Some nights you’re just in the zone and there’s nothing anyone, no matter who good they might be, can do about it. Such was the night for Kings goalie Jonathan Quick who earned his second shutout of the season in a 5-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings tonight. “Big deal, another goalie with a shutout,” you’re saying. Not every goalie stops 51 shots in order to earn the accomplishment, however.
Quick’s 51-save performance tonight ranks out as the top goalie performance so far this year, one in which included a second period where Quick stopped 26 shots alone. Some nights you’ve got it, and then there are other nights where you’re just performing on a level not many players can pull off. Doing it against the Red Wings, the top team in the Western Conference and fourth best offense in the league, makes it all the more impressive.
Anze Kopitar had two goals for Los Angeles while Drew Doughty added three assists to give the Kings more than enough offense they’d need tonight. Detroit’s Jimmy Howard, meanwhile, was the anti-Quick stopping 21 out of 26 shots. The Wings just couldn’t find a way to solve Quick and it wasn’t for a lack of trying. A performance like this could be the spark the Kings need to vault themselves back atop the Pacific Division.
With their mothers traveling on the road trip — Matt Bartkowski‘s mom, Beth, has become a cult hero in Vancouver after another priceless media interview — the Canucks took back-to-back wins, moving them right back into the thick of the playoff fight in the Western Conference.
Up by a goal in the third period, defenseman Alex Biega played the hero, pulling the puck out of the crease after it got by Ryan Miller on a backhand shot from Kyle Chipchura, maintaining Vancouver’s lead.
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“I put my stick there, he put (the puck) under and he made a good shot. I’ve got to have a better stick in that situation, but you’ve got to give him credit for that play.”
Phaneuf finished the night with a minus-one rating and two hits in almost 22 minutes of ice time, putting him second among Sens defensemen in that category behind Erik Karlsson, who played a whopping 33:30.
Phaneuf drilled Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser with a hard slap shot early in the third period.
DeKeyser played one more shift — all of 10 seconds — before exiting the game.
Blashill says DeKeyser has a bruise, not a break. Will know more tomorrow, but probably day-to-day