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Panthers Wrap-Up: Kings 3, Panthers 0

by Glenn Odebralski / Florida Panthers

1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 0 0 0 0 0
kings 0 2 1 0 3
LAK - D. Carcillo (1), J. Williams (2), J. Nolan (1)

SUNRISE, FL —  ( - Ben Scrivens' first start in net for the Los Angeles Kings was a memorable one.

Scrivens, acquired in the offseason trade that sent goalie Jonathan Bernier to the Toronto Maple Leafs, made 20 saves for his third career shutout as the Kings beat the Florida Panthers 3-0 at BB&T Center on Sunday afternoon..

"We thought we could play a fancy game and you cannot play a fancy game against the Kings, the Blues, the majority of the NHL. You can't play that way and have success. It's a continuing work in progress for us to play the game the proper way, which isn't always easy."

- Head Coach Kevin Dineen.
1. Defensive First: After an entertaining first period on Friday with four goals, it was a defensive stalemate on Sunday afternoon as the Panthers and Kings combined for just 13 shots in the opening 20 minutes. The teams had a few solid chances but for the most part neither team could put a lot of pressure on the other. Aleksander Barkov, blocked two pass attempts on one shift alone as a highlight of the first period and Kris Versteeg was robbed by Ben Scrivens with a pad save and Versteeg in the slot.

2. Kings Second: The Kings kept plugging away and finally found a couple of goals. Panthers netminder Jacob Markstrom was the busier of the two netminders in the second period as the Kings recorded 16 shots on net compared to the Panthers eight. Daniel Carcillo got the scoring started with the eventual game-winner coming 8:46 into the period. Mike Richards made a no look pass from behind the net to an open Carcillo for the goal. Then a turnover allowed the Kings to double their lead with 5:05 to play in the period as Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams combined on a give-and-go with Williams finishing off the play. Florida had an excellent chance to get on the board first as they had the Kings hemmed in their own zone for a full two minute power play but couldn't find the back of the net.

3. Unable To Solve Scrivens: The Panthers had their chances. They were credited with 20 shots on net but for the second straight game they've seen Scrivens between the pipes, they weren't able to solve the netminder. Scrivens also recorded a shutout while with the Maple Leafs last season as Toronto won by an identical 3-0 final at the BB&T Center. The reason it was a 3-0 game this time around was that Jarret Stoll set up Jordan Nolan on the rush with 7:32 to play. Florida's best chances besides Versteeg in the first and the power play in the second came from Brad Boyes on a partial breakaway but the puck jumped off his stick.
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@Jeggthree: @FlaPanthers After high energy great victory Fri. went to game today. Disappointed, not same team. Hope get more consistent as year goes.

@SuperMarg513: Well first @FlaPanthers I game I attend this season and although it was a heartbreaker, I see potential! #GOPANTHERS

@joepileggi: Tough loss. Hard to get blanked at home. RT @FlaPanthers: Final Score 3-0 #LAKings #FlaPanthers. Shots 29-20 favoring LA.

@ValZu_71: @FlaPanthers We need better performance at home if we want to play some playoff hockey at Spring. #FlaPanthers

@RedSteeg32: Something to take away from today's #FlaPanthers game... Matt Gilroy looked great. 

Memorable fan posts from the game.

Gerri Jessen: This was actually a good game. Markstrom was good but their defense was solid.

Billy Hammer: Panthers didn't played their best game and when the Kings play like this, they are really tough to beat!

Kyle Pehlke: Frustrating. 0 goals is not gonna get us anywhere.

Riley Destin: Come on cats!

Joe Pileggi: We knew it would be a tough game going in against the Kings, but we can't get blanked at home.

1. It was a quiet night for the referees as the two teams combined for three minors. One was given to the Panthers and it came early as Mike Weaver was sent off 1:32 into the game for roughing. 

 For some reason, Ben Scrivens' has the Panthers number. It was his second straight shutout against the Cats, posting his first last season while with the Maple Leafs.

3. Forward Kris Versteeg led the way in the shot department for the Cats, posting four in the game. Three of those came in the opening 20 minutes of play.

 Florida was definitely the busier of the two teams in their own zone. Besides seeing 29 Kings shots get to Jacob Markstrom, the team combined to block another 15 attempts. Los Angeles on the other hand had just five blocked shots. The Cats were led by Dmitry Kulikov (three).

 The Panthers and Kings shot totals ranged between 6-8 in each of the periods with the exception of the Kings' second where they posted 16 on the board, getting two of them past Jacob Markstrom.

Ben Scrivens
He wasn't necessarily busy, seeing six, eight and six shots in each of the periods but he stopped them all in his first start of the season.

20 Shots, 20 Saves, 1.000 SV%
Florida makes a quick one-game trip on Tuesday as they head to Nashville to take on the Predators. Nashville last played on Saturday, where they beat the NY Islanders 3-2. Fourth overall pick Seth Jones got the scoring started for the Predators with his first NHL goal. The Predators are 2-3-0 in their first five games. Offensively, Mike Fisher and Patric Hornqvist lead the way with three points while Pekka Rinne has played in all five games between the pipes with a .889 save percentage and 3.13 goals against average.

Author: Glenn Odebralski |

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