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Carter Nets Two as LA Kings Blank Flames to Retake First in Pacific

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Game 77; 46-26-5

LOS ANGELES — It may have been a quiet first period but the Los Angeles Kings wasted no time getting things started in the second. They took over from there as the silver-and-black dominated the Calgary Flames, shutting them out by a 3-0 count.

Photo credit: Harry How/Getty Images
Photo credit: Harry How/Getty Images

Just 46 seconds into the second period, and with the Kings on the power play, Jeff Carter beat Joni Ortio for his 21st of the year to give the home team the 1-0 lead. But Carter wasn’t done there as approximately five-and-a-half minutes later, he netted his second to give Los Angeles the 2-0 lead. Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar assisted on the first goal while Milan Lucic and Brayden McNabb cashed in on the helpers for the second goal.

At 12:36 of the third, the Kings added some more insurance as Andy Andreoff scored his sixth — from Carter and Kopitar — to give Jonathan Quick more than enough support.

Speaking of Quick, he was brilliant, stopping all 21 shots he faced to pick up his fifth shutout of the season and the 42nd of his career. The win was also Quick’s 39th of the year, matching his career-high set in 2009-10. In addition, the victory, was which was the 251st of his career, puts Quick ahead of Johnny Bower into 49th on the NHL’s all-time list and just one behind the late great Frank Brimsek.

The Kings, in addition to matching a team-record 46 wins, are now back in first in the Pacific as they leapfrog Anaheim by a point. They will look to continue this momentum when they play host to the Dallas Stars on Saturday afternoon.

About Ryan Cowley

Ryan Cowley has been writing about the Los Angeles Kings since 2009, beginning as the head writer and editor of Make Way for the Kings since its inception. Until the summer of 2015, Make Way was run by the FanvsFan Network (www.makewayforthekings.com) but has since become independent at its new address: www.makewayforthekings.net Ryan is an NHL-accredited writer who has covered such events as the Stanley Cup Final and Stadium Series. He is also a graduate of Comedy Writing & Performance from Humber College in Toronto, Ontario.

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