LOS ANGELES—Few goalkeepers have performed better this season when matched against Tim Thomas of Boston.
Jonathan Quick has been the exception.
Quick stopped 33 shots Monday night to lead the Kings to a 2-0 victory against the Bruins at Staples Center, their first two-game win streak since Dec. 26-27.
The shutout was the 13th of Quick’s career and the fifth this season, moving him into a tie for third for the league lead. Quick outplayed Thomas for the second time this season while improving his career record against Boston to 5-0.
Thomas came in leading the NHL in goals-against average (1.83) and save percentage (9.45), but owning an 0-0-4 career mark against the Kings. He was strong in the net, stopping 32 shots, but not strong enough.
Quick won a second consecutive start for the first time since late December. He was good from start to finish, putting the brakes on a 2-on-1 in the game’s first 75 seconds, then making a brilliant save on another odd-man rush early in the third period.
A couple minutes later, Anze Kopitar stole the puck in the neutral zone, passed ahead to Dustin Brown who fed a shot from a side angle at Thomas. The puck trickled through the crease, where rookie Andrei Loktionov was waiting on the other side to tap it in for a 2-0 lead with 16:30 remaining in the game.
Ryan Smyth scored the other goal on a first-period power play, ending an 0-for-22 skid for the Kings with the man advantage.
With the victory, the Kings moved within three points of Colorado for eighth in the Western Conference standings.
More to come from the locker room.