It wasn't too long ago that we were talking about a six-game losing streak for Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick. Between Nov. 9 and Nov. 22, the Kings netminder didn't record a single victory. To make matters worse, he gave up three goals or more in three of those six defeats.
But what a difference a few weeks makes. In November, Quick couldn't buy a win, but now he just can't seem to lose. Saturday's overtime victory over the Carolina Hurricanes pushed his personal winning streak to six games. Winning that many games in a row is impressive, but what makes it even more remarkable is that he's given up just nine goals during that stretch.
As a team, the Kings have win eight games in a row. Yea, they're firing on all cylinders right now.
Saturday night wasn't as memorable for another one of the NHL's elite goaltenders, as Carey Price and the Canadiens were blown out on home ice by the Edmonton Oilers.
Price was given the hook early in the second period after he allowed four goals on just 14 Edmonton shots. After winning five games in a row over the last couple of weeks, Price and his team have now dropped three straight.
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KINGS 3 HURRICANES 2 (OT)
Tanner Pearson scored the overtime winner and he added an assist on a first-period goal by Tyler Toffoli. Pearson has six goals and 19 points in 31 games. He’s also picked up at least one point in five of his last six games.
Both Anze Kopitar and Toffoli had a goal and an assist in this one. They also finished the night with a plus-2 rating.
Elias Lindholm picked up the game-tying goal with under three minutes remaining in regulation. The ‘Canes forward has eight goals and eight assists in 28 games. He’s netted four points in his last four contests.
Scott Darling gave up three goals on just 21 shots. He has a 7-8-6 record with a 2.70 goals-against-average and a .900 save percentage. This was his sixth loss in his last seven contests.
Kings goalie Jonathan Quick made 32 saves on 34 shots. Quick is now riding a six-game winning streak. What makes the recent run that much more impressive, is that he’s given up two goals or less in each of those games.
ST. LOUIS 6 DETROIT 1
Brayden Schenn had a goal and an assist in the matinee win over the Wings. The 26-year-old is now riding a three-game point streak. He has six points during that stretch.
Jay Bouwmeester finished the game with a goal, an assist and a plus-3 rating in 19:19 of ice time.
Frans Nielsen was the only Red Wing to find the back of the net in this one. It was just his second goal in 12 games. He’s up to eight goals and 12 points in 29 games this season.
Blues goaltender Jake Allen stopped 28 of 29 shots. The 27-year-old has now won three games in a row. He owns a 16-6-2 record with a 2.56 goals-against-average and a .913 save percentage in 2017-18.
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Marchand has now found the back of the net in three of his last four contests. He’s up to 11 goals and 23 points in 19 games this season.
Rask turned aside 30 of 31 shots in the win. The Bruins goaltender is now riding a four-game winning streak.
Islanders netminder Jaroslav Halak stopped 30 of 32 shots in the loss. He’s dropped three of his last four games.
OILERS 6 CANADIENS 2
Jujhar Khaira scored two goals in the second and third period to give Edmonton 2-0 and 3-0 leads. He now has five goals and nine assists in 16 games.
Alex Galchenyuk, who was benched in Thursday’s game against the Flames, scored a power play goal. He has seven goals and 17 points in 31 games.
Oilers goalie Laurent Brossoit stopped 22 of 24 shots against the Canadiens. He wasn’t really tested by a bad Montreal team. This was just his second win of the season.
Carey Price was pulled early in the second period after he allowed four goals on 14 shots. Price and the Canadiens have now dropped each of their last three decisions (all at home).
LIGHTNING 4 JETS 3 (OT)
Nikita Kucherov’s third-period goal was his 20th of the season. He has seven points in his last 6 contests and he’s up to 41 points in 29 contests.
Nikolaj Ehlers scored one of Winnipeg’s three goals. He finished the night with a minus-2 rating and four shots on goal in 15:20 of ice time.
Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed three goals on 20 shots, but it was good enough to get the win. He’s won each of his last three games and four of his last five.
Connor Hellebuyck gave up four on 28 shots by the Lightning. Hellebuyck has a 15-3-4 record with a 2.50 goals-against-average and a .919 save percentage.
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Matt Nieto scored a goal and two assists on Saturday. Not bad for a guy who had just five points coming into the game. Six of his eight points have come in two games.
Jonathan Huberdeau had a productive night in a losing effort, as he finished the game with a goal and an assist. The Panthers forward has accumulated five points in his last two games. He’s up to nine goals and an incredible 31 points in 29 contests.
Panthers goalie James Reimer was shelled again on Saturday. He gave up five goals on 28 shots in the defeat. He’s now lost three of his last four contests.
Semyon Varlamov was the busier of the two goaltenders, as he stopped 39 of 42 shots against Florida. Varlamov now has a 9-7-1 record with a 3.14 goals-against-average and a .905 save percentage.
NY RANGERS 5 DEVILS 2
Mats Zuccarello scored a pair of goals for the Rangers. His markers gave New York 3-1 and 4-1 leads at the time. The 30-year-old now has seven goals and 24 points in 29 games this season. He’s picked up at least one point in seven of his last nine games.
Jesper Fast found the back of the net for the third game in a row. He has seven goals and eight assists in 24 games this season.
Henrik Lundqvist, who saw his five-game winning streak snapped on Friday, managed to get back into the win column by stopping 26 of 28 shots.
Devils blue liner Damon Severson netted his fourth goal of the season in the loss. He had a minus-1 rating and one shot on goal in 21:47 of ice time.
Keith Kinkaid couldn’t prevent the Devils from losing their second game in two nights. New Jersey’s backup goalie has a 5-3-1 record with a 3.49 goals-against-average and a .893 save percentage this season. Kinkaid has also given up five goals in each of his last two games.
MAPLE LEAFS 4 PENGUINS 3
Tyler Bozak picked up a pair of goals in Toronto’s victory. He also had an assist in the first period. Bozak has six goals and 14 points in 29 games this season.
Mitch Marner notched three assists in Saturday’s game against the Penguins. The Leafs forward helped set up both of Bozak’s goals and he also got an assist James van Riemsdyk’s 14th tally of the season.
Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen stopped 33 of 36 shots in the victory. He’s now been victorious in five of his last six decisions.
BLUE JACKETS 1 COYOTES 0
Josh Anderson was the only player to score a goal in this game. He has 11 goals and 18 points in 28 games this season.
Artemi Panarin picked up the primary assist on Anderson’s goal. After posting a five-assist game on Friday night, Panarin has now registered the primary helper on each of Columbus’ last six goals. Impressive.
Coyotes blue liner Oliver Ekman-Larsson played a game-high 26:19.
Antti Raanta allowed just one goal on 34 shots, but it still wasn’t enough to come up with the win. He has a 4-6-2 record with a 2.68 goals-against-average and a .919 save percentage.
Sergei Bobrovsky turned aside all 35 shots he faced in the victory. This was his fourth shutout of the season.
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David Perron had a goal and an assist for the Golden Knights. His power play tally in the second period gave Vegas a 2-1 lead at the time, while his assist on Erik Haula’s empty-net goal sealed the deal.
Jamie Benn scored his first goal in 10 games during Saturday night’s loss. It was also just his fourth point during that stretch. He has 12 goals and 25 points in 30 games.
Maxime Lagace was pretty busy as he gave up three goals on 39 shots. He now owns a 6-6-1 record with a 3.79 goals-against-average and a .872 save percentage.
Stars goalie Ben Bishop allowed four on 38 shots in his first game back from a back injury that cost him a game. Bishop has dropped each of his last two starts.
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Logan Couture notched a goal and two assists against the Senators. Both of Couture’s assists came on the man-advantage. He has 15 goals and nine assists so far in 2017-18.
Joe Pavelski had a multi-point game of his own, as he had a goal and an assist. He finished the night with a plus-1 rating and four shots on goal.
Alexander Burrows racked up 19 minutes in penalties after he got two minutes for roughing, five minutes for fighting Dylan DeMelo and a game misconduct.
Sharks backup goalie Aaron Dell turned aside all 25 shots the Senators sent his way. Dell has won each of his last three games.
San Jose handed Craig Anderson his seventh straight loss. The Senators goalie hasn’t won a game since Nov. 11. Yikes!
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After being suspended for Calgary’s last game, Matthew Tkachuk responded by scoring a pair of goals. The power forward has six goals and 19 points in 28 games this season.
Garnet Hathaway, who scored the game-tying goal against Montreal on Thursday, added two assists on Saturday. He now has four points in his last four games.
Brock Boeser scored one of Vancouver’s two goals. He finished the night with a minus-2 rating though. The rookie has 15 goals and 27 points in 27 games this season.
Flames goalie Mike Smith made 22 of 24 shots against Vancouver. Smith now owns a 2.68 goals-against-average and a .918 save percentage.
Anders Nilsson gave up three goals on 34 shots in the loss to the Flames. Nilsson has dropped two of his last three outings.