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Kings follow up wild shootout with tidy shutout

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The Los Angeles Kings resumed NHL play on Wed, Feb 26, 2014. The first game back since the Olympic break, was against a young, energetic Avalanche team in Colorado. The next night, was another road game , this time against a Calgary Flames team which had won 6 of the last 8 games. Though the games were played in dramatically different fashion, the end result was the same.

The shootout - In Colorado on Wed night, Martin Jones started in goal for the Kings. The younger faster Avalanche team tried to outhustle and overwhelm the Kings. The uptempo style worked for awhile, and the home team held a 4-2 lead with less than 3 mins remaining in the second period. In crunchtime, the Kings took over. Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter scored before the period ended, and then Kopitar and Williams scored two more unanswered goals to earn a 6-4 victory. This wild shootout of a game ultimately showed the difference between a veteran team which has climbed the mountain, and a young team with lofty aspirations.

Prior to playing Colorado, the Kings had only scored six goals in their last five games.

The shutout - In Calgary to play the Flames, Jonathan Quick was in goal, and the Kings won in typical Kings fashion. Dustin Brown took advantage of a turnover and scored just 3:00 into the first period. Jonathan Quick was able to withstand every Calgary barrage, and then Dwight King iced the game with a goal just 3:30 into the third period. The Kings dominated when it counted most, outshooting Calgary 11-2 in the third period. In the end, Quick earned his fourth shutout of the season, and the Kings had a 2-0 win.

Kings have now scored six unanswered goals.

Including the Feb 6 win against Columbus, the Kings have three straight wins, outscoring opponents 10-5.

Kings have the lowest team goals against avg in the NHL.

Kings return home on Saturday for a day game vs the Carolina Hurricanes at 1:00 pm at Staples center.

Kings forward line combinations vs Calgary:

Kopitar/Williams/Toffoli

Richards/Carter/Nolan

Stoll/Brown/King

Lewis/Clifford/Vey

Defense pairings:

Doughty/Muzzin

Mitchell/Martinez

Vonov/Regehr

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