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Peter Budaj, Kings blank Maple Leafs

Makes 19 saves for second straight shutout

by David Alter / NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- Peter Budaj made 19 saves for his second consecutive shutout, and the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-0 at Air Canada Centre on Tuesday.

It was Budaj's 13th NHL shutout. He hasn't allowed a goal in his past 150:32; he shut out the Calgary Flames on Saturday.

"I'm glad I'm getting into the game rhythm a little bit," Budaj said. "I'm seeing the puck really well right now and I just have to continue working hard and try to help the team."

 

WATCH: All Kings vs. Maple Leafs highlights

 

Budaj has been getting a majority of the starts since the Kings (7-6-0) have been without starter Jonathan Quick, who sustained a lower-body injury in the opening game of the season.

Budaj is 7-3-0 with a 1.86 goals-against average and .919 save percentage.

"It kind of speaks for itself," Los Angeles forward Tanner Pearson said. "He's doing his job for sure back there; we're just trying to help him out and do ours."

Video: LAK@TOR: Pearson blasts one-timer past Andersen

The seven goals allowed by the Maple Leafs (5-5-3) were a season high and a three-game winning streak ended.

"We're a group that wants to get that level (that Los Angeles is at), and they showed us tonight we have a long way to go," Toronto defenseman Morgan Rielly said.

Jeff Carter scored the first of his two goals when Dwight King fought off two Maple Leafs in the Toronto zone. He passed to Carter, who skated in uncontested and beat Frederik Andersen on the right side to make it 4-0 at 13:33 of the second period.

Andersen was pulled for backup Jhonas Enroth after Carter's first goal. Andersen made 22 saves on 26 shots.

Carter scored his second goal when he bounced a puck from behind the net off Enroth's back to make it 5-0 at 18:13 of the second.

Video: LAK@TOR: Carter banks puck off Enroth for second goal

"A few lucky bounces here and there, but all in all it's starting to come together for us," Carter said. "We just have to keep going with the way we have played."

Dustin Brown made it 1-0 when he picked up a pass from Nic Dowd just outside the circle. Brown took a snap shot that deflected through the legs of Ben Smith and beat Andersen on the glove side at 13:56 of the first period.

The Kings added to their lead when Anze Kopitar centered a pass from the circle to Pearson, whose one-timer beat Andersen on the left side to make it 2-0 at 3:23.

Tyler Toffoli scored 1:50 later. He had a clear path to the net but shot from the right circle. He found space between Andersen's glove and left pad to make it 3-0 at 5:13.

Kyle Clifford at 15:59 and Dwight King at 19:13 scored third-period goals.

Video: LAK@TOR: Toffoli takes it himself on a three-on-two

 

Goal of the game

Clifford made it 6-0 when Derek Forbort's shot came off the boards and Clifford redirected it with his stick below the height of the crossbar.

Video: LAK@TOR: Clifford's wicked deflection finds twine

 

Save of the game

Shortly after the Maple Leafs pulled Andersen, Mitchell Marner skated deep into the Los Angeles zone and put a snap shot in the slot. Budaj was able to make a right-pad save at 14:38 of the second period.

 

Highlight of the game

Trevor Lewis skated around the net in the final minute, and his attempt to pass to King went off King's skate for the final goal.

Video: LAK@TOR: Lewis' wraparound goes in off King's skate

 

Unsung moment of the game

Budaj had to be sharp early, despite not facing a lot of shots. Nikita Soshnikov took a shot from the left boards, but Budaj was able to get his blocker on it at 3:00 of the first period.

 

They said it

"They were competitive and we weren't. I obviously have to take responsibility for that because we weren't competitive enough to compete at the level of the game tonight for whatever reason. They got better and we got worse and we didn't have any pushback in time whatsoever. As optimistic as everything appears one day, and you've won three in a row, you get your lunch fed to you and you're not competitive, not organized and not prepared." -- Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock

 

Video: LAK@TOR: Carter picks the corner to extend the lead

 

What's next

Kings: At the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; SN360, RDS, FS-W, NHL.TV)

Maple Leafs: Host the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday (7 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, TSN4, TCN-PH, NHL.TV)

 

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