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Quick earns 54th career shutout, Kings beat Blues

Dustin Brown scored two goals and veteran Jonathan Quick stopped 30 shots for his 54th career shutout, lifting the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.


ST. LOUIS — Dustin Brown scored two goals and veteran Jonathan Quick stopped 31 shots for his 54th career shutout, lifting the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.

It was the second shutout this season for the 35-year-old Quick, who helped the Kings win two Stanley Cup championships in his career.

“Quick had to make some big saves there in the last 10 minutes,” Brown said. “They have a really good team over there. They know how to come back in those types of games. What we did well late was make quick line changes. We stayed fresh out there.”

Gabriel Vilardi added a goal for the Kings, who scored in each period and extended their winning streak to five games. Brown closed out the scoring with an empty-net goal at 18:57 of the third.

“We’re not surprised one bit,” Kings coach Todd McLellan said of the Los Angeles winning streak. “We have some confidence. Everybody is in sync. We’re structurally pretty sound. We’re making plays. We’re getting good goaltending. Our specialty teams are giving us a boost most nights. Is that surprising? To us no, but maybe to the hockey world a little bit.”

Vilardi pushed in a loose puck as he was falling down outside the crease at 17:30 of the first period. The power-play goal gave the Kings a 1-0 lead. Los Angeles has scored 16 power-play goals this season over 17 games. The Kings' only game without scoring a power-play goal was on Jan. 16, against Minnesota.

The goal snapped a streak for St. Louis. The Blues' penalty kill had been perfect in five consecutive games (10 for 10) before allowing the Vilardi goal.

St. Louis opponents have scored first in 12 of the Blues’ 19 games.

A Zach Sanford giveaway led to Kings’ second goal.

“You gotta make better plays with the puck for sure and better decisions,” St. Louis coach Craig Berube said. “You turn pucks over in the D-zone, it obviously causes problems.”

Brown made a nifty move to stick handle his way to the the net and score an unassisted goal on a wrist shot that slid by goalie Jordan Binnington, giving the Kings a 2-0 lead at 18:54 of the second.

“Getting to the net is a big part of my game,” Brown said. "I don’t think I’ve scored a goal farther than 10 feet from the net.

McLellan is happy for the 36-year-old Brown.

“The big thing is he’s still having fun playing the game. He really is," McLellan said. “It’s miserable when you’re losing. When you’re winning, it doesn’t matter how old you are, you have a lot of fun doing and he seems to be doing that now.”

Binnington, who left the ice with 2:49 remaining, had won three straight against the Kings. Binnington recorded 28 saves.

It was the third time St. Louis has been shut out this season.

“I thought Quick made some big saves for them and kept us at zero,” Berube said. “But saying that, we gotta find rebounds and things like that and get secondary chances off of shots and we didn’t get enough of that tonight.”

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