Game 77 (38-27-12)
CALGARY – The Los Angeles Kings put a halt to their two-game losing streak as they entered Calgary and came out with an important 3-0 shutout win, closing out their season series with the Flames at 2-2-0.
The Kings outshot 30-19 and were able to take advantage of Miikka Kiprusoff who wasn’t quite on top of his game as he usually is. Of course, at this time of year, there’s no reason to be analytical as Los Angeles will just happily take the two points and move back into a playoff spot.
At the 5:30 mark of the first, it was a Willie Mitchell slapper that found the back of the net to open the scoring. That stood as the game-winner. For insurance, Dustin Brown’s 20th extended the lead at 4:22 of the second. Finally, to cap it all off, Justin Williams scored into the empty-net for his 19th to clinch the victory for the road team.
En route to the win, Drew Doughty and Slava Voynov both had assists while Anze Kopitar recorded two helpers.
While he wasn’t as busy as his counterpart, Jonathan Quick was solid in goal and earned his league-leading ninth shutout of the season.
With the win, the Kings improve to 88 points and into a 7th-place tie in the West. They (and the Sharks) sit just one point behind the Dallas Stars who lead the Pacific Division after their win in Edmonton last night. Speaking of which, that’s where the Kings will be next: in Edmonton to face the Oilers on Friday night.
Let’s hope they can string together another winning streak.
Photo: Courtesy of Todd Korol/Reuters