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Jonathan Quick wins in return for Kings

Goalie makes 32 saves in first game since Oct. 12, Tyler Toffoli scores twice against Ducks

by Forrest Lee / NHL.com Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- Jonathan Quick made 32 saves in his return to the Los Angeles Kings lineup, and they defeated the Anaheim Ducks 4-1 at Staples Center on Saturday.

It was Quick's first game since he was injured in the first period of a season-opening 2-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 12. He missed 59 games with a groin injury.

"No issues at all," he said. "It was more of not playing a game in four and a half months, whatever it was. You just try to make the saves, get a routine going and get a rhythm out there and try to help the team win."

 

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Tyler Toffoli scored twice for the Kings (30-27-4), who are five points behind the Nashville Predators for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. Los Angeles ended a three-game home losing streak.

"Obviously, it's exciting having [Quick] back," Toffoli said. "He's one of the best, if not the best goalie in the League. He stood on his head and made some big saves when we needed them."

Coach Darryl Sutter won his 216th game for the Kings, most in their history.

Video: ANA@LAK: Cogliano finishes tic-tac-toe passing play

Andrew Cogliano scored for the Ducks (32-21-10), who have lost two of their past three games. They are tied with the Edmonton Oilers for second place in the Pacific Division, three points behind the first-place Sharks. Jonathan Bernier made 29 saves, and forward Patrick Eaves played 16:09 in his first game since being acquired Friday in a trade with the Dallas Stars.

"We made too many mistakes," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. "We made individual mistakes. We gave the Kings the puck and we can't make those kinds of mistakes in the areas that we made mistakes and not expect teams to take advantage of that." 

A takeaway by Jakob Silfverberg at center ice led to the Ducks taking a 1-0 lead. Silfverberg passed the puck to Ryan Kesler, who passed it to Cogliano, who beat Quick for his 14th goal with 3:07 remaining in the first period.

Video: ANA@LAK: Brown deflects Gravel's blast from the point

Los Angeles scored four times in the third period. Toffoli tied it 1-1 at 3:37, tipping in his miss after defenseman Cam Fowler and Bernier failed to clear the puck out of the crease.

Toffoli made it 2-1 at 7:48, converting a pass by Carter for his 12th goal. Brown made it 3-1 with a goal 17 seconds later, and Carter scored his 30th goal of the season into an empty net with 1:07 remaining.

 

Goal of the game

Carter initiated a 2-on-1 with Toffoli for the go-ahead goal.

Video: ANA@LAK: Carter sets up Toffoli for second goal

 

Save of the game

Quick stuffed a shot from close range by Cogliano with 6:57 remaining in the first period.

Video: ANA@LAK: Quick absorbs Cogliano's short-side attempt

 

They said it

"It was exciting for everybody. Players, coaches, fans, it was fun to see. He's an emotional leader in a lot of ways for our hockey club. It's good to have him back in the room." -- Kings coach Darryl Sutter on the return of Jonathan Quick

 

"The game kind of led to the third. We played great leading up to it, creating chances, played hard, heavy. If we don't play like that in the first two periods, we don't get four in the third. We got rewarded for our work over 60 minutes." -- Kings goalie Jonathan Quick

 

"I think I got my legs under me halfway through the first period. I am really excited to be here and be a part of this group. It has only been one game and I feel like I have been a part of it. The guys have been great and I have played against a lot of these guys for a while, so it's finally nice to join them." -- Ducks forward Patrick Eaves

 

Need to know

This is Carter's fourth 30-goal season in the NHL, his first since 2010-11 when he scored 36 for the Philadelphia Flyers. … Sutter was tied with Andy Murray on the Kings wins list. Sutter is 216-139-49 with Los Angeles. … Pearson had three assists in the third period to reach an NHL career-high 37 points this season. … Kings goalie Jeff Zatkoff was assigned to Ontario of the American Hockey League. … Kings forward Jordan Nolan (muscle pull) was activated from injured reserve. Nolan, who missed nine games, played 6:36. … Anaheim begins a five-day break.

 

What's next

Ducks: Host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday (10 p.m. ET; FS-W, TSN4)

Kings: At the Minnesota Wild on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Toffoli scores a pair as Kings win in Quick's return

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