LOS ANGELES — After losing three straight and finding themselves one point out of the Western Conference playoff race, the Los Angeles Kings needed to turn things around in a big way, and they got the job done with a 4-0 shutout victory over the Anaheim Ducks in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center on January 14.
The Kings established a forecheck and kept it going throughout the game. More important, they went to the front of the net consistently and all four of their goals were scored as a result of traffic in front of the Anaheim net.
Michal Handzus opened the scoring at 17:56 of the first period, deflecting a point shot past Anaheim goaltender Jonas Hiller.
The Kings scored three goals in the second period, with Scott Parse scoring on another deflected point shot at the 6:02 mark.
Dustin Brown drove hard to the front of the net and after being knocked down in the crease, he re-directed a pass from winger Alexander Frolov past Hiller at 12:43.
The goal was Brown’s 100th National Hockey League goal.
Wayne Simmonds scored at 19:57 after he threw the puck on net from a bad angle. Anaheim goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who replaced Hiller after Brown scored, dragged the puck into his own net as he moved to his left.
There was no scoring in the third period, as the Ducks appeared to be more interested in beating up on the Kings. The two teams combined for 87 penalty minutes, with 69 coming in the third period (47 for the Ducks, 22 for the Kings).
At the 19:52 mark, Ducks winger Bobby Ryan hit Kings winger Oscar Moller in the left corner of the Anaheim zone very hard. Ryan, who started his run at Moller from the top of the left circle, received a major penalty for charging, a minor penalty for roughing and a game misconduct on the play and could face a suspension by the NHL.
Moller was uninjured.
Jonathan Quick got the start in goal for the Kings, stopping 22 shots and earning his first shutout of the season and his fifth in the NHL.
- The 87 combined penalty minutes in the game is a season high for the Kings and an opponent. The previous was 81 on December 30 at Calgary.
- Quick’s shutout tied him with Roman Cechmanek for tenth all-time in Kings history.
- This was the second shutout in Kings’ franchise history against the Ducks. The first was by Jamie Storr in a 1-0 win on April 14, 2002.
- Frolov is now one assist away from 200 in the NHL and as with the Kings.
- The Kings are now 11-3-1 vs. the Pacific Division.
- The previous nine Kings home games were decided by one goal.
- Drew Doughty has nine assists in his last seven games and eleven points in his last nine games (goal, ten assists).
- Handzus’ goal was his fifth game-winning goal of the season. He leads the team in game-winning goals.
Audio Interviews (raw, unedited)
Dustin Brown (3:51)
Terry Murray (6:55)
Wayne Simmonds (2:29)
Game Highlights From NHL Video On YouTube
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