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Wednesday, October 9th
(All times Eastern)
Ottawa Senators (1-0-1) at Los Angeles Kings (1-2-0), 10:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick didn't hide
his frustrations following his club's most recent loss and should get a chance
to rebound on Wednesday night in a meeting with the Ottawa Senators.
Quick, a former Conn Smythe Trophy winner and Vezina Trophy nominee, had a
forgettable night on Monday in Los Angeles' home opener versus the New York
Rangers. With his club down just a single goal and on a power play, he
misplayed a clear by New York's Ryan McDonagh that resulted in a blooper goal
for the Rangers.
McDonagh sent the puck down the length of the ice off the boards. Quick came
out to his left to play the puck and dropped his stick in the process. He then
attempted to stop the puck with his blocker, but the disc skipped off his
equipment and into the net 4:39 into the third frame and the Kings went on to
Asked his thought process on the play afterward, Quick responded softly,
"Play 60 minutes -- you try to stop the puck for your teammates, that's
the thought process. Everybody gives up bad goals and it's part of the game."
Further pressed on what happened, Quick appeared to grow frustrated.
"You guys are writing a story on that one goal? The stick fell out of my hand.
I tried to stop it with my blocker, it hit my blocker," he said.
Quick ended with 25 saves and Jake Muzzin had the only goal for the Kings, who
have lost two straight after opening the season with a victory and were
credited with 17 giveaways as a team.
"I think there's some execution issues when players have pucks on their stick
and give it to the other team," noted Kings head coach Darryl Sutter after
saying he wasn't concerned with the team's effort.
Ottawa had its issues in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on
Saturday as the club failed to hold a two-goal lead, giving up a score late in
the second period before yielding the tying marker with 5:52 to go in
Toronto then got goals from Mason Raymond and Tyler Bozak in the shootout,
while Milan Michalek and Jason Spezza had their tries stopped.
Raymond opened the shootout with a spin-o-rama goal on Craig Anderson, a play
that Sens head coach Paul MacLean feels should be illegal.
"I think it's a very unfair play for the goaltender for the guy to come in and
blow snow on him," MacLean said. "To me he came to a full stop and the puck
went backwards and came forwards, but that's me. I'm only a fisherman from
Nova Scotia, so I don't know nothin' about nothin'."
Kyle Turris had a goal and two assists, while Anderson made 38 saves for
Ottawa, which had opened its season with a 1-0 victory over Buffalo last
Friday. Cory Conacher, Jared Cowen and Jason Spezza all added goals.
The Sens are beginning the season with a six-game road trip and are set to
open the western part of the trek. They are slated to visit San Jose, Anaheim
and Phoenix following tonight's game.
"We need to get our group in practice," MacLean said of fixing the mistakes
from Saturday's loss. "We'll have that opportunity when we go out west and
we're going to take advantage of it. The good thing is we took three of four
points on the road (so far) and we've been able to score enough to win games.
We've got to keep going."
The Kings notched a 4-1 win over the Senators at home when the clubs last met
on Jan. 23, 2012, with Quick stopping 27 shots.
Los Angeles has won four of the past five meetings overall and is 5-0-0 with a
tie in its last six at home in this series. The Kings have outscored Ottawa
20-8 during that span in L.A.
10/09 10:47:20 ET