LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Jonathan Quick made 24 saves in his ninth career shutout, Justin Williams scored with 14:40 to play and the Los Angeles Kings remained unbeaten at home with a 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.
The Kings remained atop the overall NHL standings with their ninth win in 12 games to open the season, including five victories during an unbeaten start at home.
Los Angeles also beat Tampa Bay at home for just the second time in franchise history.
After two scoreless, tight-checking periods, Tampa Bay defenceman Mathieu Roy’s outlet pass deflected to Ryan Smyth, who made a quick backhand pass. Williams had trouble controlling the puck and did a full spin in front of Lightning goalie Mike Smith before scoring in his fourth consecutive game.
OTTAWA (AP)—Jason Spezza had a goal and three assists and Ottawa handed New York its sixth straight loss.
Spezza, held without a point in his first two games back from a groin injury, set up goals by defencemen Sergei Gonchar and David Hale before scoring his second of the season to put Ottawa up by three 6:17 into the second.
He got his third assist when Chris Kelly scored into an empty net with 12.5 seconds remaining. Peter Regin had two assists.
Brian Elliott made 28 saves in his ninth straight start for the Senators, who have won five of seven since getting off to a 1-4-1 start.
Matt Moulson spoiled Elliott’s shutout bid with a power-play goal 3:40 into the third. Dwayne Roloson stopped 23 shots for New York, which has been outscored 20-5 in its last four games.
PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Former Rangers Blair Betts and Nikolay Zherdev scored for Philadelphia in the teams’ first meeting since an emotional final day of the 2009-10 regular season.
Mike Richards and Chris Pronger added power-play goals for Philadelphia which extended its season-best winning streak to five games.
Despite the loss, the Rangers are 14-4-2 in their last 20 games in Philadelphia.
The last time these teams met was an eventful 3-2 shootout win by the Flyers in Philadelphia that them into the playoffs as the seventh seed. They went on to represent the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup finals against the Chicago Blackhawks.
In the second period, Brandon Dubinsky fired a rebound from Michael Del Zotto’s shot past goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. Dubinsky leads the Rangers with eight goals in 12 games.
ST. LOUIS (AP)—David Perron made the San Jose Sharks pay once he recovered from Joe Thornton’s elbow to the head.
Jaroslav Halak earned his third shutout, and Thornton drew a five-minute major penalty and game misconduct for head contact after his mid-ice check early in the second period sent Perron sprawling to the ice.
Perron scored late in the second period after third-line checker Matt D’Agostini got his fifth goal of the season in the first.
The Blues extended their franchise record to 12 wins overall in a row at home despite going 0 for 6 on the power play. Most of last season, St. Louis had one of the worst home records in the NHL.
ATLANTA (AP)—Mathieu Garon stopped 25 shots for his second straight shutout.
Derick Brassard scored for the fifth time in six games, on a snap shot 4:46 into the second period.
Brassard, who had nine goals in 79 games last season, also had an assist when Marc Methot scored midway through the third period for a 2-0 lead. R.J. Umberger added an empty-netter.
Attendance was a record-low 8,461. The smallest crowd the team drew before was earlier this year, 8,820 against Buffalo on Oct. 20.
The Thrashers began the night second in the league with 40 goals before being shut out for the first time this season.
DENVER (AP)—Backup Cory Schneider stopped 33 shots and Ryan Kesler scored the first of three power-play goals for Vancouver in its fifth straight win.
Henrik Sedin and Raffi Torres also scored on the power play for the Canucks, while Daniel Sedin added two assists.
David Van Der Gulik scored his first NHL goal late in the game, spoiling Schneider’s bid for his first career shutout.
The Canucks gave starter Roberto Luongo the night off, starting Schneider for the first time in nearly two weeks. Schneider hardly looked rusty, shutting down the top-scoring team in the league to move to 3-0 this season.
Colorado came in averaging 3.5 goals a game.