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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 ET / Wrap Up
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Panthers Wrap-Up: Kings 4, Panthers 0
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.

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"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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 53 31 16 6 143 118 68
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 TBL 52 29 19 4 138 123 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
8 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
9 NJD 54 26 21 7 120 122 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 50 16 21 11 37
J. Huberdeau 53 10 27 9 37
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
J. Jokinen 53 10 25 11 35
V. Trocheck 53 17 16 3 33
R. Smith 53 16 15 10 31
B. Pirri 49 10 13 -5 23
A. Ekblad 49 10 12 20 22
B. Campbell 53 4 16 16 20
N. Bjugstad 38 9 8 -4 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 13 5 .930 2.13
A. Montoya 8 3 1 .929 2.01

 
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