BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Tyler Ennis’ third-period, power play goal lifted the Buffalo Sabres to a 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.
Jhonas Enroth made 34 saves for his first shutout since April 13, 2013, and the Sabres kept up their home mastery of the Kings. Los Angeles is 1-11-1-1 in its last 14 games in Buffalo.
Jonathan Quick had a shutout streak of 119 minutes, 54 seconds against Buffalo snapped by Ennis. Quick blanked the Sabres on Oct. 23 in Los Angeles.
The Sabres snapped a two-game losing streak and won their third straight at home. The defending champion Kings lost consecutive games for the fourth time this season.
The game marked the second meeting between Sabres coach Ted Nolan and his son, Kings right wing Jordan Nolan.
Cody Hodgson nearly opened the scoring 14 seconds into the second period when he darted from the left end boards to Quick’s post, but the goalie slid over the cover the opening.
Enroth made a shoulder save on a deflected shot by Robyn Regehr at 7:55.
The game’s first penalty wasn’t called until Zemgus Girgensons held Los Angeles’ Anze Kopitar with 13:39 gone in the second.
The Kings had their best chance of the period during the man advantage as Enroth had to stop his momentum from carrying Dustin Brown’s low shot into the net.
Former Sabres defenseman Robyn Regehr was called for roughing early in the third, and Buffalo had several chances to beat Quick in tight before Ennis finally scored.
Matt Moulson, Quick’s brother-in-law, carried the puck into the corner before finding Ennis alone in front of Quick for the goal 4 minutes into the third.
Drew Stafford also earned an assist.
Enroth then stopped Tyler Toffoli twice within seconds to preserve the shutout.
With Quick pulled, Ennis was tripped by Drew Doughty to give Buffalo a final-minute power play.
Los Angeles outshot Buffalo 34-16, but fell to 3-5-4 on the road.
NOTES: The Sabres are open to the possibility of having rookie defenseman Nikita Zadorov represent Russia at the World Junior Championships this month. … The Kings didn’t play former Sabres defenseman Jamie McBain. … Buffalo scratched right wing Chris Stewart.
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