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Panthers Wrap-Up: Kings 4, Panthers 0

Panthers can't solve Quick as Kings netminder turns aside 24 in win.

Saturday, 03.22.2014 / 7:35 PM / Wrap Up
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Panthers Wrap-Up: Kings 4, Panthers 0
Panthers can\'t solve Quick as Kings netminder turns aside 24 in win.
Sat
3/22/2014
0-4
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 0 0 0 0 0
Kings 2 1 1 0 4
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.

FULL RECAP
 
"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).

 
Jonathan Quick
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.

24 Shots, 24 Saves, 1.000 SV%
 
 
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.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 76 16 22 -14 38
S. Upshall 76 15 22 1 37
B. Campbell 82 7 30 -6 37
B. Boyes 78 21 15 -6 36
S. Bergenheim 62 16 13 -16 29
J. Huberdeau 69 9 19 -5 28
T. Fleischmann 80 8 20 -18 28
T. Gilbert 73 3 25 -5 28
B. Pirri 49 13 12 6 25
A. Barkov 54 8 16 -3 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 25 23 7 .919 2.40
S. Clemmensen 6 7 1 .896 3.09
 
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