Share this article

print logo

Quick Hits: Kings 2, Sabres 0

LOS ANGELES -- No goals, no chance.

The Buffalo Sabres were shut out for the second time on their three-game Western road trip Saturday night, dropping a 2-0 decision to the Los Angeles Kings.

A Staples Center sellout crowd of 18,230 saw Tanner Pearson score both goals as the Kings won their fourth straight game. Pearson tallied at 4:40 of the second period and then gave his team some breathing room by banging home a Jake Muzzin rebound with 6:20 left in the game.

The Sabres finished the trip 1-2 and scored just three goals in the three games. All of them came during Friday's 3-1 win in San Jose.

Former Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth made 23 saves to post his second shutout of the season. Robin Lehner was strong in the Buffalo net with 33 saves.

Pinball: The Kings got a fortunate break on their first goal as Alec Martinez's shot drilled Zemgus Girgensons in the leg and ricocheted perfectly to Pearson, who one-timed it past Lehner. Pearson was a split second ahead of Rasmus Ristolainen, who had dropped his stick on the play and was just trying to get back into the play after picking it up.

No Goal I: The Kings though they had opened the scoring in the first period but Anze Kopitar's deflection of a shot from the point was clearly a high stick and was imediately waved off.

No Goal II: Another Los Angeles goal was wiped out in the second period as Dustin Brown backhanded a puck past Lehner from the doorstep -- but he was only open because he tripped Johan Larsson just as the puck was coming into the slot. Brown went off for tripping.

Man advantage misery: The Sabres went 0 for 3 on the power play -- leaving them at 0 for 7 on the trip and 3 for 28 the last nine games. Buffalo had three shots on its power plays and rarely got heavy puck possession in the Kings' zone.

Missed opportunity: The Sabres had their best chance to tie with about 10 1/2 minutes left as Enroth stopped Sam Reinhart and Evander Kane in short order. Kane was thrusting his arms in the air to celebrate an apparent tying goal but his shot hit a prone Enroth in the chest and trickled wide of the goal.

Old Home Days: The Kings played a video during a first-period timeout to honor defenseman Rob Scuderi in his first game back with the team after being reacquired from Chicago. Scuderi, shown in the clip hoisting the Stanley Cup here in 2012, waved and acknowledged the cheers of the roaring crowd as the theme music from "Welcome Back, Kotter" filled the building.

Go West: The game marked the Sabres' final one outside the Eastern Time Zone this season. Buffalo was 5-8-1 in road games against Western Conference foes. The Sabres are 5-3-2 against the West at home, with visits still to come from Edmonton, Calgary, Minnesota and Winnipeg. The Oilers and Connor McDavid are in town for Buffalo's next game Tuesday night at 7:30 in First Niagara Center.

email: mharrington@buffnews.com

##

There are no comments - be the first to comment