Despite Lack of Scoring, Quick Reigns Supreme in Blanking of Canucks; Improve to 28-14-5
Game 47; 28-14-5
LOS ANGELES - If the opening period was any indication, the Kingdom certainly had nothing to cheer about when it came to their team. Early on, the Los Angeles Kings were given a rare seven-minute powerplay - but nothing came of it, which resulted in many of the Staples Faithful booing their beloved team. In fact, the Kings were only able to muster seven shots all periods next to their opponent's eight.
Los Angeles's opponent was the hated Vancouver Canucks, a team they have already beaten three times this season. Eddie Lack, however, who started in the Vancouver goal in place of the injured Roberto Luongo, was up to the task early on keeping the Kings off the board. With that said, however, the Canucks themselves didn't fare any better as Jonathan Quick stood his ground to keep the game scoreless.
Offensive struggles aside, though, whenever these two clubs meet, the animosity boils over, and Monday night proved to be no exception. After Jordan Nolan made a charging hit on Henrik Sedin early on, Vancouver tough guy, Tom Sestito dropped the gloves to fight Nolan. The only problem was that Nolan wasn't having any of it, neglecting to drop his stick much less his gloves. This resulted in the aforementioned seven-minute man-advantage which the Kings could not score but where they couldn't even generate a quality scoring chance. Nevertheless, both teams escaped the opening frame unscathed.
The bad blood, however, continued. After nine penalties were called in the first, 11 infractions were called in the second.
Dustin Brown and Ryan Kesler dropped the gloves just six seconds into the period while Matt Greene took down Kevin Bieksa later in the frame. Greene was given a 10-minute misconduct on the penalty while Vancouver's Zack Kassian received one of his own later on in the second.
Thankfully, with the start of the third period came some promise for the Kings as just 24 seconds into the frame, it was Vancouver's public enemy number one breaking the deadlock. Dustin Brown potted his 10th past Eddie Lack to give Los Angeles the 1-0 lead. Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter provided the assists. From then on, it was No. 32 stealing the show.
On a rare night where the Kings were outshot in every period, the goaltending stood tall. Jonathan Quick made timely saves seemingly at will as his 28-save effort earned him his second shutout of the season and the 27th of his career as the silver-and-black once again down the Canucks for their fourth win against them this season.
With the win, Jonathan Quick picks up his 163rd-career victory moving him to within eight of Rogie Vachon's franchise mark. Speaking of team records, Quick's 27th shutout moves him to within striking distance of Vachon's franchise mark of 32.
Overall, it was a frustrating night early on as not only did the Los Angeles offense continue to sputter but their power play was simply dreadful, going 0-for-7 on the evening. Nonetheless, the Kings came though when they had and the end result is what matters most as the Kings do pick up the two points, ending their homestand on a positive note.
With that said, the silver-and-black hope to keep winning but to regain their offensive stride on Thursday when they travel to the Gateway City to take on the always-tough St. Louis Blues.