Dawson Mercer’s OT goal caps Devils’ rally past Kings

Dawson Mercer’s OT goal caps Devils’ rally past Kings

Dawson Mercer remained red-hot Thursday night, when he scored late in the second period to begin a comeback from a two-goal deficit before collecting his first overtime goal to lift the host New Jersey Devils to a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings in Newark, N.J.Nico Hischier forced overtime by redirecting a shot by Jack Hughes with 38.6 seconds left in regulation before the Devils dominated the extra session. Hughes almost scored twice in the opening seconds before Mercer, who had just leaped onto the ice, possessed the puck at the edge of the Kings’ zone before passing to Dougie Hamilton.Mercer then dashed past Drew Doughty and into the crease, where he took a pass from Hamilton and chipped the puck past Pheonix Copley for his seventh goal in the last five games.Tomas Tatar scored in the second period for the Devils, who have won three of four. Goalie Vitek Vanecek made 19 saves.Anze Kopitar, Viktor Arvidsson and Sean Durzi scored for the Kings, who have lost the first two games of a five-game road trip. Copley made 28 saves.The Kings took the lead by scoring on two odd-man rushes in a span of a little more than four minutes in the first period.Durzi’s pass through the neutral zones hit Kopitar in stride before the center, streaking in alone, shuffled the puck and beat Vanecek beneath his legs at 7:24.


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