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Kuemper, Kings shut out Panthers

Brodzinski scores first NHL goal

by Dan Greenspan / Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- Jonny Brodzinski scored his first NHL goal, and Darcy Kuemper made 24 saves for the Los Angeles Kings in a 4-0 win against the Florida Panthers at Staples Center on Saturday.


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Tyler Toffoli scored and had an assist on Andy Andreoff's goal for the Kings (12-6-2), who ended a four-game losing streak. Trevor Lewis scored an empty-net goal with 2:53 remaining.

Video: FLA@LAK: Andreoff left alone in front, beats Reimer

"We want to win every game, but, definitely, when you got a case of the skids you want to kick it in the butt as soon as you can," said Kuemper, who got his first shutout with the Kings and eighth in the NHL. "It's obviously a huge step for us, and now we just [have] to get back to playing our game."

James Reimer made 16 saves for the Panthers (7-10-2), who had a two-game winning streak end. Florida has yet to win three straight.

Brodzinski scored at 2:23 of the third period, his first goal in his 11th NHL game. He is the fifth Kings rookie to score his first NHL goal this season, joining forwards Alex Iafallo and Michael Amadio and defensemen Oscar Fantenberg and Kurtis MacDermid.

"It just tells you the amount of young people we've had in our lineup, which is kind of exciting to see," Kings coach John Stevens said.

Brodzinski, 24, was recalled from Ontario of the American Hockey League on Thursday. He was with Los Angeles for its first five games before being sent to the AHL.

"He went back and really seemed to get his game in order," Stevens said. "He is really starting to play with the pace that he can play with, and what we've seen now since he's come back he's a lot more confident young man. You do the work, you do the preparation, and confidence seems to come with it. That was a big-time play he made tonight, but it's kind of what we thought Jonny was capable of so, it's good to see."

Brodzinski's former high school linemate in Blaine, Minnesota, Panthers forward Nick Bjugstad, was on the ice when he scored.

"He's got a few more than me this year so I've got to catch up," Brodzinski said of Bjugstad, who has four goals this season and 67 in 299 NHL games.

Toffoli gave Los Angeles a 1-0 lead at 8:14 of the first period. He got onto the ice as an extra attacker on a delayed penalty and scored off a pass from Drew Doughty.

Toffoli had gone three games without a point after getting eight (six goals, two assists) in the previous seven.

Kuemper made 14 saves in the first period, including a sequence when he denied Aleksander Barkov and Evgenii Dadonov in succession.

Video: FLA@LAK: Kuemper hugs the post to deny McGinn

"It wasn't a bad road game by us in a tough building against a desperate team who hasn't won in a while," Panthers coach Bob Boughner said. "I thought we held our own. We just needed a bounce."


Goal of the game

Brodzinski's goal at 2:23 of the third period.

Video: FLA@LAK: Brodzinski buries his first NHL goal


Save of the game

Kuemper stopping Barkov's shot and Dadonov's follow-up at 17:32 of the first period.

Video: FLA@LAK: Kuemper comes up with two splendid saves


Highlight of the game

Doughty's pass to set up Toffoli's goal at 8:14 of the first period.

Video: FLA@LAK: Toffoli buries Doughty's cross-crease feed


They said it

"It's not how I expected my first one to go in, but I'll take it. I've been imagining it in my mind for quite some time. I just thought it was always going to be a forehand shot." -- Kings forward Jonny Brodzinski on his first NHL goal

"From our point of view, I don't think we played hard enough in the crease. There were times when we could have got to the net, gotten pucks to the net, and made it a little harder on them." -- Panthers center Nick Bjugstad


Need to know

Panthers forward Radim Vrbata did not return after being struck in the face by a puck 1:34 into the first period. … Kings forward Jussi Jokinen had his second assist in two games since being acquired in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers for forward Michael Cammalleri. Jokinen had one assist in 14 games with Edmonton. … The Panthers' top line of Barkov, Dadonov and Jonathan Huberdeau did not have a point for the third time in four games. … Kings forward Anze Kopitar had his NHL personal-best 10-game point streak ended (three goals, eight assists).

What's next

Panthers: At the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday (8 p.m. ET; PRIME, FS-F, NHL.TV)

Kings: At the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday (8 p.m. ET; ATTSN-RM, FS-W, NHL.TV)


Video: Kuemper, Toffoli propel Kings to 4-0 victory

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