NHL

Kopitar lifts LA Kings past Maple Leafs 3-2 in shootout

  • Los Angeles Kings center Trevor Lewis, left, puts Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Alexey Marchenko, of Russia, into the boards during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, March 2, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Los Angeles Kings center Trevor Lewis, left, puts Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Alexey Marchenko, of Russia, into the boards during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, March 2, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)  (The Associated Press)

  • Los Angeles Kings right wing Jarome Iginla skates during the second period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Thursday, March 2, 2017, in Los Angeles. Iginla was recently traded from the Colorado Avalanche. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Los Angeles Kings right wing Jarome Iginla skates during the second period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Thursday, March 2, 2017, in Los Angeles. Iginla was recently traded from the Colorado Avalanche. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)  (The Associated Press)

  • Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin, left, and Toronto Maple Leafs center Zach Hyman vie for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, March 2, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin, left, and Toronto Maple Leafs center Zach Hyman vie for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, March 2, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)  (The Associated Press)

Kings captain Anze Kopitar snapped a 13-game goal drought in regulation and scored again in the shootout, leading Los Angeles back from a two-goal deficit in the third period for a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.

Kopitar and Tanner Pearson scored early in the third to tie it for the Kings, who opened a seven-game homestand with a key win for their playoff hopes.

Jonathan Quick stopped 29 shots and denied all three Maple Leafs players in the shootout, propelling Los Angeles to its first shootout victory in four tries since Oct. 22.

Tyler Bozak and Nikita Zaitsev scored early goals for the Maple Leafs, losers of four straight. Toronto also fell to 1-8 in shootouts this season.