Welcome back, Jonathan Quick. Starting for the first time since Oct. 12 — an absence of 59 games due to a groin injury — Quick was solid in his return against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday. He stopped 32 shots, allowing for the Kings to eventually find some offense in a 4-1 victory over their California rivals. The Kings trailed going into the third period, but came alive with four unanswered goals for an important win in the Western Conference playoff race. Tyler Toffoli scored twice and Jeff Carter secured the win with his 30th goal of the season — after he appeared dazed in a fight with Ryan Kesler earlier in the game. In typical fashion, tempers boiled over between these two teams. In typical
The road has been doing both the Calgary Flames and Florida Panthers quite a bit of good lately. Calgary moved to the first wild card spot on Friday after beating the Panthers in Florida by a score of 4-2. So far, they’ve grabbed at least a point in every game during a road trip that ends in Carolina on Sunday: Feb. 18: 2-1 OT loss at Vancouver Feb. 21: 6-5 OT win at Nashville Feb. 23: 3-2 win at Tampa Bay Tonight: 4-2 win at Florida You can’t totally blame the Panthers if they almost miss their road trip. They rattled off five straight wins through what seemed like a brutal road haul on paper, but now they’ve lost back-to-back home games in regulation. With five of six and six of seven slated
The New York Islanders will look to continue their newfound winning ways on the road Saturday afternoon. For the first time all season, the Islanders won consecutive road games, and it could not have come at a better time for the surging team. New York, which currently finds itself ahold of the final wild card playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, started a season-long nine-game stretch away from Brooklyn with wins at Detroit on Tuesday and Montreal on Thursday.