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The Bruins wrapped up their brief two-game westward voyage late Monday night, getting blanked by former UMass Amherst goaltender Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings, 2-0 at Staples Center. Coupled with Saturday’s 6-2 win in Colorado, the B’s end up with a split on the West Coast road trip.
Boston couldn’t get anything going offensively with their newly revamped forward lines. Head coach Claude Julien was forced to juggle his forwards after losing Marc Savard to yet another concussion, sustained in Saturday’s win over the Avalanche. Because of Savard’s absence, Julien decided to reunite David Krejci with former linemates Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic, while Tyler Seguin moved back to the center position on a line with Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder. All of those shake-ups led to a goose egg on the scoreboard though, as Quick turned away all 34 shots he faced en route to the 2-0 shutout victory for the Kings.
The Kings would get on the board with a power play goal in the first, after captain Zdeno Chara was called for a hook on L.A.’s Anze Kopitar. Ryan Smyth would bat home the rebound of a Jarret Stoll shot, beating Tim Thomas and giving his team a lead they would hold onto the rest of the way. A turnover by Andrew Ference would prove costly, early in the third period, as Andrei Loktionov drove home a short-range goal to give the Kings some added insurance at 2-0, which is where the game would end up.
Boston has just one game left before the NHL takes a break for their All Star festivities this weekend in Raleigh. The B’s will travel cross-country today, back home to Beantown, then host the lowly Florida Panthers Wednesday night at TD Garden.