Sunrise, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Ben Scrivens recorded 20 saves for his third career shutout as the Los Angeles Kings blanked the Florida Panthers, 3-0, Sunday at BB&T Center.
Scrivens, starting for the first time in a Kings uniform for Jonathan Quick, was acquired via an offseason trade that sent goalie Jonathan Bernier to the Toronto Maple Leafs. His last shutout came also at BB&T Center in a 3-0 Toronto win on Feb. 18, 2013.
Before this, Scrivens appeared in one of the Kings’ first five games this season, coming in relief of Quick and stopping all five shots he faced in a 5-3 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Oct. 4.
Jordan Nolan had a goal and an assist while Dan Carcillo and Justin Williams also scored for the Kings, who improved to 4-2-0 but won in regulation for the first time this season.
The victory was the third in a row for the Kings, who are halfway through a four-game trip that continues Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The victory was the eighth in nine meetings for the Kings, who had a seven-game winning streak against the Panthers snapped on Feb. 9, 2012, in their last visit to South Florida.
Jacob Markstrom stopped 26 shots for the Panthers (2-4-0), who were coming off a 6-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in their home opener Friday night.
The Panthers were shut out for the second time this season. The first was a 7-0 loss against the St. Louis Blues on Oct. 5.
Carcillo opened the scoring at 8:46 of the second period after a strong effort by Mike Richards behind the Florida net.
Richards fought off two Panthers for the puck and sent a backhand pass to the side of the net, where Carcillo one-timed it past Markstrom for his first goal of the season.
Williams made it 2-0 at 14:55 after a turnover inside the Florida blue line. He beat Markstrom on a nifty give-and-go with Anze Kopitar, one-timing a pass in the slot.
In the third, Nolan added his first goal of the season at 12:28 when he skated through the slot and deflected Jarret Stoll’s centering pass from outside the right circle past Markstrom.