remained undefeated with a 3-2 win Saturday night over the Pittsburgh Penguins, who played for the fisrt time this season without Mario Lemieux.
Perrault’s goal helped the Kings improve to 4-0-3, the best start in franchise history. Rick Tocchet, who scored the tying goal, backhanded a centering pass past defenseman Chris Tamer from behind the net. Perrault beat Ken Wregget with a backhander from close range for his fourth goal.
General Manager Craig Patrick said Lemieux was scratched as a precaution because ``Mario got banged up a little and played more than we expected″ in Friday night’s 2-2 tie at Hartford.
The Kings came back from a 2-0 deficit, starting with John Druce’s goal at 17:45 of the second period. Druce one-timed Kevin Todd’s pass from the top of the right circle for his second.
Tocchet scored on a power play with an assist from Wayne Gretzky at 7:42 of the third to tie the score. Tocchet has points in all seven of the Kings’ games this season.
Pittsburgh’s Jaromir Jagr jumped on a loose puck and held his balance after being checked by defenseman Michel Petit to score his sixth at 15:55 of the first.
Tomas Sandstrom scored his sixth at 16:12 of the second to give Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead. Markus Naslund tried to shoot and wound up steering the puck to Sandstrom, who put a shot in off Jamie Storr’s arm from the side of the net. The goal came just after the Penguins’ power play had failed to get a shot on goal in four minutes with a man advantage.
Storr made his second start of the season. Byron Dafoe had played all but 22 minutes in goal this season for the Kings.