Los Angeles
Kings
46-28-8
Nashville
Predators
38-32-12
SO
30 SOG
35 SOG
1st2nd3rdOTsoT
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NSH ()
game recap

Kings top Predators in shootout

Thursday, 10.17.2013 / 8:48 PM

Alex Kinkopf - LAKings.com

Three Stars of the Game
Anze Kopitar
1st
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 0PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 20:54
Pekka Rinne
2nd
Pekka Rinne
SA: 30TOI: 65:00
GA: 1EV: 20-21
PIM: 0PP: 7-7
SV%: .967SH: 2-2
Jonathan Quick
3rd
SA: 35TOI: 65:00
GA: 1EV: 29-30
PIM: 0PP: 5-5
SV%: .971SH: 0-0

NASHVILLE, TN – Jonathan Quick was simply outstanding. Tonight’s shoot-out win against the Nashville Predators clearly marked the Kings’ goaltender’s best performance of the young season, and arguably the best we’ve seen from any goaltender across the entire NHL.

You could say he’s the reason the Kings came away with two points tonight, the reason they had a chance.

Tonight posed as a fairly disciplined, back-and-forth defensive battle, with both goaltenders playing at their highest level. Quick stopped 34 of Nashville’s 35 shots through regulation and OT, and brought perfection to tonight’s shootout contest – stopping all three of Nashville’s shooters in calm, poised fashion.

Not only was Jonathan Quick perfect in extra shots tonight, he has been all year. Much like how the Kings (3-0) are undefeated in shootout contests this season, Quick is undefeated as well, from a personal stand-point at least – stopping all eight of the breakaway shots he’s faced this season.

GREAT, BUT NOT SPECIAL – With the 2-1(SO) win at Bridgestone Arena tonight, the Kings finished their four-game road trip through the Southeast with a more than solid 3-1-0 record, bringing home six of a possible eight points. However, the offense was skittish throughout the trip, scoring just 1.5 goals per game, and going a combined 0-14 on power-play opportunities.

CONSECUTIVE VOYNOV – Defensman Slava Voynov scored in his second straight game, and has the only two Kings goals in the last 127:32 minutes of regulation play. Reading offensive movement, and providing support to the forwards proved once again to be Voynov’s biggest asset from the point other than his shot. Mike Richards used Voynov as an outlet when under pressure, and Voynov found himself with another clear, in-stride look at the net.

KOPITAR FINISHES – Anze Kopitar finally buried a goal for the Kings this season, but don’t put it in writing or anything. Kopitar’s goal came in the final round of the shoot-out, where he beat Pekka Rinne to the top right corner with a sleek move. Kopitar’s goal locked up the second point for the Kings tonight, but it won’t be credited to his stats.

The Kings, who return home to STAPLES Center on Saturday night, come back to local confines with a 5-3-0 record. They play their next four contests, and eight of their next nine on home ice. Six of those upcoming nine games are against Pacific Division opponents.





scoring summary
1st Period
10:33
NSH
Matt Cullen (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Craig Smith (4), Gabriel Bourque (2)
1 - 0 NSH
19:18
LAK
Slava Voynov (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Mike Richards (5), Jeff Carter (2)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDNSHLAKTOTAL
1C. Smith
M. Richards
0 - 0
2F. Forsberg
J. Carter
0 - 0
3M. Cullen
A. Kopitar
0 - 1
penalty summary
1st Period
05:35
NSH
Paul Gaustad  Tripping against  Mike Richards
14:53
NSH
Victor Bartley  Interference against  Matt Frattin
2nd Period
04:17
LAK
Robyn Regehr  Holding against  Mike Fisher
14:26
LAK
Justin Williams  Slashing against  Shea Weber
17:20
NSH
Paul Gaustad  Interference against  Slava Voynov
3rd Period
12:30
LAK
Drew Doughty  Delay of game against  Patric Hornqvist
15:12
NSH
Shea Weber  Hi-sticking against  Dustin Brown
OT Period
01:29
LAK
Alec Martinez  Hi-sticking against  Ryan Ellis
goalie stats
Jonathan Quick
SA: 35TOI: 65:00
Saves: 34EV: 29 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .971SH: 0 - 0
Pekka Rinne
Pekka Rinne
3-3-1
SA: 30TOI: 65:00
Saves: 29EV: 20 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .967SH: 2 - 2