OTTAWA – Jonathan Rapide made 34 saves and the Los Angeles Kings won their seventh straight game, 2-0 against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Center on Thursday.
“I think we are finding ways to win,” Quick said. “I don’t think we’re doing much different things than we did before. Like, the first two weeks you kind of look at the layout of the games and it’s pretty similar type games, 2-2, and then find a way to lose. Now we’re on the other side. We are progressing as a team and we are doing it on the road, so these are important games. “
It was Quick’s 55th shutout in the NHL, which propelled him to 23rd place.
“He was exceptional,” said Kings coach Todd McLellan. “He didn’t hesitate at all. He doesn’t want to give up his position in the roster. We don’t expect him to, and that forced Cal [Petersen] to play well. Anytime you can get that on your squad in an 82-game season – I guess that’s what we’re going to be done with – we need both in there. They push each other. “
Anze Kopitar and Andreas Athanasiou scored for the Kings (8-5-1).
“Tough night,” McLellan said. [Ottawa] Gave us everything we could handle for a short-staffed team. We expected that from them. And they gave us everything we could handle. They checked, they did a lot of good things, but we were patient. We haven’t opened things up. Once we have come to a [goal] we were patient enough to come up with two “
Video: LAK @ OTT: Kopitar sneaks in for PPG home glove side opening
The Senators (3-9-1) have nine players in COVID-19 protocol: forwards Austin Watson, Alex Formenton, Dylan Gambrell and Connor brown, defenders Nick Holden, Victor Mete, Nikita Zaitsev and Josh Brown, and the goalie Matt Murray.
“I can’t say that one guy hasn’t given his all,” said Senators coach DJ Smith. “Jonathan Quick makes the difference.… It’s unfortunate when we’re also shorthanded, but I thought our guys couldn’t have played much harder.”
Filip Gustavsson made 34 saves for Ottawa, which has lost six in a row (0-5-1).
Kopitar’s receiving shot was deflected by the Ottawa defender Michael del zottoon the power play to give the Kings a 1-0 lead at 15:28 of the second period.
Athanasiou gave a tip Alexandre edler point shot to bring the score to 2-0 at 4:50 p.m. of the third.
Senators Defender Artem Zub suffered an upper body injury in the first period in a collision with the Kings forward Carl Grundstrom.
“It’s unfortunate, and you kind of have to deal with it,” Smith said. “Eventually you’re going to have a break, but we haven’t had one this year so far. To our guys’ credit, they just kept going and kept playing.”
Video: LAK @ OTT: Athanasiou advises Edler to score record time at home
The Kings are facing their own injuries and testing positive for COVID-19. Out of range are Sean walker (ACL / MCL), Drew doughty (contusion of the tibial plateau), Lias Andersson (undisclosed), Quinton Byfield (fractured ankle), Viktor Arvidsson (COVID-19 protocol) and Gabriel Vilardi (COVID-19 Protocol).
“At first we were stunned,” said McLellan. “When we lost Drew and [Walker] in particular, in three periods of play, I think it affected our group. It was like, ‘Now what are we going to do?’ It took us a little while to get through it, and then we realized we had players who could play and we had to play a certain way to be successful. “
REMARKS: Ottawa was shut out for the first time in 78 games. … Defender Dillon heatherington had one shot and three hits in 16:53 in his Senators debut. His last regular season game in the NHL was on November 10, 2018 with the Dallas Stars. … Ottawa Defender Thomas chabot had five shots on goal and blocked two shots playing a high of 31:53. … Defender of the Senators Lassi thomson played 22:29 in his NHL debut. … Kopitar scored his 101st power-play goal to overtake Bernie Nicholls for fifth in Kings history. … The Los Angeles forward Adrien kempe got an assist to extend his point streak to six games (four goals, three assists). … Kings ahead Alex Iafallo ended his seven-game streak with the point (five goals, five assists).
Video: Quick wins 55th shutout, Kings win 7th game in a row