Jonathan Quick put an exclamation mark on his record setting night, making 24 saves for the shutout as he passed Rogie Vachon for sole possession of first place on the Los Angeles Kings’ franchise wins list. His teammates provided him with a rare 4 goals in support as they knocked off the Florida Panthers 4-0 to end their 5 game homestand at 2-3.
The win did come with a cost, as captain Dustin Brown left the game in the second period after being injured in a pileup along the side boards. He ended up getting up and knocking home a loose puck in the goalmouth area for the goal and played one more shift before departing for good.
Trevor Lewis has the opening goal, and as it turned out, the game winner when he pounced on a loose puck in the slot just past the 11 minute mark of the first period. Mike Richards doubled the lead six minutes later with Mike Richards walking out of the corner and stuffing it past Roberto Luongo.
Brown made it 3-0 before the midway point of the third and Alec Martinez capped the scoring with a power play goal walking in from the point and putting a wrist shot through Luongo.
NOTES & OBSERVATIONS
- This was a win the Kings should have had, and did get. The big test will be the upcoming road trip that will see them face a couple of hot Eastern Conference teams including the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins. They haven’t had a ton of success against the “good” NHL teams, and this trip could send a message.
- Now that Quick is #1, he sets a new franchise mark every time he wins, and the sky is the limit with his ability and the team in front of him.
- The win, combined with Phoenix’s loss to the Bruins means the Kings are a more comfortable 7 points up on the Coyotes for the 3rd playoff spot in the Pacific Division.
The Kings head East to play the red-hot Flyers to open the trip on Monday night.