Hornqvist, Fleury lead Penguins to OT win vs. Kings

Curtis Zupke  - NHL.com Correspondent | Sunday, 03.08.2015 / 1:46 AM

LOS ANGELES -- The Pittsburgh Penguins recorded a season-low 18 shots, but most of them looked dangerous. They just needed one play to fall their way and some more magic from Patric Hornqvist.

Hornqvist scored with 3:16 left in overtime and goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 saves for his League-leading ninth shutout of the season in the Penguins' 1-0 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Saturday.

Hornqvist got the puck in the slot after Penguins defenseman Paul Martin freed it from Tyler Toffoli and Hornqvist beat goalie Jonathan Quick for his third goal in two games. Hornqvist scored twice in a 5-2 win against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.

"He's been pretty hot," Fleury said. "Hopefully he keeps his stick for the next game."

The Penguins (38-18-9) are 2-1-0 on their four-game trip after a Southern California sweep. One night after a five-goal output against the Anaheim Ducks, Pittsburgh churned out a low-scoring win against the defending Stanley Cup champions.

"L.A. is one of the toughest teams to play against," Hornqvist said. "They're so big and strong and fast, and they always play the same way. They chip it in. They go hard at our [defensemen] and their [defensemen] are pinching. It's a really good win. We need to build on that. Now we know we can play with anyone."

It was Fleury's 37th career shutout. Hornqvist has nine goals in 19 career games against the Kings, and 19 goals in 40 games against the Kings and Ducks. They took pride in being able to win different types of games against some of the best teams in the Western Conference.

"They're a big team too," Fleury said. "They're big guys with some skills and speed. It feels good for the team. We want to get ready for the playoffs. They're coming pretty soon, so I think that was a good challenge."

The Kings (31-21-13) got a point but are one behind the Calgary Flames in the Pacific Division for the third and final guaranteed spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Los Angeles perked up with several scoring chances in the third period but Fleury kept it scoreless with three quick saves in a goalmouth scramble and key saves against Dustin Brown and Kyle Clifford.

"We played really well," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. "Tough nut to crack over there [against] Fleury. I don't think there was a lot chances either way, but there was a lot of good chances. That's the way it goes."

Pittsburgh had six shots through the opening 34 minutes despite three power plays, but it seemed to have the better opportunities. The Penguins' fourth power play got three shots but Quick stopped them, including a deflection.

Sidney Crosby made a highlight move around Kings defenseman Drew Doughty and shot the puck off the crossbar. Penguins defenseman Kris Letang was stopped by an outstretched Quick in the first period.

Crosby said the 18 shots weren't representative of the Penguins' performance.

"I didn't feel like we lacked chances," Crosby said. "Maybe we missed the net in the first, I don't know. I thought we had some good looks and didn't hit the net. Like I said, I think teams, when you're coming off a back-to-back night they're really going to try to wear you down early on and take away your time and space. Maybe that has something to do with it with the way they play. There's not a lot of room down there."

Los Angeles is known for grinding out these games, but in this case it came down to one misstep in overtime. Sutter thought Martin surprised Toffoli, who tried to collect a pass from Jeff Carter in the high slot.

"I think that's what it was tonight, one lucky bounce," Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin said. "Quick transition, bing-bang. Shot on net and in. It's a tough way, but I thought we played well."

The Kings had a goal disallowed early in the third because Brown interfered with Fleury.

Evgeni Malkin had his seven-game point streak end. It was the longest active streak in the NHL.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
2nd Period
3rd Period
OT Period
01:44PIT Patric Hornqvist (22) ASST: NONE 1 - 0 PIT
Three Stars of the Game
Marc-Andre Fleury
Marc-Andre Fleury
SA: 31TOI: 61:44
GA: 0EV: 25-25
PIM: 0PP: 5-5
SV%: 1.000SH: 1-1
Jonathan Quick
Jonathan Quick
SA: 18TOI: 61:44
GA: 1EV: 13-14
PIM: 0PP: 4-4
SV%: .944SH: 0-0
Patric Hornqvist
Patric Hornqvist
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 17:57
Penalty Summary
1st Period
01:19LAK Matt Greene  Holding against  Ian Cole
05:56PIT Chris Kunitz  Holding the stick against  Anze Kopitar
13:11LAK Matt Greene  Roughing against  Blake Comeau
2nd Period
02:45LAK Brayden McNabb  Holding against  Steve Downie
08:23PIT Ian Cole  Interference against  Anze Kopitar
13:42LAK Andrej Sekera  Hi-sticking against  Daniel Winnik
3rd Period
12:49LAK Jordan Nolan  Roughing against  Kris Letang
12:49PIT Kris Letang  Roughing against  Jordan Nolan
OT Period
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/40/2
Faceoff Wins2926
Blocked Shots913
Penalty Minutes610
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7P. MartinD0011021:08
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16B. SutterC0010016:38
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39D. PerronL0000016:18
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51D. PouliotD0011018:57
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29M. Fleury31311.00061:44
2M. GreeneD00-11416:28
3B. McNabbD0002215:51
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71J. NolanC000228:56
73T. ToffoliC00-13017:16
74D. KingL0000012:36
77J. CarterC00-10017:33
32J. Quick1718.94461:44