The Los Angeles Kings lost in a shootout for the first time this season and also lost Jonathan Quick. Quick was pulled with a little over 1 minute left in overtime with what is thought to be a groin or hip injury. Backup Ben Scrivens took over and did not face a shot until the shootout where he conceded 2 goals. Sabres goalie Ryan Miller was on top of his game and stopped both Kings attempts in the shootout. LA was coming off a magnificent win over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night, but could only get 2 goals past Miller. The Kings still have not been able to put a long win streak together as this loss came against one of the worst teams in the NHL.
LA thoroughly dominated the Sabres as they had 45 shots on goal compared to a measly 17 by the Sabres. Ryan Miller was amazing in goal, but the Kings could only manage 2 goals on 40 plus shots. LA controlled possession throughout, but allowed the Sabres best player Cody Hodgson to score 2 goals. Justin Williams added to his goal total with his seventh of the season and Mike Richards continues to pile up the assists as he now has 12 on the season. The Kings are playing balanced good hockey, but they can’t afford to be losing games to teams like the Buffalo Sabres. This is a tough way to start a 4 game road trip and losing Jonathan Quick will make it even tougher.
Quick has not had the best of starts to the season, but had been playing better lately. The Kings do have a quality backup in Ben Scrivens, he was acquired in the offseason deal that sent Jonathan Bernier to the Maple Leafs. In his only start of the season Scrivens recorded a shutout against the Florida Panthers. Quick is expected to miss the remaining 3 games of this road trip, but should be able to go for the Kings next home game. Next up for LA is a Thursday night game against the New York Islanders. The Kings must continue to get shots on net and get their power play going as they went 0 for 5 against the Sabres. 2 players that must play better are wingers Matt Frattin and Dustin Brown, both have played poorly to say the least and patience is running thin with the both of them.