CHICAGO – Jonathan Quick recorded his 41st career shutout and five different Kings scored as Los Angeles shutout the reigning Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks 5-0 at United Center on Monday night.
Kris Versteeg, Milan Lucic, Vincent Lecavalier, Dustin Brown and Tyler Toffoli all scored for Los Angeles as the Kings crushed one of the best scoring teams in the NHL on their home ice.
Versteeg and Lucic started the scoring in the first period when they struck like lightning on consecutive shots just 18 seconds apart, dealing the Blackhawks an early blow.
Veteran, Vinny LeCavalier started and stayed with a play that gave the Kings a 3-0 lead at the end of the second period. Quick made an incredible save on NHL-leading goal scorer Patrick Kane and Trevor Lewis scooped up the rebound, setting up LeCavalier for his eighth goal of the season. LeCavalier beat Corey Crawford, who was slow to move to his right for the goal.
The Kings added two more goals in the third and final period thanks to Kings Captain Dustin Brown and young forward Tyler Toffoli who ended a long scoring drought. Before the goal, Toffoli had scored just twice in his last 24 games.
The Kings were perfect on the power kill, rendering the Blackhawks pulseless as they denied one of the league's top power play lines six different times on the night.
The Blackhawks have dropped four of their last five games and have fallen into third place in the rigorous Central Division with just 12 games left to play.
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The matchup featured the last four Stanley Cup winners and could be a potential Western Conference Finals preview.
Players of the Night:
Jonathan Quick – 32 for 32 on saves, 41st career shutout
Kris Versteeg – 12th goal of the season scored at the 3:17 mark in the 1st period.
Milan Lucic – 17th goal of the season scored at the 3:35 mark in the 1st period.
Vincent Lecavalier – 8th goal of the season scored at the 15:30 mark in the 2nd period.
Dustin Brown – 9th goal of the season scored at the 11:20 mark of the 3rd period.
Tyler Toffoli – 25th goal of the season scored at the 16:10 mark of the 3rd period.
1. An American in Chicago : Jonathan Quick recorded his 41st career shutout and passed John Vanbiesbrouck and Frank Brimsek for the most shutouts by an American-born goaltender in NHL history.
There it is folks! Jonathan Quick with a record 41st shutout. Most among any American-born goaltender in #NHL history #LAKings #LAKvsCHI — Michael J. Duarte (@michaeljduarte) March 15, 2016
2. Versteeg's Vengeance: The former Chicago Blackhawk scored his first goal as a member of the Los Angeles Kings in the first period. Versteeg played on Chicago's 2010 and 2015 Stanley Cup Championship teams, but was traded to the Hurricanes in September before joining the Kings on Feb. 28th.
@LAKings Sweet! #Versteeg hits up his old team with the first goal of game which happened to be the game winner! — Scarletcat (@scarletcat) March 15, 2016
3. Power Outage: Entering the game the Blackhawks had the 2nd highest power play percentage in the NHL and the most power play goals at home than any other team in the league. The Kings penalty kill line made quick work of that, stopping Chicago on a perfect six-for-six penalty kills. That's how you beat the champs.
Blackhawks power play 0-for-5 on the night. Power play quiet + second line quiet = not good hockey for Hawks. — Chris Hine (@ChristopherHine) March 15, 2016
The Los Angeles Kings (41-22-5) continue their tough road trip when they travel to Dallas on Tuesday to take on the Stars at 5:30PM PST.
The Chicago Blackhawks (41-23-6) look to rebound when they host the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday at 5:00 PM PST.