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SUNRISE, Fla. -- Backup goalie Ben Scrivens made his first start of the season and earned a shutout as the Los Angeles Kings blanked the Florida Panthers, 3-0, Sunday afternoon at the BB&T Center.

The Kings won their third straight game -- including two in a row on the road -- and improved to 4-2 overall.

Florida fell to 2-4, including 1-1 at home. In their four losses, the Panthers have been outscored 19-3.

Los Angeles outshot Florida 29-20.

The Kings got the game's first goal, which came with 8:46 left in the second period. Mike Richards, working behind the net, centered a pass to Daniel Carcillo, who got his first goal of the season. For Richards, it was his fourth assist.

Four minutes later, Los Angeles forced a Panthers turnover, allowing Kings star Anze Kopitar and winger Justin Williams to execute a nifty give-and-go.

Williams ended up with the goal, beating Jacob Markstrom glove-side for his second score of the season. It was Kopitar's fifth assist.

With 7:32 left in the third period, the Kings put the game away on a tip-in goal by Jordan Nolan, his first of the season. The assists went to Jarret Stoll and Matt Greene.

Notes: The Panthers' scratches Sunday were G Tim Thomas, D Ryan Whitney and C Nick Bjugstad. Whitney, who is a minus-5 this season, was the only healthy scratch. ... The Panthers sent LW Joey Crabb, 30, to their AHL affiliate in San Antonio. ... Kings D Jake Muzzin, a minus-5 in his first three games, was a healthy scratch Sunday for the third consecutive game. The Kings' other scratches were C Colin Fraser and D Keaton Ellerby. ... Panthers RW Brad Boyes had four of the team's first 13 goals entering Sunday's game. After scoring just 10 goals for the New York Islanders last season, he came to the Panthers on a try-out basis and made the team, earning a one-year contract. ... This Kings and Panthers faced each other for the first time since Feb. 9, 2012, when Florida snapped a 10-year, seven-game losing streak against Los Angeles. ... Kings LW Dwight King, who went goal-less in his first 18 games last season, is off to a better start this time. He scored in his fifth game of the season, a 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday. ... The Kings entered Sunday with two shootout wins in five games, which is as many as they had all of last season. Jonathan Quick stopped all five shots he faced in those shootouts.
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