Staal lifts Penguins past Kings in overtime

PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - The Pittsburgh Penguins used a timeout in overtime to allow their players to catch their breath and were rewarded with a goal to edge the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 on Thursday.

Unable to change their players following an icing call the Penguins took the timeout to give their clearly fatigued team a break prior to a defensive zone faceoff.

Brett Sterling scored his first goal as a Penguin to open the scoring but the Kings dominated much of the play in the first period which allowed Jarret Stoll to equalize.

"I came off the bench late on the change and I was just sneaking down the slot," Sterling said.

"When you get that much time in the slot, you're hoping you can bury it."

The Penguins dominated the second period outshooting the Kings 11-2, but were on their heels again in the third as the Kings outshot them 14-8.

"If you get points in every single game, one point, two points, that's a good road trip," Quick said.

"But with that said, they have a lot of guys out of the lineup. This was a game we needed to win."

The Penguins were without their three top scoring forwards, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Chris Kunitz, and had to call up four players, including Sterling, from the minor league team earlier on Thursday.

The win was the 100th for Penguins coach Dan Bylsma and moves Pittsburgh to within one point of the Atlantic Division leading Philadelphia Flyers.

(Reporting by Mike Mouat in Windsor, Ontario; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)