OTTAWA - Michal Handzus scored the only goal Tuesday night as the Los Angeles Kings beat the Ottawa Senators 1-0.
The game also marked the NHL coaching debut for Cory Clouston, who took over after Craig Hartsburg was relieved of his duties Sunday night. Handzus picked up the puck behind the Senators net and then jammed a goal in from the side of the net at 17:21 of the third period. Wayne Simmonds and Brad Richardson picked up assists on Handzus' ninth goal of the season.
Jonathan Quick made 29 saves to record his third shutout of the season and improved to 4-1-0 in his last five starts. It was the first time he had faced the Senators.
Brian Elliot stopped 25 of 26 shots in the Ottawa goal and was very close to his fist career shutout in the NHL.
For nearly three periods, both teams created turnovers at regular intervals but no one was able to convert any of the created chances.
Sean O'Donnell made the most glaring giveaway of the game when he passed the puck directly to Dany Heatley in front of the Los Angeles goal. Heatley was all alone in front of Quick, but he hit the post.
It was the second 1-0 loss in three games for the Senators, who fell by the same count to the Blue Jackets last Friday in Columbus.
Notes: On Tuesday Kings D Denis Gauthier served the fist game of a five-game suspension he received for a hit on Josh Georges of the Montreal Canadiens Saturday afternoonKings D Matt Greene played in his 200th NHL game Tuesday nightthe Kings are the youngest team in the NHL with an average age of 25.3 years oldthe Senators trail the lifetime series with the Kings 6-13-2-1The Senators haven't scored a goal against the Kings since the December 2005. They were shutout 2-0 by the Kings in their only meeting last season and didn't play each other in 2006-07.