Thursday, January 20, 2011
Kings: Bryzgalov stymies the Kings, 2-0
By Dan Arritt
LOS ANGELES — The Kings had every opportunity to beat the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night. They just couldn’t beat Ilya Bryzgalov.
Bryzagalov, the former Anaheim Ducks goalkeeper, stopped all 36 shots the Kings sent at him and received a few fortuitous bounces on the ones he didn’t, adding up to a 2-0 victory in front of a sparse but restless crowd at Staples Center, who saw their team lose for the 10th time in the last 12 games.
Bryzgalov, who recorded his third shutout of the season and 19th of his career, helped kill six power plays by the Kings, who ran their scoreless streak on the man-advantage to 19 straight power plays over the last six games. They’ve scored a total of two goals in the last three games.
Defensively, the Kings did a decent job, limiting the Coyotes to 15 shots on goal, the lowest total by an opponent this season. Unfortunately, two of those got past Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, who has lost seven of his last eight starts after winning nine of his first 10.
The Kings previously had a high probability of winning games when they allowed two goals or fewer, bringing a 20-5-0 record into the game, but even that’s no longer a strong possibility.