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Pearson pots a pair, Enroth perfect in Kings' win over Buffalo

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES – The Kings closed out their home stand on a perfect mark in their 2-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres Saturday night at STAPLES Center.

It was another defensive gem for the Kings, who for the fifth-straight game allowed one goal or less in regulation time. Saturday’s shutout win was backboned by Jhonas Enroth’s 23-save shutout performance in what was his 11th start of the season.

Buffalo has strung together quite the cold-streak when playing in Los Angeles, Saturday was their third straight 2-0 loss at STAPLES Center, they have not scored a goal at the Kings’ home arena since January 21, 2010.

Neither club found the net in a rather even-keel first period of play, Anze Kopitar had a goal disallowed when he redirected a puck while his stick was above the height of the cross-bar.

Just under five minutes into the second, Tanner Pearson slammed home a rebound to give the Kings a 1-0 lead.

Pearson, driving to the net, found himself in prime position when a rebound from an Alec Martinez popped out to the slot right onto his stick, where he then finished the play firing a shot past an out-of-position Robin Lehner.

Rob Scuderi registered the secondary assist on the goal, getting on the board in his first game back with the Kings since being acquired in a trade on Friday.

Alec Martinez, with the primary assist on Pearson’s opening marker, recorded his 23rd point of the season – setting a new career high.

Dustin Brown seemed to score minutes later, but his goal was disallowed when he was called for a tripping infraction just prior to shooting the puck.

With six minutes left in regulation, Tanner Pearson, in a similar play to his first goal, buried another rebound to score his second goal of the evening, giving the Kings a 2-0 lead. Jake Muzzin fired a wrist shot through traffic that Robin Lehner couldn’t handle cleanly, and Pearson was quick to pounce on the loose puck and shovel it home.

The Kings are 9-0-0 this season when Tanner Pearson scores a goal.

Tanner Pearson (2G) led all Kings players in points scored (2), Jake Muzzin in shots taken (6), Dustin Brown in hits delivered (6), Luke Schenn in shots blocked (4), and Drew Doughty in minutes played (27:39). Jhonas Enroth stopped all 23 shots he faced in the win.

The Kings will now play one game on the road when they take on the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday evening at Honda Center, where the puck is scheduled to drop just after 6:00 PM PST.

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