LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jonathan Quick made 31 saves in his 34th career shutout, carrying the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-0 victory over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night.
Tanner Pearson scored in the first period and Tyler Toffoli added an empty-net goal with 49.6 seconds left for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who earned their NHL-best 11th home victory with a strong defensive effort.
Niklas Svedberg stopped 33 shots, but Boston has scored just six goals while losing four of its last five games.
Although Quick is among the NHL’s leaders in save percentage during a standout season, the 2012 Conn Smythe Trophy winner hadn’t blanked an opponent in nearly six weeks. He set the Kings’ franchise record for career shutouts with two in October.
The Bruins opened a tough four-game Pacific Division road trip with a one-goal loss at Anaheim one night earlier. Boston is still without injured veteran stars Zdeno Chara and David Krejci.
Boston’s power play hasn’t scored in eight games, but the Bruins didn’t even get a power play against the Kings, who committed only one penalty. The Bruins were shut out for the second time in five games.
Svedberg was solid in just his second start since Nov. 13 for the Bruins, and he allowed nothing during a 5-on-3 Kings advantage for 1:26 during the first period.
Pearson put the Kings ahead moments later with a quick shot off a clever pass from Anze Kopitar, who ended his own five-game scoring drought. Pearson leads the Kings with 10 goals despite a prolonged drought last month that led to the breakup of That 70s Line, his productive combination with Toffoli and Jeff Carter formed during last season’s championship run.
Boston failed to cash in on numerous decent chances in the first two periods, while the Kings got little for their decided shots advantage.
Quick made his best save with about 11 minutes to play when a weird rebound left an open net for Torey Krug, whose shot barely hit Quick’s lunging torso and deflected off the post.
NOTES: Marian Gaborik missed his second straight game with an upper-body injury. The Slovak wing has missed 10 games already this season with injuries. … The Bruins dressed D Kevan Miller, a Los Angeles-area native, and scratched D Joe Morrow. … The Kings were fined $100,000 by the NHL when suspended D Slava Voynov participated in the morning skate with his teammates, violating the terms of his indefinite ban. Voynov, who pleaded not guilty to a charge of felony domestic violence Monday, has been suspended for 19 games.
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