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Mrazek makes 31 saves, Hurricanes shut out Kings

Necas, Aho score for Carolina, which sets franchise record for best seven-game start to season

by Dan Greenspan / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Mrazek's 31-save shutout

CAR@LAK: Mrazek records 31 saves in shutout victory

Petr Mrazek recorded a 31-save shutout in the Hurricanes' 2-0 win against the Kings, notching the 19th shutout of his career

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LOS ANGELES -- The Carolina Hurricanes set their record for best start through seven games with a 2-0 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Tuesday.

The Hurricanes are 6-1-0. Their previous best start was 5-2-0 in 1996-97, their last year as the Hartford Whalers.

"We're finding ways to win and we've done it different ways, which is good," Hurricanes forward Jordan Staal said. "It's been a good start, but (it's) going to be a long season. It's a marathon and we're going to keep going." 

 

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Petr Mrazek made 31 saves for his 19th NHL shutout, and Martin Necas and Sebastian Aho scored for the Hurricanes. 

Jack Campbell made 21 saves for the Kings (2-4-0), who lost consecutive games for the first time this season.  

"We're chasing parts of our game right now that we have to continue to work on, but I wasn't real disappointed in the effort or the will to get things done," Kings coach Todd McLellan said. "Some of the execution wasn't good, but we have to give the other team credit for getting in the way sometimes too."

Necas gave Carolina a 1-0 lead at 4:16 of the second period on a one-timer in the slot from a pass by Ryan Dzingel. Necas extended his point streak to four games (one goal, three assists). 

Erik Haula also had an assist to extend his point streak to three games (two goals, one assist). Dzingel, Haula and Necas have combined for 17 points (nine goals, eight assists). 

"We're having fun," Necas said of their line. "You're always having fun when you are playing good. Both guys are, like, really, really big. They can skate. They can make plays. Yeah, we like to play together."

Kings defenseman Drew Doughty had to be helped to the dressing room following a check into the boards by Staal that drew a boarding penalty with 1:14 remaining in the third period. McLellan said Doughty was being evaluated. 

"Apparently he feels pretty good, so that's a good sign, and that's all I have for you right now," McLellan said. 

Staal called the play unfortunate. 

"I mean, I thought he saw me, and just kind of tried to finish him, and obviously not a great situation," Staal said. "I hope he's all right and it's unfortunate, I guess."   

The Kings could not score on the subsequent 6-on-4, and Teuvo Teravainen's shorthanded shot into an empty net redirected off Aho's skate to make it 2-0 at 19:53. 

Mrazek saved 17 shots in the first period, including five on the power play. 

"It's always great to see a lot of pucks early in the game," Mrazek said. "They had the first power play right away, and that's going to help you in the game, help the confidence."

Video: CAR@LAK: Dzingel sets up Necas with pretty feed

 

They said it

"Makes me feel tired and old. No, it's cool. It's just a number, but obviously been blessed to play this long and, yeah, hopefully keep playing." -- Hurricanes forward Jordan Staal on playing in his 900th NHL game

"A battle for every inch. There wasn't a lot of space to make plays either way. I thought it was a very evenly played game, and that's a team that, I believe, went to the final four last year, so they are a hard team to play against." -- Kings coach Todd McLellan

 

Need to know 

Carolina is 5-0-0 when scoring first this season. … Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton had his streak of four straight games with a goal end. No NHL defenseman has scored in five consecutive games since Mike Green of the Washington Capitals did so in eight straight games Jan. 27-Feb. 14, 2009. … Kings forward Anze Kopitar had his point streak to start the season end at five games. … Kings center Adrian Kempe played 23 seconds in the third period after he was hit in the face by a puck. McLellan said Kempe needed stitches. … Neither team scored in the first period, the first time this season the Kings did not score or allow a goal in a period. 

 

What's next

Hurricanes: At the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday (10:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+, NBCSCA, FS-CR, NHL.TV) 

Kings: Host the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday (10:30 p.m. ET; FS-W, MSG-B, NHL.TV)

Video: Mrazek leads Hurricanes to shutout win against Kings

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