After one period: Kings 2, Boston Bruins 0
The Kings’ new fourth line of Brad Richardson on the left with Trevor Lewis at center and Kevin Westgarth on the right, made an immediate impact Saturday by scoring on its first shift. It was also the Kings’ first shot at Tim Thomas, who ranks among the NHL leaders in every significant goaltending category.
Before the period was over the Kings had beaten Thomas twice and Jonathan Quick had stopped all 14 shots thrown at him.
The Kings looked ragged on their first shift and Quick had to make an exceptional stop on Michael Ryder with his right arm 46 seconds into the game to keep the Bruins scoreless. After that save play turned quickly the other way, with Lewis feeding Richardson for a 20-foot wrist shot at the 57-second mark.
Westgarth also got an assist, his first NHL point.
The Kings took a 2-0 lead at 11:17, on their fourth shot. Lewis dug the puck out behind Boston’s net and fed Davis Drewiske, whose shot was blocked by Patrice Bergeron. But displaying the quickness and puck hunger they had lacked in their previous three games, Michal Handzus pounced on the rebound and scored on a quick shot from about 20 feet.
Penalties against Drewiske and Jarret Stoll tested the Kings’ penalty killers but they got the job done—with the help of the crossbar behind Quick, which repelled a shot by Milan Lucic.
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Helene Elliott in Boston