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NHL: Kings stellar on one end, stalled on the other

March 21, 2011 |  9:34 pm

Photo: Kings winger Wayne Simmonds crashes into Calgary goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff during an attempt to score in the second period Monday night. Lucy Nicholson / Reuters The Kings continue to play exceptionally well on the penalty kill.

And they still can’t buy a goal as they head into the third period against the Calgary Flames in a scoreless game at Staples Center.

The Kings have shut down the Flames on four power plays, running their streak to 33 consecutive penalty kills since giving up a man-advantage goal in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings on Feb. 28.

Goaltender Jonathan Quick has been a big part of that effort tonight. Half of his 14 saves have come on Calgary power plays.

But the Kings were unable to equal Quick's effort offensively. Anze Kopitar had the best chance in the second period, with the Kings on a power play and Calgary goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff having lost his stick. Kopitar had a clear shot from the blue line but could not put the puck on net.

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--Chris Foster

Photo: Kings winger Wayne Simmonds crashes into Calgary goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff during an attempt to score in the second period Monday night. Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

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