LOS ANGELES — Justin Williams scored a highlight-reel goal early in the third period while Jonathan Quick stopped all 24 shots he faced to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center in Los Angeles on November 4.
Going into action on November 4, the Kings were tied in points for first place in the National Hockey League’s overall standings with the Lightning, led by star center Steven Stamkos, the league leader in goals, assists and overall scoring with ten goals and ten assists for twenty points in eleven games.
Stamkos still leads the league in those categories after the loss to the Kings, but was limited to three shots on 23 shifts and 20:24 of ice time.
Kings defenseman Drew Doughty returned to action after missing six games with a concussion and led the Kings in ice time (24:44).
Williams, who has scored six goals with six assists for twelve points in twelve games, scored the lone goal in the game on a highlight-reel spin move while all alone in front of Lightning goaltender Mike Smith, who was 4-0 coming into the game.
The goal extended Williams’ goal-scoring streak to four games, tying a career high that he set in December, 2006. He also extended his point scoring streak to six games with four goals and three assists for seven points.
Quick earned the ninth shutout of his NHL career, and is now 8-1 on the season with a 1.64 goals-against average and a .942 save percentage.
With the win, the Kings find themselves all alone atop the overall league standings with a 9-3-0 record, good for 18 points. They are one point ahead of the 8-4-1 Philadelphia Flyers.
- The Kings’ 18 points in the first twelve games is tied for the third most in franchise history (the Kings were 7-1-1 for 18 points in the 1974-75 season). The 1980-81 Kings earned the most points after twelve games in franchise history with a 10-1-1 record, good for 21 points.
- The five-game home winning streak to start the season is the third longest in franchise history. The 1975-76 and 1980-81 teams both started 7-0-0.
- The last time the Kings won a 1-0 game was on March 20, 2010 against the New York Islanders, with Quick in goal.
- The line of Ryan Smyth, Jarret Stoll and Williams have combined for thirty points in the last ten games on twelve goals and 18 assists.
- The Kings have just allowed seven goals in the third period all season.
- The Kings, who killed all three Lightning power plays in this game, have also killed 38 of their last 41 penalties for a 92.7 percent rating.
Raw Audio Interviews (edited to remove extraneous material and dead air):
Anze Kopitar (1:11)
Jonathan Quick (1:47)
Justin Williams (4:28)
Terry Murray (8:25)
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