LOS ANGELES -- Forget winning a game at Staples Center. The Buffalo Sabres can't even score a goal in the gargantuan home of the Los Angeles Kings.
The Sabres were shut out for the fourth straight time here Thursday night, suffering a 2-0 loss that was their second straight on their Western road trip. Oddly enough, all four of the losses have been by that 2-0 score.
Buffalo's last goal here was scored by former captain Craig Rivet during the third period of a shootout loss in 2010. Total time without a Sabres goal in the building: 263 minutes, 53 seconds.
The Los Angeles win made it 14 straight victories in the series for the home team when the game is played in an NHL arena. Buffalo won as the "road" team during a 2011 NHL Premiere Series meeting in Berlin.
Both Los Angeles goals came in the third period, by Jarome Iginla at 36 seconds and Adrian Kempe at 14:40. Jonathan Quick got the shutout as the Kings outshot Buffalo, 36-25.
The Sabres fell to 2-8-2 in their last 12 games overall and have lost six straight on the road.
Breaking the ice: Iginla put the Kings up period with a great dual effort. He outworked the Sabres down low and directed the puck toward the net with one hand. Breaking away from traffic, he then snuck behind Ryan O'Reilly, Zach Bogosian and Cody Franson, taking a pass from Anze Kopitar and easily tapping to the puck in to Lehner's right.
Getting breathing room: Lehner was about to freeze the puck but Dustin Brown swoopoed in to take it away from him. A few seconds later, Kempe got the puck in the right circle and beat Lehner with a quick shot off the goal post.
Milestones: Brown also assisted on Iginla's goal to earn his 500th NHL point. Iginla's goal was No. 622 of his career.
Close calls: The Sabres pressed in the third, with Jack Eichel fanning on a loose puck just to Jonathan Quick's right and Brian Gionta tapping the puck wide on a pass from Tyler Ennis during a 2-on-1 break.
Scoreless first period: The Kings outshot Buffalo, 15-2. Yes, 15-2. Buffalo's first shot was a flip by Sam Reinhart from outside the blueline after 5:40 of play and the other coming from Evan Rodrigues. Reinhart and Matt Moulson both skated down the left wing and cranked shots off the goalpost to the right of Quick.
Scoreless second period: The Sabres were better, especially in the last seven minutes or so. The shots were 10-9 for the Kings, although Lehner still had to be sharp on several plays. Jonathan Quick.
No old friends: Former Buffalo defenseman Brayden McNabb was a healthy scratch for the Kings. So was winger Jordan Nolan, the son of ex-Buffalo coach Ted Nolan.
Up next: The Sabres wrap up the Western portion of the trip Friday at 10 p.m. Eastern in Anaheim. They return home and they hit the road again to play Monday in Detroit before hosting Pittsburgh on Tuesday.