NEWARK, NJ – Ben Scrivens was perfect. The offense chimed in late, once again, to embrace his magnificent performance.
The Kings’ new go-to guy in the crease stole the show tonight and further introduced himself in lieu of Jonathan Quick. And boy, was it a solid showing, as Scrivens kept New Jersey off the board all night long in the Kings’ first date with the Devils since the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals.
In what was a back-and-forth goaltending battle that kept both clubs scoreless until the final minutes, the Kings were able to strike gold late for the second consecutive night, picking up another vital two points during this current four-game road swing.
With 6:52 remaining in the contest, Dwight King tipped home his sixth goal of the season to give the Kings a rather commanding one-goal lead. Commanding, because goals weren’t coming easy for either side.
To find the scoreboard tonight, the late-game approach meant simply putting the puck on net, which Jake Muzzin did from the top of the zone to set up King’s game-winner. It also meant grit, which Justin Williams showed with miraculous puck possession along the boards, which bought the time and space needed to execute the late-game heroics.
Anze Kopitar added insurance with an empty-net tally with :02.9 seconds left on the clock.
Scrivens, making his fourth start of the season, snagged his second win in less than 24 hours, and booked his second shutout of the season. He stopped all of New Jersey’s 26 shots tonight, and has stopped 49 of 51 pucks directed his way in the last two nights combined.
The Kings are now 2-0-1 on their current four-game road trip, pocketing five of the six points that have been available for the taking. They have one more contest on the slate before returning home to Los Angeles, scheduled to pay a visit to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden Sunday evening.
The 20-game mark is a rather impressive one for the Kings, who hold a 13-6-1 record so far this campaign. In a season that has delivered countless injuries to this roster, and while playing in the NHL’s toughest division, it’s safe to say that the Kings are doing quite well for themselves.