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Reimer makes 41 saves, Hurricanes shut out Kings

Niederreiter, Teravainen score in Carolina's third straight win

by Kurt Dusterberg / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Reimer's 24th career shutout

LAK@CAR: Reimer stops all 41 shots faced in 2-0 win

James Reimer picked up his third shutout of the season when he stopped all 41 shots faced in the Hurricanes' 2-0 win over the Kings

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- James Reimer made 41 saves to lift the Carolina Hurricanes to a 2-0 win against the Los Angeles Kings at PNC Arena on Saturday.

Nino Niederreiter and Teuvo Teravainen scored for the Hurricanes (27-16-2), who have won three straight and two in a row by shutout. Petr Mrazek made 32 saves in Carolina's 3-0 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Friday.

"[Reimer] was obviously the difference," Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "It's nice to have a couple games like that where our goalies have been that solid. We survived, no doubt, the last … almost two periods. We just took our foot off the gas a little. I give [the Kings] a lot of credit, they worked really hard. They had a game plan and they stuck to it, and they kind of dictated the play."

 

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Reimer stopped a shot from Drew Doughty with 29 seconds left and was slow to get up, but he was able to finish the game. Doughty hit the goal post with 11 seconds left.

"Just a little dehydrated, that's all," Reimer said. "Honestly, it wasn't too much about strategy. It was more about seeing if my body would unwind a little bit so I could play the last 30 [seconds]."

Video: LAK@CAR: Niederreiter cleans up Teravainen's rebound

Jack Campbell made 28 saves for the Kings (18-25-4), who have lost four of five. The Kings were shut out by the Hurricanes for the second time this season (2-0, at Los Angeles, Oct. 15 by Mrazek).

"It stings a lot," Campbell said. "It almost stings more when you play that well and can't win the game. This team might be the best I've played against, personally,"

Carolina took a 1-0 lead at 4:52 of the first period on Niederreiter's first goal in nine games. Niederreiter returned a pass from Teravainen, passing up a good look before Campbell stopped Teravainen's bid from the slot. The rebound came back to Niederreiter for a tap-in from the right of the goal crease.

"It definitely helps a lot when you're struggling to find the net," Niederreiter said. "It was definitely nice that the puck came back to me, even though I should have shot it first."

The Kings made a push in the second period, outshooting the Hurricanes 14-8, but Reimer was sharp. His right-pad save stopped Adrian Kempe's move to the forehand at the top of the crease.

"We had some really good looks this game, and obviously it's frustrating when you don't score," Kempe said. "We stuck with it the entire game. Their goalie played a helluva game. We've got to take the good parts with us."

Teravainen scored into the empty net to make it 2-0 with four seconds left.

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They said it

"A lot of years in the League, that's probably one of the better-played losses that I've experienced. The team really played well. We played against a team that doesn't give up much, plays at a fast pace, and I think we played right there with them the whole night. A little puck luck around the net and it could have been a different story." -- Kings coach Todd McLellan

"I look at wins and losses. That's really what it's all about. You've got to manage the personalities when they're not scoring because that's the issue. But really, we're worried about winning. It doesn't matter who scores." -- Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour

 

Need to know 

Kings forward Alex Iafallo's nine-game point streak (four goals, six assists) ended. … Jaret Anderson-Dolan was the center on the fourth line and played 10:27 (no shots) in his season debut with Los Angeles. … Doughty is one point from tying Rob Blake (494) for most points among defensemen in Kings history. … Reimer and Mrazek are the first goalies in Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers history to record at least three shutouts each in the same season. … The Hurricanes recorded back-to-back shutouts on consecutive nights for the second time in their history (Kevin Weekes, March 6-7, 2003). … Carolina completed its seven-game homestand 5-2-0. 

 

What's next

Kings: At the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; SUN, FS-W, NHL.TV).

Hurricanes: At the Washington Capitals on Monday (7 p.m. ET; FS-CR, ESPN+, NBCSWA, NHL.TV).

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