Jonathan Quick bounced back from a shaky performance and handed the Detroit Red Wings their first shutout in nearly a year. Quick made 51 saves for his 10th NHL shutout and defenseman Drew Doughty had three assists in the Los Angeles Kings' 5-0 victory over the Red Wings last night in Detroit.
Anze Kopitar had two goals, and Wayne Simmonds, Oscar Moller and Jack Johnson also scored for Los Angeles, which has won four of five overall and four straight against the Red Wings.
Dustin Brown added two assists to help Quick earn his second shutout this season.
"It's great and all to get all of those saves but at the end of the day, the two points is all that matters," said Quick, who struggled in Saturday' s 3-2 home overtime loss to the Minnesota Wild.
"I was looking to get back out and put that game behind me," he said.
Quick's 26 saves in the second period went a long way toward that. The Red Wings were last shut out on Jan. 12 in a 6-0 loss to the New York Islanders.
"Quick was excellent, especially in the second period when we took the two penalties [both by defenseman Alec Martinez]. They threw a lot of rubber at him," Kings coach Terry Murray said. "We couldn't get it out and we couldn't win a faceoff."
Quick's most spectacular effort of the night came when he dove across the net to get his stick in front of Tomas Holmstrom's rebound shot during Detroit's first power play a little over 7:30 into the second period.
" 'Homer' looked like he was going to score on a rebound, but he somehow came across and made a great save," Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom said.
Jimmy Howard made 21 saves in taking the loss.
"Hats off to Quickie. He played a hell of a game. He stole that one," Howard said. "He was in a zone.''
In other games:
* At Ottawa, Bryan Little scored his second goal of the game 1:09 into overtime to give the Atlanta Thrashers a 4-3 win over the Senators.
Little jumped on Ottawa center Jason Spezza's no-look pass in the Atlanta zone and drove down the right side before firing a shot past Senators goalie Brian Elliott.
Dustin Byfuglien had a goal and an assist for Atlanta, which recovered from blowing a 3-0 lead. Byfuglien assisted on Little's goal late in the first period and scored his ninth goal 17:38 into the second to give the Thrashers the big lead.
Jim Slater also had a goal, and Chris Thorburn had two assists in the first period.
Ondrej Pavelec made 27 saves for Atlanta, which has won 10 of 12.
* At Denver, Tomas Fleischmann and Matt Duchene scored 1 minute apart late in the third period to help the Colorado Avalanche rally for a 7-5 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.
Colorado trailed 5-4 with 2:24 remaining, but Fleischmann tied it by beating screened goalie Corey Crawford. Duchene added the game winner 60 seconds later, scoring for the second time in the game.
Ryan O'Reilly added an insurance goal in the final seconds, with Crawford on the bench, as the Avalanche won their third straight game.
* At Calgary, Jarome Iginla scored his 14th goal of the season 3:49 into overtime, lifting the Flames over the Columbus Blue Jackets, 3-2.
Iginla also scored the game's first goal.
* At Nashville, Anders Lindback stopped 28 shots and Patric Hornqvist scored two goals as the Predators shut out the New York Islanders, 5-0.
* The Los Angeles Kings have activated defenseman Willie Mitchell from their injured reserve list and placed forward Brad Richardson on IR.