NEW YORK – A short slate of games in the NHL was highlighted by Paul Maurice’s debut in Winnipeg as the Jets new bench boss. His new team responded with a 5-1 win over the Coyotes.
Elsewhere, there is no need to concern yourself with the health of Jonathan Quick in the Team USA net for the Olympics.
Quick made 28 saves and Dustin Brown scored the only goal of the game to lead the Kings past the Vancouver Canucks, 1-0.
“It’s nice to score, but more importantly, it’s nice to win,” Brown said. “You go tied 0-0 into the third against that team that’s two points behind us — and the emotion of the game — I think it’s something we can rally around and get going here.”
Quick out-dueled Eddie Lack for the win; Lack surrendered the only goal with 24 seconds gone in the third period.
“It’s usually like that when you play these guys,” said Quick, who got his 27th career shutout. “They’re a tough team and we’ve developed a bit of a rivalry over the past few years after playing then in the playoffs a few times. So that’s what you expect when they come in here and when we go out there.”
The Canucks had been looking to jump over the Kings in the standings but three points now separate the two teams.
“We’ve just got to keep working on it,” Vancouver coach John Tortorella said. “I thought we did a really good job as far as deciding that that ice is ours also. It was something that’s been a minus in our game for a little bit here. That was a big part of our game tonight. We got squat for points, but I think we crossed a couple of bridges in what needs to be done.”
In Raleigh, the visiting Calgary Flames and Karri Ramo shutout the Hurricanes, 2-0.
“We blocked lots of shots and chipped lots of good pucks in a smart way,” Calgary coach Bob Hartley said. “Whenever we needed Karri, he was there. He fully deserved [the shutout] because he made some big saves at the right time.”
It was a full 60-minute effort from the Flames who derailed the Canes climb up the standings in the east, at least for one night.
“It’s disappointing,” Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller admitted. “We have four days ahead of us to sit on it. When you play teams like Calgary, it’s going to be a game in the trenches. They defended well and played hard, and we just didn’t do enough and win 1-on-1 battles.”
Mikael Backlund scored a power play goal in the second to give the Flames the 1-0 lead that Ramo would need for the win.
“I was just trying to get a good, quick whack before he got a hand on it,” Backlund said. “I was happy to see it go in.”
Sean Monahan picked up his 13th of the season midway through the third frame to give the Flames some insurance. Calgary’s defensive effort did the rest.
“We’ve struggled with that,” Monahan said. “We came together as a group, blocked shots and did the little things to win the game.”
In Columbus, the host Blue Jackets used a two-goal third period to edge the Lightning for their fourth straight win. Both markers in the third were on the power play.
“We’ve been good 5-on-5,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “You need your special teams to bail you out. Tonight it cost us. This has been a tough stretch. It seems like we’re giving up power-play goals every game. That’s unacceptable. We needed a kill and we didn’t get it.”
Carolina 0 Calgary 2
Columbus 3 Tampa Bay 2
Winnipeg 5 Phoenix 1
Los Angeles 1 Vancouver 0
QUICK, KINGS EDGE CANUCKS ON DODGERS NIGHT
Jonathan Quick made 28 saves for his second shutout of the season and Dustin Brown scored the lone goal 24 seconds into the third period to power the Kings to their fourth consecutive victory over the Canucks.
* Quick improved to 3-1-1 with a 1.39 goals-against average, .942 save percentage and one shutout since being activated from the injured reserve list Jan. 4. He is 13-6-1 with a 2.12 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and two shutouts in 21 total appearances this season.
* Quick has 27 career shutouts, all with the Kings, five behind Rogie Vachon for the most in the franchise history.
* The Kings improved to 4-0-0 versus the Canucks this season (VAN: 0-3-1), marking the first time they have recorded four wins against Vancouver in a single season since 1990-91 (5-3-0). The clubs face off one more time in 2013-14 – April 5 at Rogers Arena.
* The Kings also improved to 10-3-1 this season against the Pacific Division, including a 7-0-1 combined record versus the Ducks, Sharks and Canucks.
* Reliever Brian Wilson and former outfielder Jerry Hairston Jr. dropped the ceremonial first puck as the Kings celebrated Dodgers Pride Night. The team wore Dodgers-themed warm-up jerseys as part of the festivities.
JETS FLY IN MAURICE’S DEBUT
The Jets scored five unanswered goals and Ondrej Pavelec made 18 saves to give head coach Paul Maurice a victory in his debut behind the Winnipeg bench. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Maurice is the fifth head coach in Jets/Thrashers history to record a win in his team debut, following Don Waddell (Dec. 27, 2002), Bob Hartley (Jan. 15, 2003), John Anderson (Oct. 10, 2008) and Craig Ramsay (Oct. 8, 2010).
* Rookie Eric O’Dell, who scored his first NHL goal Saturday in his seventh career game, potted the game-winner. The 23-year-old forward was selected by the Ducks in the second round (39th overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft.
BIRTHDAY HEROICS POWER BLUE JACKETS
Celebrating his 27th birthday, Jack Johnson earned the primary assist on both the tying goal early in the third period and winning goal with 2:38 remaining in regulation to lead the Blue Jackets to their season-high fourth consecutive victory.
* Nathan Horton scored the tying goal, the 200th of his NHL career. The Blue Jackets are 5-1-0 since he was activated from the injured reserve list Jan. 2.
* Horton has 27-20—47 in 47 career games versus the Lightning, his most goals, assists and points against any opponent.
* Mark Letestu scored his first game-winning goal of the season and the sixth of his career. He has recorded four goals in his past five games after scoring only once in his first 41 outings this season.
* Sergei Bobrovsky made 26 saves to post his fifth consecutive victory. He has a 1.45 goals-against average, .954 save percentage and one shutout in that span.
RAMO SHUTS THE DOOR
Karri Ramo made 23 saves to record his first NHL shutout in leading the Flames to their seventh victory in their last nine meetings with the Hurricanes (7-1-1). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first Flames goaltender other than Miikka Kiprusoff to post a shutout since March 24, 2004, when Roman Turek made 22 saves in a 4-0 win over the Coyotes.
Lightning defenseman Matthew Carle collected an assist to extend his career-long assist/point streak to seven games (0-9—9) . . . Flames forward Sean Monahan scored his 13th goal of the season, which ranks third among rookies behind Sharks forward Tomas Hertl and Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon (15 each) . . . Jets forward Mark Scheifele recorded his 17th assist of the season, which leads all first-year players. Scheifele also ranks fifth among rookies with 24 points in 48 games . . . The Senators signed general manager Bryan Murray to a two-year contract extension and also named him president of hockey operations. The team said he will hold both jobs through the 2015-16 season and then remain with the club for an additional two seasons in an advisory capacity.
SNEAK PEEK AT TUESDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Toronto @ Boston, 7:00 p.m., SNET-O, NESN
Tampa Bay @ NY Rangers, 7:00 p.m., SUN, MSG 2
San Jose @ Washington, 7:00 p.m., CSN-CA, CSN-DC
Philadelphia @ Buffalo, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, TSN, CSN-PH
New Jersey @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m., RDS, MSG PLUS, TSN-HABS
NY Islanders @ Florida, 7:30 p.m., MSG PLUS 2, FS-F
Colorado @ Chicago, 8:00 p.m., ALT, CSN-CH
Phoenix @ St. Louis, 8:00 p.m., FS-A, FS-MW
Calgary @ Nashville, 8:00 p.m., SNET-W
Ottawa @ Minnesota, 8:00 p.m., SNET-E, FS-N
Edmonton @ Dallas, 8:30 p.m., SNET-W, SNET-EDM, FS-SW
BRUINS, MAPLE LEAFS RENEW ORIGINAL SIX RIVALRY
The Bruins (29-14-2, 60 points) face the rival Maple Leafs (22-20-5, 49 points) in their return to TD Garden following a three-game West Coast road trip. Boston (289-256-106) holds a 684-634 points advantage in the all-time regular-season series (TOR: 264-281-106). The Bruins also are 11-1-1 in their last 13 regular-season meetings, including a pair of victories in 2013-14 and six straight wins at TD Garden.