Sunday night had a great goaltending duel that left Henrik Lundqvist heading straight to the dressing room at the sound of the final buzzer, and Los Angeles Kings backup Ben Scrivens celebrating a shutout road victory with his teammates proving that maybe he shouldn’t have been a write-off by the Maple Leafs. With that win Scrivens has posted a two game shutout streak in replacement of injured Jonathan Quick, and it’s been a stretch of two and a half games that he hasn’t allowed a goal against.
With the help of the post, Scrivens played a solid game of endurance between himself and a Vezina caliber goaltender. Although there were only two goals scored in this game, one weird one ending up behind each goalie, but only the one off a Ranger’s leg and in behind Lundvist in the first period was the one that stood to count on the scoreboard. The two teams battled back and forth throughout this game and each goalie stood their ground keeping their team in a hard fought game. Unfortunately for the New York Rangers the goal they scored with just over 2 and a half minutes remaining in the 3rd period was called off after a review because the puck had been kicked in by Dominic Moore.
Los Angeles Kings Ben Scrivens stopped all 37 of the Rangers, and Henrik Lundqvist stopped all but one of the Kings 30 shots.
The Rangers, who are a respectable 7-3 in their last 10 games, weren’t able to follow up on their 1-0 win at Montreal on Saturday. New York dropped its second straight at home. “We were a little inconsistent at times, but we had our chances and opportunities,” Rangers captain Ryan Callahan said. “We played well, but you have to find a way to get one.”
Meanwhile the Los Angeles Kings are on a hot streak of 5-0-1 in their last six, and will begin a three-game homestand Tuesday against Tampa Bay. “We’ve just got to get back to L.A. now,” Scrivens said. “A couple of home games, and we get to sleep in our own beds a little bit and try to continue this.” Ben seems to be less impressed with the shutout streak he’s on than everyone else is, but he’s now leading the league in shutouts, Goals Against Average, and Save Percentage based on his recent performances. I’d say he’s definitely made a statement to the Maple Leafs that he shouldn’t have been written off so easily. Since he played equally as good, and equally as bad as Reimer during his tenure there. Los Angeles Kings starting goaltender Jonathan Quick had gone home to LA after suffering a “hamstring or groin-related” injury late in the team’s shocking 3-2 shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday. Quick will be checked out by the team’s doctors back in Los Angeles and have an MRI done. It is unclear whether or not Quick will be back in net for the first game of the homestand, or if he will even get to play any of the home games.
By Brandon Webb