The Los Angeles Kings’ offense has been anemic lately, but Jonathan Quick didn’t need much help from the team’s forwards tonight. He saved all 22 Sharks shots in the Kings’ 1-0 win over San Jose.
Anze Kopitar was the only player to find the back of the net tonight and simultaneously ended Sharks goaltender Alex Stalock’s franchise record-breaking shutout streak and Los Angeles’ 154:43 minutes scoring drought.
Jeff Carter and Jake Muzzin registered assists, but Kopitar deserves most of the credit for this goal:
This was a game of ending streaks. San Jose had won its previous six contests while the Kings had lost five in a row. Even after tonight’s contest, the Sharks have an eight-point lead over Los Angeles in the battle for second place in the Pacific Division.
San Jose will head on the road, but they will face the Western Conference’s two worst teams in Calgary and Edmonton. Meanwhile, the Kings will try to build on tonight’s victory in Phoenix on Tuesday.
First regular season #LAKings win in San Jose since 12/27/10. Including playoffs, that's nine straight one goal road games in the series.
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.