Key play: Tanner Pearson scored two goals, one in the second period and another in the third, to send the Kings to a 2-0 victory Saturday over the Buffalo Sabres at Staples Center. The Pacific Division-leading Kings won their fourth in a row without scoring more than two goals in a game.
Pivotal performer: Kings goalie Jhonas Enroth made 23 saves for his second shutout of the season. He started in goal for the first time since a 1-0 loss Feb. 14 against the New Jersey Devils. His last victory was Jan. 24 against the San Jose Sharks. Jonathan Quick is expected to start Sunday against the Ducks.
Welcome back: Defenseman Rob Scuderi was credited an assist in his Kings return after he was acquired Friday from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for defenseman Christian Ehrhoff. Scuderi received a warm ovation while a video tribute played on the scoreboard during a first-period timeout.
Quote, unquote: “I’m not an overly emotional guy,” Scuderi said of the video tribute. “I don’t show a whole lot, but it was pretty special. I was looking for an opportunity to go back to the NHL. It’s a privilege to play in this league, but it made it a lot sweeter to come back to the Kings. It meant a lot. I appreciated it.”
Lineup shuffle: Kings defenseman Jamie McBain was scratched from the lineup in order to make way for Scuderi, who was paired with Alec Martinez to start the game. McBain was the odd man out of the lineup after defenseman Kevin Gravel was assigned to Ontario of the AHL on Friday.