(SportsNetwork.com) - Thanks to Ben Scrivens, the Los Angeles Kings have
managed to extend their point streak despite losing the services of No. 1
netminder Jonathan Quick.
Scrivens will likely be called upon on Sunday night in an attempt to lead the
Kings to a third straight victory when they visit the New York Rangers.
Quick suffered a Grade 2 groin strain late in Tuesday's shootout loss in
Buffalo and could miss up to six weeks of action. In has stepped Scrivens, who
stopped 23-of-25 shots faced in a triumph over the New York Islanders on
Thursday before he notched a 26-save shutout the following night in a 2-0
decision over the New Jersey Devils.
Scrivens picked up his second shutout of the season and fourth of his career.
Acquired as part of the trade that sent former Kings backup goaltender
Jonathan Bernier to Toronto, the 27-year-old is 3-1-1 with a 1.51 goals
against average in seven games this season, including four starts.
Dwight King had the deciding goal with just under seven minutes remaining in
Friday's win, tipping a low shot by Jake Muzzin into the net.
"Dwight King plays a lot for our team," Kings head coach Darryl Sutter said.
"He's a guy that can always go and stabilize the game for you."
Justin Williams also picked up an assist on the goal and Anze Kopitar added an
empty-net tally as Los Angeles moved to 4-0-1 in its last five games. It wraps
a four-game homestand tonight.
The Rangers finish up their set of back-to-back games tonight after snapping
an eight-game slide in Montreal with a 1-0 triumph over the Canadiens on
Saturday. Backup Cam Talbot made 22 saves for his first career shutout, with
the rookie moving to 4-1-0 with a 1.58 GAA over his first five NHL starts.
Ryan Callahan's power-play goal in the second period gave New York its seventh
victory in nine games. He deflected Brad Richards' shot on net for his sixth
goal of the season.
"That's what we wanted to do, especially with back-to-back games," said
Richards. "We tried to keep the pucks down, and below the goal line, trying
not to turn them over while using our speed. We did a pretty good job
New York now has a point in 99 straight regular-season games when leading
after the second period, going 93-0-6 in that span.
Richards scored twice in the Rangers' 3-1 win over the Kings in Los Angeles on
Oct. 7. It was New York's fourth victory in the past six meetings overall.
The Rangers have not hosted the Kings since Feb. 17, 2011 and have won two
straight as the home team in this series. Los Angeles has just three wins and
a tie in its last 15 trips to Madison Square Garden.
Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves in the first meeting this season and is
expected to start tonight. He is 3-3-1 with a 2.67 GAA lifetime against the
Scrivens has never faced the Rangers, with Quick having started the Oct. 7
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