In Monday's game against the St. Louis Blues, goaltender Cal Petersen picked up his first NHL shutout!
Petersen has been rock solid for the Kings since he's stepped into the crease.
He's been filling in for injured Jonathan Quick and Jack Campbell, who are both out with meniscus tears.
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Due to these injuries, his opportunity came earlier than expected. However, no matter when it happened, Petersen was ready to rise to the challenge.
"I feel like I always had the inner confidence that maybe if the opportunity arose I felt like I could rise to the opportunity, but I think a lot of good things had to fall into place for that to happen and for it to happen this early is awesome, but I would've taken it at any point," Petersen said.
"I'm just obviously very happy."
Head Coach Willie Desjardins, along with many others, were rooting for Cal to get the shutout.
"He's played well for us coming in, so you're always hoping for the kid," Desjardins said.
"He played well all the way through the trip. We're in a bit of a tough spot, so we really needed him to play well, and he played well."
Matt Luff, who also scored his first NHL goal that game, was equally as excited for his teammate's shutout.
"The win is the most important part," Luff said. "Seeing him get it done on the same day is pretty surreal."
Petersen will tell you this one was pretty surreal for him as well.
"For it to come at this level against that kind of competition is, like I said, very rewarding, but at the same time the amount of effort and sacrifice the boys put in tonight it's just as much a shutout on their part as on mine," Petersen said.