Niagara Gazette — LOS ANGELES — Mike Richards and Anze Kopitar scored power-play goals, and Jonathan Quick earned his first shutout of the season in the Los Angeles Kings' 2-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.
Richards had a goal and an assist for the Kings, who returned from a four-day schedule break with their ninth victory in 13 games. Quick made 19 saves, including a handful of exceptional stops in his 26th career shutout.
Jhonas Enroth stopped 26 shots for the NHL-worst Sabres (3-14-1), who couldn't follow up their stunning win at San Jose with another surprise on their three-game California road trip. Buffalo hasn't won consecutive games all season.
Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff left the Buffalo bench early in the third period with a lower-body injury, according to the club.
The Kings had the past few days off to stew after a frustrating week of play that included losses to Phoenix and Nashville.
At 10-6, Los Angeles is off to another good start to the season after back-to-back trips to the Western Conference finals — but good isn't enough in a Pacific Division featuring Anaheim, San Jose, Phoenix and Vancouver.
Quick celebrated his 300th NHL game with his first regular-season shutout since last March 18, punctuating the win with a handful of scrambling saves late in the scoreless third period. Quick even kept his brother-in-law, Buffalo's Matt Moulson, off the scoresheet.
With Quick leading a solid defensive performance, Los Angeles won without two of its top forwards. Jeff Carter, the Kings' top goal-scorer, missed his second straight game with a foot injury, and center Jarret Stoll sat out for the first time this season with an upper-body injury.
Linden Vey made his NHL debut for the Kings in their absence, centering the fourth line with Kyle Clifford and Jordan Nolan. Fellow youngster Tyler Toffoli had an assist for the second straight game since getting called up for the first time this season.
Buffalo controlled the flow of play early on, but the Kings scored in the final minute of the first period on a power play. Richards nimbly redirected Jake Muzzin's shot from the point for his fourth goal in six games.
Kopitar scored during 4-on-3 play midway through the second period, putting a changeup one-timer past Enroth after a slick cross-ice give-and-go with Drew Doughty.
The Sabres, shut out for the fourth time already this season, hadn't visited Staples Center since Jan. 21, 2010. The Kings open a four-game road trip in Buffalo on Tuesday.
NOTES: Moulson and Quick are married to sisters Alicia and Jaclyn Backman. Moulson was in the Kings organization from 2006-09, scoring six goals in 29 games in Los Angeles, but never catching on with the big-league club. Moulson had two goals and four assists in his first four games with the Sabres, who acquired him from the New York Islanders late last month. ... Los Angeles D Robyn Regehr faced Buffalo for the first time since the Sabres traded him to the Kings late last season. ... Enroth was sent to the bench by the officials early in the first period, apparently to get white tape put over the colored tape on the butt end of his stick. ... After Kings F Matt Frattin landed a hard check on Cody McCormick late in the second period, Buffalo's 6-foot-8 Tyler Myers challenged the 6-foot Frattin to a fight. Frattin wrestled Myers to the ice, and Myers got an extra penalty for holding.