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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.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NYI 47 32 14 1 155 130 65
2 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
3 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
4 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 TOR 49 22 23 4 143 152 48
11 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 45 16 13 -1 29
A. Ekblad 45 6 21 5 27
J. Huberdeau 42 8 17 1 25
J. Jokinen 44 4 21 -2 25
B. Boyes 43 10 11 2 21
J. Hayes 37 13 7 -1 20
S. Bergenheim 34 7 9 1 16
A. Barkov 34 5 9 -5 14
T. Fleischmann 38 5 8 9 13
V. Trocheck 28 4 9 6 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 17 11 8 .920 2.43
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .891 2.96
 
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