BOSTON (AP) - Dustin Brown scored with 34 seconds left in overtime to give the Los Angeles Kings a 3-2 come-from-behind win over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.
Brown converted a rebound of Sean O’Donnell’s shot for his 24th goal, capping a comeback from a 2-0 deficit midway through the third period.
Boston got goals from Matt Hunwick in the first period, and Mark Recchi in the second as it attempted to clinch a playoff berth with a win.
But Michal Handzus scored on a power play for Los Angeles with 10:10 left in the third period, and rookie defenseman Drew Doughty tied it with 1:36 remaining in regulation.
The Kings began their winning play from deep in their own end. Bruins goalie Tim Thomas made a kick save on O’Donnell’s shot, but had little chance to stop Brown.
Until the late rally, the Bruins seemed poised to become the first Eastern Conference team to earn a postseason spot. Detroit and San Jose already have made it in the Western Conference. Now the challenge to keep their conference lead is greater as New Jersey, which trails the Bruins by five points but has played two fewer games, visits Boston on Sunday.
The loss stalled a mini-surge by the Bruins, who had been 2-1 in their previous three games after a 4-8-3 stretch. Before that they were 37-6-3.
Handzus began the comeback with a power-play goal when he converted a rebound from the side of the net on a shot by Teddy Purcell. Handzus’ 16th goal of the season came with 11 seconds left in a penalty to Aaron Ward.
The Kings tied it on Doughty’s fifth goal. Wayne Simmonds’ shot from just in front of Thomas hit the post to the goalie’s left and ricocheted to Doughty, who knocked the puck in from the other corner of the net.
Hunwick, a healthy scratch the last five games, gave Boston a 1-0 lead at 14:41 of the first period with his sixth goal of the season. Stephane Yelle, who missed the previous five games with an upper body injury, fed the puck from behind the net to Hunwick, who beat goalie Jonathan Quick with a fast shot from the slot.
Recchi made it 2-0 at 3:48 of the second period with his 17th goal of the season, the first 13 with Tampa Bay.
Chuck Kobasew started the play when he knocked Jack Johnson off the puck behind the Los Angeles net and fed it out to Patrice Bergeron. Bergeron then passed to Recchi, who put the puck from the slot into the open side of the net to Quick’s right.
Notes:@ The Kings started a six-game trip Thursday. They’re five points out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. … The Bruins are in the midst of a slow stretch with two games in 12 days. They have five days off after facing the Devils on Sunday.
(This version CORRECTS Kings 3, Bruins 2, OT. SUBS 4th graf to correct spelling of “Michal”)