Kings exit interviews: Jhonas Enroth

Kings goaltender Jhonas Enroth appeared in only 16 games this season while serving as Jonathan Quick’s infrequent backup. Enroth said Sunday it wasn’t the workload he envisioned when he signed with the Kings last summer as a free agent. He didn’t rule out re-signing with the Kings for next season, but you can read between the lines here, with more of Enroth’s conversation with reporters Sunday:

“I wish I had played more games. I didn’t really feel like they gave me a lot of opportunities to play. That’s the way they like to do it here, so I kind of knew what I was signing up for. … Just be a bigger part of a team, trying to play more games. Just being a bigger part of a team is what I’d like to do (as a free agent) over the summer.

“I really thought they were going to play me more. If you sign a guy for $1.2 million, you’re not going to play him 13 games, in my opinion. You should play him, 20-25. I thought I earned more games. Played pretty solid in the games I got, but there were a lot of breaks between games, too. It was hard to get a groove going. I think I had a pretty solid season.”

Game report: LA Kings 2, Sabres 0

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.

Kings goaltenders post best combined goals-against average in NHL

Things change quickly in the live-on-the-edge world of statistics in the NHL, but Kings goaltenders Jonathan Quick and Jhonas Enroth have moved into the league lead with the best combined goals-against average. Quick’s goals-against average fell to 2.21 after the Kings’ 2-1 overtime victory Tuesday over the Vancouver Canucks. Enroth’s is 1.17 in five appearance as Quick’s backup.

Game report: Kings 2, Islanders 1

Key play: Milan Lucic scored the tiebreaking goal in the opening minutes of the second period and the Kings held off the New York Islanders for a 2-1 victory Thursday at Staples Center. Lucic scored his fourth goal of the season, with assists from Tyler Toffoli and Jeff Carter.

Pivotal performer: Kings backup goaltender Jhonas Enroth was sharp in playing in relief of Jonathan Quick for only the third time in 16 games this season. Enroth made a number of fine saves and was aided by the goal post, a goalie’s best friend, on a third-period bid by Brock Nelson. Enroth made 31 saves to improve to 3-0-0 this season with a 0.34 goals-against average and a .979 save percentage.

Quote, unquote: “Just got in on the forecheck, the puck went toward the net and I tried to handle the puck and kind of went down and all of a sudden the goal horn went off, and I didn’t know what happened,” Lucic said of his go-ahead goal. “I thought ‘Tof’ or ‘Carts’ jumped on the rebound. Nice to have one go off me and in.”

Lineup change: Kings defenseman Christian Ehrhoff returned to the lineup after sitting out for two games as a healthy scratch. Ehrhoff, who had four assists and a minus-7 defensive rating going into the game, replaced Derek Forbort in the lineup.

Milestone moment: Drew Doughty’s first-period power-play goal was the 32nd of his career, moving him past Lubomir Visnovsky into third place on the Kings’ all-time list for defensemen. It also was Doughty’s second goal overall this season.

Special teams: The Kings killed off a 5-on-3 situation that lasted 45 seconds during the third period, after Brayden McNabb was whistled for tripping and Drew Doughty followed him to the penalty box with a hooking infraction at 3:50.