Sean Burke made 40 saves for his 38th career shutout, and Alexander Frolov and Michael Cammalleri each scored twice to help the Los Angeles Kings beat the Florida Panthers 7-0 on Saturday night.
Konstantin Pushkarev, Dustin Brown and Jamie Lundmark also scored for Los Angeles, which had dropped seven of its previous eight road games. Frolov, Cammalleri, Sean Avery and Derek Armstrong each had two assists.
“We haven’t had a lot of problems scoring goals this year – it’s been keeping them out that’s been the biggest problem,” Kings coach Marc Crawford said. “Sean’s come in and taken that burden away from us and it has given us a better feel for our team.”
Burke, who turned 40 on Jan. 29, was claimed off waivers from Tampa Bay on Jan. 18. It was his first shutout since April 8, 2006, vs. Pittsburgh.
“When the game’s kind of out of reach, and you get down to the last four or five minutes, you think about the shutout,” Burke said. “It’s such a good thing for the team. If you win 7-1, 7-2, it’s a great victory. But when you don’t give up anything, everybody feels a part of that.”
The Kings scored six goals on 18 shots through two periods. Panthers goalie Ed Belfour was replaced by Alexander Auld with Florida trailing 3-0 and 5:59 left in the first period.
Frolov gave an assist to Burke for helping the Kings’ offensive attack.
“He has made so many great saves the last two games, it’s much easier to play when you’re not afraid what’s going on (behind you),” Frolov said.
Florida, which entered the game 6-1-1 in its previous eight home games, was shut out for the seventh time this season.
“I still can’t believe this happens – it is hard to even think about the playoffs after we play like this,” Panthers captain Olli Jokinen said.
The Kings began a five-game trip by improving to 7-18 on the road.
“It’s a perfect way to start the road trip,” Cammalleri said. “We have a lot of guys from out East, and there are family and friends around, so it’s really fun to get this win.”
Goals by Cammalleri, Pushkarev and Brown gave Los Angeles a 3-0 lead 13:55 into the first period.
Frolov increased the lead to 4-0 when he finished a 3-on-1 by redirecting a centring pass from Avery 3:45 into the second period.
Lundmark and Frolov scored 36 seconds apart to build a 6-0 cushion 14:32 into the second period.
“This was a game that you definitely could call ugly,” Panthers coach Jacques Martin said. “It’s unacceptable, and that’s the bottom line.”
Notes: Frolov has 28 goals, including seven in his past eight games. Cammalleri has 22. … Brown scored his team-high ninth power-play goal. … Florida defenceman Martin Lojek made his NHL debut by filling in for Mike Van Ryn (hand). Lojek was recalled from Rochester of the American Hockey League on Saturday. … L.A. hasn’t lost at Florida in almost 5½ years, dating to Oct. 26, 2001. They’re 2-0 since then, also winning on Nov. 5, 2003.