Boston, MA -
Alexander Frolov scored a hat trick to help power the Los Angeles Kings past the Boston Bruins 6-0 at the TD Banknorth Garden on Thursday night. Kings goalie Mathieu Garon made 30 saves to preserve the shutout, while Andrew Raycroft made 36 saves for the Bruins in the loss.
All three of Frolov's goals came in the third. His first came on a wrist shot 44 seconds into the period, followed by a penalty shot at the 5:17 mark. Frolov's third came with 10:55 remaining when he beat Raycroft with a shot in the slot.
"We're trying to make plays that don't exist. We're looking for the next best play, and it never materializes," said Coach Mike Sullivan. "We over-handled the puck in our end and because of that, we turn it over and spend more time in our end. It is difficult for me to understand what has happened in the last three days, because this team has come such a long way in the last three weeks.
"I think the last couple of games, to get beat in front of your own fans the way we have the last couple of games, it's discouraging and demoralizing. We're all discouraged and we need to get right back to work and right this thing, and get back to work at the style of play we have been playing the last couple weeks that gave us a chance to win."
The Kings jumped out to a 1-0 lead when forward Joe Corvo
snapped his ninth goal of the season past Raycroft at 18:55 of the first period.
Los Angeles added to their lead on a goal by Mike Cammalleri on the power play. Cammalleri brought the puck out from the corner and fired a shot on Raycroft. Raycroft made the initial save, but Cammalleri picked up his own rebound and stuffed it in for his 16th of the year.
The Kings also got a third period goal from Dustin Brown, his eighth of the season at 4:42.
"We thought the bottom was two nights ago and we found a way to go a little lower," said Raycroft. "They're a good team, but they are not the 1970 Bruins, that's for sure. We need to find a way to compete. It's just unexplainable how you go and play so well for three weeks and then go have two efforts like this. It's frustrating."
The Bruins will look to bounce back when they play host to the Dallas Stars in a Saturday afternoon matinee game. Face-off is at 2:00 p.m. and will be shown on NBC.Notes
Ben Walter made his NHL debut for the Bruins in the game and logged a total of 15:15 of ice time, with three shots on net. Walter was called up from Providence to replace Glen Murray, who was out of the lineup with a swollen right foot.
"I was definitely very excited," said Walter. "I just found out this morning and it's been a lifelong dream of mine to play in the NHL and I got to do that tonight. I felt pretty good out there. I was hoping to bring some energy and work as hard as I could out there.
"Regardless of what it means to yourself, this is a team game and you want to win. Obviously, that makes it tough on tonight. That aside, I was very excited to play tonight."