Thursday, October 20, 2011
Kings: Jonathan Quick gets career win No. 100
By Dan Arritt
Jonathan Quick posted his second consecutive shutout in the Kings' 2-0 win at Phoenix on Thursday.
Kings 2, Phoenix Coyotes 0
Eight keys to the game:
THE FACTS: Kings goalie Jonathan Quick stopped 28 shots at Jobing.com Arena to record his 100th career victory and improve his season record to 4-0-1.
THE STAT: Quick recorded his 16th career shutout and first in back-to-back games. The last time the Kings recorded consecutive shutouts was April 1 and 3 of 2006, when Mathieu Garon posted two straight 1-0 wins against Dallas and Vancouver.
TURNING POINT: The Kings went on the power play with 17 seconds remaining in the first period after Daymond Langkow was called for hooking Anze Kopitar. The man advantage carried over into the second period and the Kings took advantage, as Kopitar passed the puck down low to Mike Richards, who sent it through the crease to Dustin Brown and he did the rest, poking it past Mike Smith for a 1-0 lead. The Kings have power-play goals in five of six games this season.
HOT: Kopitar now has 10 points in six games, scoring in each contest this season.
NOT: The Kings recorded just 22 shots on goal and have been held to single digits in seven of the last eight periods.
GOOD MOVE: The fourth line contributed the second goal for the Kings. Matt Greene forwarded the puck to Kevin Westgarth, who carried it into the offensive zone and then slid it over to Kyle Clifford, who sent a quick wrist shot past Smith for a two-goal lead with 4:37 left in the second period.
BAD MOVE: While holding a two-goal lead in the third period, Ethan Moreau and Brad Richardson were each whistled for needless penalties, giving the Coyotes a chance to get back in the game.
NOTABLE: After committing eight giveaways in the first period alone Tuesday night against visiting St. Louis, the Kings did not have any against Phoenix. ... Kopitar has not scored a goal in nine straight games against the Coyotes, his longest drought against any team in the NHL.
UP NEXT: Saturday vs. the Dallas Stars at Staples Center, 7:30 p.m.