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game recap

Kings 1, Senators 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Kings 1, Senators 0
Los Angeles Kings 1, Ottawa Senators 0

OTTAWA (AP) -Cory Clouston didn't exactly get off to a fast start with the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.

Michal Handzus scored in the third period and the Los Angeles Kings ruined Clouston's first game as Ottawa's coach with a 1-0 victory on Tuesday night.

The 39-year-old Clouston, promoted from the AHL's Binghamton Senators, took over after Craig Hartsburg was fired Sunday night. He is the team's fourth coach since Ottawa lost in five games to Anaheim in the 2007 finals.

"(Clouston) did a good job behind the bench getting us fired up," forward Jason Spezza said. "It's unfortunate we didn't score a goal. It's going to be a learning process for us here for the next couple of weeks."

The Senators (17-25-7) have lost three straight. Ottawa also lost 1-0 at Columbus on Friday night.

"We've got to do a better job of getting rebounds and getting goals. That's what's missing," captain Daniel Alfredsson said.

The Senators are the lowest-scoring team in the NHL with just 116 goals in 49 games.

Jonathan Quick made 29 saves to record his third shutout of the season and improve to 4-1-0 in his last five starts. It was the first time he had faced the Senators.

"You had to expect them to come out with a bit of jump with the new coach there," Quick said. "They had a good first period and in the second period you could tell they were really trying to pour it on put the defense played great. The difference was a greasy goal at the end there."

Handzus picked up the puck behind the Senators net and jammed it in from the side at 17:21. Wayne Simmonds and Brad Richardson picked up assists on Handzus' ninth goal of the season.

"I was just trying to get the puck to the net and hope for a rebound," Handzus said.

"That was a huge win for us."

Brian Elliot stopped 25 shots for Ottawa, coming very close to his first career shutout.

"Their best player was their goaltender tonight in Quick. He was very, very solid," Clouston said.

"We had some opportunities and he's very athletic. We just couldn't capitalize on our chances."

Notes: Kings D Denis Gauthier served the first game of a five-game suspension he received for a hit on Montreal's Josh Georges on Saturday. ... Kings D Matt Greene played in his 200th game. ... The Senators haven't scored against Los Angeles since December 2005. They were shut out 2-0 by the Kings in their only meeting last season and didn't play each other in 2006-07.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
17:21
LAK
Michal Handzus (9) Wrap-around - ASST: Wayne Simmonds (7), Brad Richardson (2)
1 - 0 LAK
penalty summary
1st Period
12:09
OTT
Brian Lee  Holding against  Jarret Stoll
15:03
LAK
Brad Richardson  Too many men/ice - bench
2nd Period
06:41
OTT
Antoine Vermette  Hooking against  Brad Richardson
07:57
LAK
Drew Doughty  Tripping against  Jarkko Ruutu
10:41
OTT
Dean McAmmond  Roughing against  Raitis Ivanans
10:41
LAK
Raitis Ivanans  Roughing against  Dean McAmmond
11:29
OTT
Chris Phillips  Interference against  Dustin Brown
18:31
LAK
Michal Handzus  Roughing against  Chris Neil
3rd Period
00:24
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson  Interference against  Drew Doughty
06:59
LAK
Wayne Simmonds  Tripping against  Dany Heatley
14:24
OTT
Antoine Vermette  Hooking against  Drew Doughty
18:43
LAK
Jack Johnson  Interference against  Nick Foligno
goalie stats
Jonathan Quick
SA: 29TOI: 60:00
Saves: 29EV: 24 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Brian Elliott
SA: 26TOI: 58:43
Saves: 25EV: 17 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .962SH: 2 - 2