Four score and one game ago, the Los Angeles Kings posted four markers in a 4-3 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes. It was the first time the Kings had registered four or more in a contest since a 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on November 12th. Yet on Wednesday it was back on the road and back to defense and goaltending for Los Angeles. This time it was a challenge in the way of the NHL point leading Chicago Blackhawks, who hadn’t lost at home in regulation during the month of December.
Both goalies, Jonathan Quick and Corey Crawford were especially solid in net. While neither squad could generate much of a power-play, going a combined 0-for-8.
When they were creating offense, the Kings did so by virtue of hacking and whacking away at the puck.
Midway through the second, with the puck loose in front, Trent Hunter emerged from the scramble and roofed it by Crawford for the 1-0 advantage.
Early in the third it was much the same formula for the Kings. Jarret Stoll lifted a rebound past Crawford and doubled the lead for Los Angeles.
Following that it was Quick continuing to hold down the Chicago attack. Quick stopped all 38 shots on the evening, recording his NHL leading fifth shutout in the 2-0 victory.
Los Angeles now has points in five straight contests, including two consecutive victories. The Kings have yet to fall in regulation under new Head Coach Darryl Sutter (3-0-0-1). With this statement victory, L.A. now finds itself tied point wise (41) for the eighth spot in the Western Conference with the Dallas Stars.