Andreas Athanasiou scores twice as Kings blank Sabres

Andreas Athanasiou scores twice as Kings blank Sabres

Andreas Athanasiou scored twice, Cal Petersen crafted his second shutout this season and the Los Angeles Kings earned a 3-0 victory Sunday afternoon over the host Buffalo Sabres.Athanasiou notched his 100th career goal in the second period, then he and Dustin Brown scored into an empty net in the final minute as Los Angeles won its second straight and improved to 20-6-3 against the Eastern Conference.On a fairly light day of work, Petersen had 19 saves in his third career shutout, also earning one Jan. 8 with 21 saves against the Detroit Red Wings.The Kings are 2-1-0 on their four-game road trip, which will conclude Monday at Boston.The Sabres were coming off consecutive games when they scored five goals in each and lost for the first time in three games with a visit from the Florida Panthers on Monday. Dustin Tokarski recorded 29 saves for Buffalo.Both sides went 0-for-1 on the power play.The Kings won the first matchup – a 3-2 victory on Oct. 31 – but were facing a healthier bunch of Sabres than when the clubs met on the West Coast.The Sabres failed on the first period’s only power play but did manage to withstand the Kings’ 15-9 advantage on shots in the opening 20 minutes.

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