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by Paul on 01/14/14 at 11:45 AM ET
QUICK, KINGS EDGE CANUCKS ON DODGERS NIGHT
Jonathan Quick made 28 saves for his second shutout of the season and Dustin Brown scored the lone goal 24 seconds into the third period to power the Kings to their fourth consecutive victory over the Canucks.
* Quick improved to 3-1-1 with a 1.39 goals-against average, .942 save percentage and one shutout since being activated from the injured reserve list Jan. 4. He is 13-6-1 with a 2.12 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and two shutouts in 21 total appearances this season.
* Quick has 27 career shutouts, all with the Kings, five behind Rogie Vachon for the most in the franchise history.
* The Kings improved to 4-0-0 versus the Canucks this season (VAN: 0-3-1), marking the first time they have recorded four wins against Vancouver in a single season since 1990-91 (5-3-0). The clubs face off one more time in 2013-14 – April 5 at Rogers Arena.
* The Kings also improved to 10-3-1 this season against the Pacific Division, including a 7-0-1 combined record versus the Ducks, Sharks and Canucks.
JETS FLY IN MAURICE’S DEBUT
The Jets scored five unanswered goals and Ondrej Pavelec made 18 saves to give head coach Paul Maurice a victory in his debut behind the Winnipeg bench. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Maurice is the fifth head coach in Jets/Thrashers history to record a win in his team debut, following Don Waddell (Dec. 27, 2002), Bob Hartley (Jan. 15, 2003), John Anderson (Oct. 10, 2008) and Craig Ramsay (Oct. 8, 2010).
* Rookie Eric O’Dell, who scored his first NHL goal Saturday in his seventh career game, potted the game-winner. The 23-year-old forward was selected by the Ducks in the second round (39th overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft.
BIRTHDAY HEROICS POWER BLUE JACKETS
Celebrating his 27th birthday, Jack Johnson earned the primary assist on both the tying goal early in the third period and winning goal with 2:38 remaining in regulation to lead the Blue Jackets to their season-high fourth consecutive victory.
* Nathan Horton scored the tying goal, the 200th of his NHL career. The Blue Jackets are 5-1-0 since he was activated from the injured reserve list Jan. 2.
* Horton has 27-20—47 in 47 career games versus the Lightning, his most goals, assists and points against any opponent.
* Mark Letestu scored his first game-winning goal of the season and the sixth of his career. He has recorded four goals in his past five games after scoring only once in his first 41 outings this season.
* Sergei Bobrovsky made 26 saves to post his fifth consecutive victory. He has a 1.45 goals-against average, .954 save percentage and one shutout in that span.
RAMO SHUTS THE DOOR
Karri Ramo made 23 saves to record his first NHL shutout in leading the Flames to their seventh victory in their last nine meetings with the Hurricanes (7-1-1). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first Flames goaltender other than Miikka Kiprusoff to post a shutout since March 24, 2004, when Roman Turek made 22 saves in a 4-0 win over the Coyotes.
Lightning defenseman Matthew Carle collected an assist to extend his career-long assist/point streak to seven games (0-9—9) . . . Flames forward Sean Monahan scored his 13th goal of the season, which ranks third among rookies behind Sharks forward Tomas Hertl and Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon (15 each) . . . Jets forward Mark Scheifele recorded his 17th assist of the season, which leads all first-year players. Scheifele also ranks fifth among rookies with 24 points in 48 games . . . The Senators signed general manager Bryan Murray to a two-year contract extension and also named him president of hockey operations. The team said he will hold both jobs through the 2015-16 season and then remain with the club for an additional two seasons in an advisory capacity.
SNEAK PEEK AT TUESDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Toronto @ Boston, 7:00 p.m., SNET-O, NESN
Tampa Bay @ NY Rangers, 7:00 p.m., SUN, MSG 2
San Jose @ Washington, 7:00 p.m., CSN-CA, CSN-DC
Philadelphia @ Buffalo, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, TSN, CSN-PH
New Jersey @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m., RDS, MSG PLUS, TSN-HABS
NY Islanders @ Florida, 7:30 p.m., MSG PLUS 2, FS-F
Colorado @ Chicago, 8:00 p.m., ALT, CSN-CH
Phoenix @ St. Louis, 8:00 p.m., FS-A, FS-MW
Calgary @ Nashville, 8:00 p.m., SNET-W
Ottawa @ Minnesota, 8:00 p.m., SNET-E, FS-N
Edmonton @ Dallas, 8:30 p.m., SNET-W, SNET-EDM, FS-SW
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