The Los Angeles Kings, and especially goaltender Jonathan Quick, headed into Wednesday night’s game against the Ottawa Senators needing a win after a fluke goal on a blunder by Quick cost them in a big way in a Monday night loss to the New York Rangers. The Kings were able to jump out to a great start against the Senators, but blew that lead and had to wait for Jeff Carter to come through in overtime to get the win.
Dustin Brown netted a pair of power play goals, and overall the Kings converted three of their six chances with the man-advantage. It wasn’t Quick’s best outing, but he stopped 22 of the 25 shots he faced and should have got a big confidence boost from the win. The Kings showed just how much faith they have in Quick as one of the best netminders in the league when they let Jonathan Bernier leave in the offseason. They brought in Ben Scrivens in return for Bernier and while they have yet to use him, he showed last season with the Toronto Maple Leafs that he is capable of coming through when he gets the occasional spot start. All goalie are going to give up the weak goal like Quick did on Monday, and getting a win on the heels of that gaffe is great news for the Kings. The defense showed there’s still work to be done, but on Wednesday the success of the power play was enough to defeat a tough Senators team.