Quick, Kings blank Coyotes

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Updated: March 19, 2013

Jonathan Quick made 27 saves for his first
shutout of the season as the Los Angeles Kings took a 4-0 win over the Phoenix
Coyotes in the first of two games from Staples Center.

Anze Kopitar, Tyler Toffoli and Jeff Carter each posted a goal and an assist
for the Kings, who have won two straight and four of six. Jake Muzzin also
scored in the win.

“Our power play and our goalie was the difference in the game, I’m not sure
how well we played,” said Los Angeles head coach Darryl Sutter.

Mike Smith gave up four goals on 22 shots for the Coyotes, who have been held
scoreless during a three-game losing streak. Jason LaBarbera played the final
12 1/2 minutes and stopped all seven shots he faced.

These two teams will meet again in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Los Angeles took a 1-0 lead just 6:01 in on the power play after Kopitar sent
a pass from the right boards to the left point where Muzzin’s slap shot hit
off a Coyote on the way to the net.

The score stayed that way until the 8:39 of the second period when the Kings
took a 2-0 lead on another power play goal as Carter’s slap shot from the left
point was stopped, but Toffoli was at the left side to clean up the garbage
for his first NHL goal.

“It was just a shot from the point and hit their D-man, and then Carter made a
good play and put it between his legs and it just came right to me and I just
shot it,” said Toffoli.

Kopitar’s snap shot from the top of the left circle on a rush play fooled
Smith at the 6:22 mark, and Carter scored on a laser shot from the right wing
on another rush just 1:11 later to chase Smith from the net.

Game Notes

Los Angeles has taken two of three from Phoenix this season … Quick has 25
shutouts in his career, four against the Coyotes … The Kings went 2-for-6 on
the power play while Phoenix was 0-for-4.