One can imagine Los Angeles Kings head coach Terry Murray sitting in the coaches room with a big smile on his face tonight.
Indeed, after a less-than-lackluster effort in a 2-1 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes at Staples Center on Friday night, the Kings, from the players to the coaches, all talked about coming to the rink prepared to play, both mentally and physically and putting in a solid, sixty-minute effort, something they failed to do on Friday night.
Their poor effort was a sore spot for them and they responded with the solid, intense, sixty-minute effort they were looking for in a 4-0 shutout victory over those same Phoenix Coyotes, this time in front of a disappointed crowd of 16,199 fans at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Arizona on Saturday night.
After the first few shifts when it looked like the Kings were going to come out with a slow start once again, they turned things around quickly and began to make the Coyotes look as bad as they did on Friday night, if not worse.
Left wing enforcer Raitis Ivanans opened the scoring with his second goal of the season, firing a wrist shot from outside the left face-off dot that deflected in off a Coyotes defender at 14:09 of the first period.
That would be indicative of the kind of game it would be for the Coyotes, who not only put in a lackluster effort, but suffered from bad luck as well.
Right wing Alexander Frolov deflected a point shot past Phoenix goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov at 17:27 of the first period with his team on the power play to give the Kings a 2-0 lead.
Center Jarret Stoll scored a power play goal of his own at 19:40, taking a cross-ice feed from right wing Teddy Purcell, putting the Kings up 3-0 after the first period.
Frolov scored off a goal mouth scramble at 8:56 of the second period to close out the scoring, but the Coyotes did get their share of scoring opportunities in the third, as the Kings took five minor penalties, giving the Coyotes one power play chance after another.
But the Kings’ penalty-killers shut down the Coyotes, who only came close twice, both times hitting the goal post. The Kings also killed off two five-on-three disadvantages.
Rookie goaltender Jonathan Quick was very sharp, making 26 saves, several of them of the difficult variety, earning his second shutout of the season and in the National Hockey League.
NOTES: Stoll (goal, assist), Frolov (two goals), Kyle Quincey (two assists) and Purcell (two assists) had multi-point games; the Kings won at Phoenix for the first time since March 20, 2008, a 4-0 shutout victory with Erik Ersberg in goal.
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