Kings blank COVID-strapped Senators, 2-0

Kings blank COVID-strapped Senators, 2-0

Jonathan Quick made 34 saves for the 55th shutout of his NHL career and the visiting Los Angeles Kings won their seventh straight game, 2-0 against the short-handed Ottawa Senators on Thursday.Quick is second among active goalies in career shutouts behind Marc-Andre Fleury of the Chicago Blackhawks (67).Anze Kopitar and Andreas Athanasiou scored for the Kings, who last won seven in a row from Feb. 26 to March 11, 2020, the final seven games before the season was shut down because of the COVID-19 outbreak.Filip Gustavsson made 34 saves for the Senators, who had nine players in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol. They were shut out for the first time in 78 games, the longest streak in the NHL.The Kings took a 1-0 with a power-play goal after Drake Batherson went to the penalty box for hooking Mikey Anderson at 14:03 of the second period.Los Angeles tired out the Ottawa defense by keeping the puck in the Ottawa zone for the first 1:25 of the power play. Kopitar fired a wrist shot from the right circle that nicked off Senators defenseman Michael Del Zotto and past Gustavsson at 15:28.Kopitar, 34, leads the Kings with eight goals and 16 points.Adrian Kempe assisted on the goal to stretch his point streak to six games (four goals, three assists).

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