Jonathan Quick

Carolina hangs on for second straight win


For the second time in as many nights the Carolina Hurricanes have a win.

The ‘Canes hung on for a 3-2 win Sunday night against the defending Stanley Cup champion L.A. Kings.

The Canes are now 2-0-0 to start November after going 0-6-2 last month.

Carolina last won back-to-back games to conclude the 2013-14 season.

The Kings meanwhile have yet to win on the road this season falling to 0-4-2 away from the Staples Center.

Victor Rask opened the scoring with his first NHL goal.

Chris Terry gave Carolina 2-0 lead early in the second period.

After Mike Richards got the Kings on the board, Elias Lindholm picked up the eventual game winner.

Alec Martinez had the other L.A. goal.

Jonathan Quick made 29 saves in the loss while Cam Ward made 27 saves for his second straight win of the season.

Goalie nods: Cam Ward, Hurricanes boldly go for two wins in a row

News and notes from the crease …

Cam and Carolina try to build something

The Carolina Hurricanes won their first game of the season last night, everybody. /sets off fireworks

Maybe the most promising sign was the beleaguered goalie Cam Ward registered a shutout. With Anton Khudobin off to a pretty lousy start (after basically stealing the starting gig in 2013-14), Ward could improve his chances of being the unquestioned No. 1 with another strong performance tonight.

That’s not to say that he has an easy task at hand. The Hurricanes face a Los Angeles Kings team that’s angry (three-game losing streak) and is expected to get Anze Kopitar back. The expectation is that Jonathan Quick will be in net for Los Angeles.

Elsewhere …

Red Wings at Sabres: Jimmy Howard will be in net for Detroit against Michal Neuvirth and the Buffalo Sabres.

Coyotes at Capitals: A battle of the backups as Devan Dubnyk’s in for Phoenix while Justin Peters minds the Washington net.

Flames at Canadiens: Jonas Hiller attempts to strengthen his grip on the Flames’ top spot while Carey Price goes for Montreal.

Ducks at Avalanche: It at least looks like John Gibson gets a third start in four games for Anaheim against Colorado’s workhorse Semyon Varlamov.

The late games are quite a toss-up right now, be warned.

Jets at Blackhawks: With back-to-back games for both teams, this is a tough one as nothing’s been confirmed. It looks like Michael Hutchinson for Winnipeg and Corey Crawford for Chicago.

Predators at Canucks: These haven’t been confirmed either, yet it would make sense if Pekka Rinne played for Nashville while Eddie Lack spells Ryan Miller for Vancouver.

‘What’s concerning about it?’ Kings fall after disastrous first period


It was 20 minutes that cost the L.A. Kings.

The Detroit Red Wings put up a four-spot on the defending champions in the opening period of Friday’s game, then played their way to a 5-2 victory, handing L.A. its third loss on this current five-game road trip.

During a stoppage in play, fans in Detroit stood up and cheered to show their support for Gordie Howe, who suffered a stroke on Sunday.

Jonathan Quick, who gave up all four goals on just 12 shots, remained in the game. He was perfect after that, as Detroit’s final goal came with an empty net.

Despite their efforts to chip away at the deficit, the Kings’ comeback hopes were eventually dashed. Jimmy Howard played a part, as he denied Dustin Brown on a weak penalty shot attempt in the third period, maintaining Detroit’s two-goal lead at the time.

So, what did Kings’ head coach Darryl Sutter have to say about the opening period?

“You know what? It’s not ‘concerning.’ What’s concerning about it?” Sutter asked, according to LA Kings Insider.

“I mean, you’re going to have leads and you’re not going to have leads. The bottom line is we’ve just played three in four nights, so they’re sitting there waiting. They’ve got four fast lines, six defensemen who can move the puck. They’re going to do that, and that’s what they did. They scored one on a couple power plays – they scored on every opportunity they had.”

Known for only giving one-word answers, or very brief answers, Sutter spoke at great length following this loss. The Kings have two games remaining on the trip – Sunday in Carolina and Tuesday in Dallas.

“I mean, quite honest, we’ve played some guys more than they’ve had to, some guys less than we’ve had to. It’s all part and parcel with what’s going on with our team right now,” Sutter continued, as per LA Kings Insider.

“It’s not a very consistent lineup and it’s hurt us. It’s cost us games. We talked about it when we had the long home stand that we were going to have a tough trip, and we had lots going on. We’ll win some. It’s not that hard to figure out. We’ll win some and we’ll lose some.”

Video: Tatar buries nifty Nyquist pass, Red Wings lighting up Kings (Updated)


Gustav Nyquist showed balance and deft passing ability. Tomas Tatar went to the net with his stick on the ice. Just like that, 4-0 for the Detroit Red Wings over the L.A. Kings. In the first period.

Yes, you read correctly.

Leading the way offensively for the Red Wings was Nyquist, who had two goals and then the helper, and there’s still plenty of time left in this one. The first intermission came earlier than expected, perhaps thankfully for the Kings, due to broken glass, meaning the final 1:52 of a disastrous opening period would be played after the break, according to the NHL.

Despite Detroit’s quick start – Kings goalie Jonathan Quick allowed four goals on 12 shots before the earlier break – it wasn’t all good news for the Red Wings, who announced defenseman Kyle Quincey will not return to the game due to a lower-body injury, according to Ansar Khan of

From after the game:

Detroit defenseman Kyle Quincey played six shifts in the first period before leaving with an ankle injury. Babcock said he didn’t know if it was short-term or long-term.

Quick remained in the game to begin the second period. The Kings are coming off a 3-0 loss in Pittsburgh on Thursday, and a 3-2 overtime loss in Philadelphia on Tuesday.


Goalie nods: Hiller breaks rotation, gets second straight start


News and notes from the crease…

Calgary snaps the pattern

After equally rotating starts between Jonas Hiller and Kari Ramo to start the season, the Flames will go with Hiller for a second straight game tonight when they take on Nashville in Calgary.

Hiller played in Tuesday’s 2-1 shootout loss to Montreal and was good, stopping 18 of 19 shots faced. Hiller also has secured the Flames points in each of his last four starts, going 3-0-1 over that stretch, and Calgary is looking to snap its two-game losing skid this evening — so the assignment makes sense.

As for the Preds, they’ve yet to confirm a starter but it’s likely Pekka Rinne gets his fifth straight nod, after allowing just one goal on 27 shots in Wednesday’s 4-1 victory over the Oilers.


Leafs at Blue Jackets: Curtis Mcelhinney for Columbus, Jonathan Bernier likely for Toronto.

Kings at Wings: Jimmy Howard for Detroit, Jonathan Quick likely for L.A.

Ducks at Stars: Kari Lehtonen for Dallas, Frederik Andersen likely for Anaheim.