FLA - NONE LAK - T. Lewis (5), M. Richards (10), D. Brown (13), PP - A. Martinez (9)
LOS ANGELES — (NHL.com) - The outstretched glove of Jonathan Quick might as well have been a reminder that no Western Conference team wants to play the Los Angeles Kings in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
When Quick finds his Conn Smythe Trophy-form, like he did Saturday in a 4-0 win against the Florida Panthers at Staples Center, the Kings seem better than their third-place in the Pacific Division status.
"He was on top of his game. You could see he was feeling it. I don't know if we would have ever got a puck by him tonight. It was one of those games where he sees everything. Even the ones he didn't see he stopped."
- Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo on Kings netminder Jonathan Quick.
1. Quick Enough: The Panthers had their opportunities against the stingy Kings defense on Saturday, but Jonathan Quick was there to keep them off the score sheet. The Kings' goaltender came up with two spectacular saves in the second frame, flashing the glove to rob Tomas Fleischmann 3:04 in on a Cats' power play, then stoning Quinton Howden midway through the period. Quick finished with 24 saves and earned the shutout to become LA's all time leader in wins by a goalie.
2. Tro-checking:Vincent Trocheck continued his strong play since making his NHL debut on March 7. Averaging almost 20 minutes a game in his first eight games (19:43), Trocheck was used heavily against the Kings top line and helped keep them off the scoresheet. The Panthers’ Young Gun won 53% of his draws while laying out three hits and was credited with two takeaways on 17:34 of ice time.
3. On The Up:While Scottie Upshall, who leads the Cats in points with 34, which is tied for a career high (2010-11), did not get on the scoresheet today, he led the team in shots with four (tied with Sean Bergenheim & Nick Bjugstad) and played a solid two-way game that included scoring chances in the Kings end and some solid penalty killing. With a roster full of NHL neophytes, the Panthers alternate captain has continued to lead by example.
Memorable twitter posts from the game.
@gtodd825: Really @FlaPanthers?! I was hoping for a better effort than that! Can you score a couple if goals to at least make it interesting?
@Jpz02: @FlaPanthers gotta clear the front of the net boys.
Memorable fan posts from the game.
Allan Baldwin: Tough schedule. Go, Cats!
Lillian Pauley Weitzel: ;(
2. LA's Trevor Lewis scored a goal and added an assist for his second multi point game of the season.
8.Florida recorded eight shots in each of the three periods.
11. The Kings received offense from throughout the lineup, as 11 skaters picked up points.
17. Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck took 17 of the Panthers face-offs, winning 53% of his draws (9/17).
Made some big stops throughout the game, none bigger than his save on Tomas Fleischmann early in the second period to keep the score 2-0.
The Cats close out their four-game west coast road trip in Anaheim on Sunday (8pm ET) before heading back home for a three-game homestand against Ottawa (3/25), Carolina (3/27) and Montreal (3/29). The Ducks are currently in third place in the Western Conference and second in the Pacific Division with 97 points (45-18-7). They're led offensively by a couple of superstars in captain Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry who have 76 and 69 points respectively. Jonas Hiller, meanwhile, has a 27-11-6 record with a 2.40 GAA and .914 save percentage between the pipes.