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Kings 8, Sabres 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

Associated Press

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Kings 8, Sabres 2
Buffalo Sabres 2, Los Angeles Kings 8

LOS ANGELES (AP) -The Los Angeles Kings' sputtering offense needed a quick fix. Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar and defenseman Tom Preissing helped provide it, making goalie Jonathan Quick's NHL debut an absolute breeze.

Brown had two goals and an assist, Preissing scored twice during power plays and Michal Handzus had a short-handed tally in the Kings' 8-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night. Michael Cammalleri had a goal and two assists, and Kopitar had a career-high four assists.

"I felt really good tonight. And with the big start that we had, it makes it a lot easier to get your confidence back and to make plays that you usually wouldn't," Kopitar said. "When you get up by two or three goals, those seam passes open up. And that was the case tonight. Everybody was making plays and it was really enjoyable to play this game."

Quick, pressed into service because of injuries to Jason LaBarbera and Jean-Sebastien Aubin, made 15 saves and was staked to a 7-0 lead by the 11:07 mark of the second period.

"It was just good timing that I happened to get in tonight," Quick said. "It was a lot easier with the support the team gave me and the way they played in front of me. It was a good game for me to start off my career with. It was a lot of fun."

Quick, a third-round draft pick in 2005, is the ninth goalie the Kings have used since the start of last season. The list includes LaBarbera, Aubin, Jonathan Bernier, Mathieu Garon, Sean Burke, Dan Cloutier, Yutaka Fukufuji and Barry Brust.

LaBarbera missed his third straight game because of a rib injury. Aubin, who was unable to go because of two sore groin muscles, served as Quick's backup. But the 21-year-old rookie didn't have any of his family on hand for the big event.

"I found out a little too late. It's a six-hour flight over here from Connecticut and they didn't have enough time to get here," Quick said. "But my father went out and bought the NHL package the other day when I got called up, so a bunch of my friends went over to the house and they all were watching the game."

What they saw was the biggest offensive output by the Kings since an 8-6 victory over Atlanta at Staples Center on Jan. 19, 2006 - the night Luc Robitaille became their career goal leader.

Los Angeles hadn't scored more than three goals in any of its previous 11 games. Even Derek Armstrong and Jaroslav Modry got into the act with their first goals of the season.

"It's the first time I've gone that long without a goal. But it's not about that, to me," Armstrong said. "All along I've said it's more about winning than anything."

Drew Stafford and Thomas Vanek scored for the Sabres, who lost for the third time in four games after a five-game winning streak. It was the first meeting between the teams since Jan. 14, 2006, when Jochen Hecht and Jason Pominville had hat tricks for the Sabres in a 10-1 victory in Buffalo.

Jocelyn Thibault, starting for only the fourth time this season and first time since shutting out Montreal with 24 saves on Nov. 24, stopped only 10 of 14 shots in the first period before Ryan Miller replaced him at the start of the second. Miller allowed two goals on the first six shots he faced after losing 4-1 in Anaheim on Wednesday night.

Cammalleri opened the scoring at the 3:55 mark. Jack Johnson dumped the puck behind the net and Thibault left his crease to play it, but took a one-handed swipe with his stick and fanned on it. Kopitar quickly passed in front to Cammalleri, who one-timed his 14th goal past Thibault's stick.

"I made a mistake on the first goal, and that happens," Thibault said. "I didn't do what I had to do in the first period to keep the score as low as possible, and it just got worse. There was a lot of traffic in front of the net and it was difficult to see the puck. It was not a fun game to be in."

Johnson set up the second goal, circling the net and passing out to the right point to Brown, whose one-timer through a screen zipped between the legs of Handzus in the low slot and past Thibault. Preissing made it 3-0 at 18:20, beating Thibault to the stick side with a one-timer from 35 feet while Stafford was serving a roughing penalty.

Modry scored just 33 seconds before intermission. Thibault completely fanned on the defenseman's wrist shot to the glove side from the top of the left circle.

Handzus notched his 13th career short-handed goal at 1:56 of the second while Ladislav Nagy was off for interference. The Kings then received a two-man advantage after staggered penalties to Adam Mair and Hecht, and Armstrong made it 6-0 with 54 seconds still left on Mair's high-sticking infraction.

Notes: The Kings haven't scored more than eight goals since beating the New York Islanders 9-2 on Nov. 16, 1995, at the Forum. ... The Sabres had scored first in each of their previous eight games, after giving up the first goal in 14 straight contests.


KINGS HEAD COACH MARC CRAWFORD:
(Re: game recap) “A game like that does wonders for everybody. I think a weight was lifted off a number of people on the team. We had a lot of energy tonight. Why we had more than the other night? I don’t know but we did have it. Maybe it was starting the young kid in goal.”

KINGS GOALTENDER JONATHAN QUICK:
(Re: NHL debut ) “It’s pretty easy when your team scores eight goals. It makes it easier to settle down after the first period when it’s 4-0. I was just trying to have fun and enjoy it. It was a good game to start off my career.”

SABRES HEAD COACH LINDY RUFF:
(Re: game recap) “There wasn’t anything good about tonight. We made a lot of mistakes and we didn’t have a goalie to save us.”

SABRES GOALTENDER JOCELYN THIBAULT :
(Re: game recap) “I just didn’t do my job in the first and it got worse from there.”

KINGS NOTES:

  • Anze Kopitar set a career high with four points and four assists. He now has a five-game point streak (3-6=9), which ties a career high…
  • Dustin Brown tied a career high with three points (2g, 1a). He’s now in the midst of a career high seven-game point streak (5-6=11)…
  • Tom Preissing tied a career high with two goals and three points (2-1=3)…
  • Michael Cammalleri had three points (1-2=3), scoring his team-leading 14th goal of the season…
  • Derek Armstrong (1-1=2) and Ladislav Nagy (0-2=2) also had multi-point games…
  • Goaltender Jonathan Quick, making his NHL debut, earned the win…
  • Eleven of the Kings’ 18 skaters earned a point…
  • The Kings had four power-play goals and one short-handed goal…
  • The last time the Kings scored eight goals was Jan. 19, 2006 vs. Atlanta (won 8-6)…
  • The six-goal winning margin ties a season high (beat Nashville 6-0 on Oct. 23)
  • The Kings are now 6-1-1 vs. Buffalo in their last eight meetings in Los Angeles, dating back to 1996-97…
scoring summary
1st Period
03:55
LAK
Mike Cammalleri (14) ASST: Anze Kopitar (14)
1 - 0 LAK
07:53
LAK
Dustin Brown (12) ASST: Jack Johnson (3), Tom Preissing (6)
2 - 0 LAK
18:20
LAK
PPG - Tom Preissing (2) ASST: Ladislav Nagy (8), Brad Stuart (6)
3 - 0 LAK
19:27
LAK
Jaroslav Modry (1) ASST: Lubomir Visnovsky (15), Anze Kopitar (15)
4 - 0 LAK
2nd Period
01:56
LAK
SHG - Michal Handzus (2) ASST: Dustin Brown (11)
5 - 0 LAK
05:45
LAK
PPG - Derek Armstrong (1) ASST: Anze Kopitar (16), Mike Cammalleri (10)
6 - 0 LAK
11:07
LAK
PPG - Dustin Brown (13) ASST: Mike Cammalleri (11), Anze Kopitar (17)
7 - 0 LAK
13:43
BUF
Drew Stafford (5) ASST: Derek Roy (11)
7 - 1 LAK
3rd Period
01:20
BUF
Thomas Vanek (8) ASST: Derek Roy (12), Drew Stafford (6)
7 - 2 LAK
10:20
LAK
PPG - Tom Preissing (3) ASST: Derek Armstrong (12), Ladislav Nagy (9)
8 - 2 LAK
penalty summary
1st Period
00:20
LAK
John Zeiler  Interference against  Jochen Hecht
05:18
LAK
Derek Armstrong  Interference on goalkeeper against  Jocelyn Thibault
11:24
LAK
Mike Cammalleri  Roughing against  Adam Mair
11:24
BUF
Adam Mair  Roughing against  Dustin Brown
11:24
BUF
Jaroslav Spacek  Roughing against  Mike Cammalleri
17:40
BUF
Drew Stafford  Roughing against  Dustin Brown
2nd Period
00:57
LAK
Ladislav Nagy  Interference against  Derek Roy
04:39
BUF
Adam Mair  Hi-sticking against  John Zeiler
05:26
BUF
Jochen Hecht  Cross checking against  Lubomir Visnovsky
09:29
BUF
Derek Roy  Hi-sticking against  Dustin Brown
17:17
LAK
Raitis Ivanans  Interference against  Michael Ryan
3rd Period
09:22
BUF
Nathan Paetsch  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
goalie stats
Ryan Miller
Ryan Miller
SA: 19TOI: 40:00
Saves: 15EV: 9 - 9
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 8
SV%: .789SH: 1 - 2
Jocelyn Thibault
Jocelyn Thibault
SA: 14TOI: 20:00
Saves: 10EV: 10 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .714SH: 0 - 0
Jonathan Quick
SA: 17TOI: 59:52
Saves: 15EV: 13 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .882SH: 0 - 0