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.
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.
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.