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Kings can't solve Senators' Hammond, fall 1-0

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings

– The Kings were stymied by rookie goaltender Andrew Hammond; suffering their first loss in nine games in falling 1-0 to the Ottawa Senators Thursday night at STAPLES Center.

Hammond, Ottawa’s rookie netminder, had only started four NHL games coming into tonight’s contest, but in stopping all 35 Los Angeles shots, he’s picked up his second straight, and second career shutout. The Kings generated plenty of chances, but they couldn’t get a puck past Hammond.

Hammond, who played four seasons with Bowling Green State University and two with Binghamton in the AHL, was called-up by the Senators because of injuries suffered by Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner; he hasn’t allowed a goal in his last 171:44 in net for Ottawa.

For the Senators, it was just the club’s second win in Los Angeles since STAPLES Center opened prior to the 1999-’00 campaign, and their first in over 15 calendar years.

Early in the second period, as the Kings worked on their second power play of the evening, Just Williams had a goal waived off when the ref lost sight of the puck. Williams tucked home a loose puck that trickled away from Andrew Hammond’s right pad, but the ref signaled the whistle before Williams’ shot crossed the goal line.

The Senators got on the board less than two minutes into the third period when Mike Zibanejad fed Mike Hoffman a gorgeous cross-ice pass on a two-on-one sequence. Hoffman beat Quick high to the blocker side upon receiving the pass.

Hoffman’s goal ended Jonathan Quick’s shutout streak at 142:44 minutes.

The Kings killed off all three of Ottawa’s power plays, extending their successful penalty kill streak to 19.

Tyler Toffoli led all Kings players in shots taken (6), Matt Greene in hits delivered (5), Robyn Regehr in shots blocked (3), and Drew Doughty in minutes played (30:36). Jonathan Quick made 27 saves in the loss.

With the loss, the Kings’ record drops to 29-19-12; their mark on home ice at STAPLES Center falls to 20-7-6. The Kings eight-game win streak was snapped; they went 1-1-0 on their two-game home stand. The Kings will now head out on a three-game road trip, they’ll see the Anaheim Ducks Friday night at Honda Center; the puck is slated to drop at 7:00PM PT.

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