Jonathan Quick reaches 350 wins in web, Kings defeat rival Ducks 4-1
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In his 12 years as a participant and almost 15 as an NHL coach, Trent Yawney had not encountered a scenario the place the top coach was unable to be behind the bench with one hour to go earlier than faceoff.
Yawney can cross that off his listing now. The Los Angeles Kings assistant discovered himself operating issues after Todd McLellan entered COVID-19 protocols simply earlier than the sport in opposition to Anaheim.
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The Kings appeared to not be rattled, as they dominated each ends of the ice in a 4-1 victory over the Ducks on Friday evening and gave Jonathan Quick the excellence of changing into the fourth American-born goalie to succeed in 350 victories within the NHL.
Quick stopped 24 photographs and improved to 25-13-9 in opposition to the Kings. He is the twenty fourth goalie general in league historical past to succeed in the 350-victory milestone. Ryan Miller tops U.S.-born goalies with 391 victories, adopted by John Vanbiesbrouck (374) and Tom Barrasso (369).
“I assumed he was nice. Sometimes he doesn’t get sufficient credit score for his management qualities, due to his place, however he was there when it comes to offering that,” Yawney stated. “You noticed that within the second interval with a little bit little bit of a scrum he was in. But he’s fiery and gave us an opportunity with some big saves.”
The Kings prolonged their profitable streak to 4 and moved into second place within the Pacific Division, with assist from two objectives and an help from Adrian Kempe. It was Kempe’s fifth multigoal recreation of the season — 3 times within the final 4 video games — and he has seven objectives in six February video games.
Carl Grundstrom additionally scored and Anze Kopitar had a objective and an help for the Kings, who evened this season’s Freeway Faceoff collection at one recreation apiece.
“As I stated to the blokes, they in all probability didn’t want anyone behind the bench tonight, when it comes to the the magnitude of the sport at the moment of the season and the rivalry,” Yawney stated. “They performed very, very effectively. It was good to see them present some success.”
Yawney stated McLellan advised the coach he wasn’t feeling effectively once they received to the sector and examined optimistic, saying McLellan “did not wish to put the remainder of the group in danger.”
“It feels good. It’s a little bit loopy how Todd went down however Trent and (assistant coach) Marco (Sturm) have finished a superb job getting ready us,” Kopitar stated.
Troy Terry scored early within the third interval for Anaheim, which has misplaced 4 of its final six. John Gibson allowed 4 objectives on 20 photographs earlier than being pulled halfway by means of the second interval. Anthony Stolarz made 12 saves in aid.
Gibson — considered one of two Anaheim gamers who had been chosen for the All-Star recreation — is 1-4 with a 5.72 goals-against common for the reason that All-Star break.
“I feel he’s been drastically fatigued popping out (of the All-Star break),” Ducks coach Dallas Eakins stated. “We didn’t play very effectively in entrance of him. He was within the web for 3 video games in 4 nights. We got here out of it, tried to get him some relaxation and get Stolarz in there, and I’m simply undecided we’re there but. Hopefully we’ll be there quickly.”
Both of Kempe’s objectives got here within the second interval, when the Kings scored 3 times in a nine-minute span to place the sport out of attain. The Swedish left wing made it 2-0 at 3:51 of the second interval on a slap shot from the left circle.
After Kopitar’s power-play objective broke his six-game drought and prolonged Los Angeles’ result in three objectives at 10:11, Kempe beat Gibson with a snap shot into the far facet of the web at 12:51 for his twenty fifth.
“The crew is enjoying actually good, each line is enjoying actually good, we’re all on the identical web page for forechecks and the best way we wanna play within the D zone. That builds confidence within the crew too,” Kempe stated.
Terry averted a shutout at 2:12 of the third on a snap shot from the slot for his twenty seventh of the season.
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Grundstrom, who was a wholesome scratch for the previous eight video games, made a fast affect together with his seventh objective of the season at 7:50 of the primary interval. Five of Grundstrom’s 18 profession objectives have come in opposition to the Ducks.
Byfield stopped on a dime on a rush up the appropriate facet close to the boards and delivered an ideal move to Grundstrom, who beat Anaheim defenseman Simon Benoit to the slot and redirected it into the web.
Kings: Host the New York Islanders on Saturday.
Ducks: Host the Islanders on Sunday.