Kings 4, Yotes 0

Guess who got the shutout…and another boatload of saves… Ersberg is doing a tremendous job to help his cause. Here’s the early AP game story:

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Anze Kopitar had a goal and two assists and Erik Ersberg made 38 saves as the Los Angels Kings earned a 4-0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night.

Ersberg earned his second career shutout in his 10th NHL start. Ersberg also shut out the Ottawa Senators 2-0 on March 6.

Kopitar assisted on goals by Kevin Dallman and Dustin Brown around his 30th goal of the season as the Kings scored three times during a 6:11 stretch of the second period to take control of the game.

Rob Blake added a goal in the third period. Patrick O’Sullivan had two assists for the Kings.

The Coyotes had won the first six meetings between the Pacific Division rivals this season, but the Kings took the final two games, both with Ersberg in goal. The 26-year-old rookie keyed a 6-5 shootout win in Phoenix on March 20.

Ersberg has won three of his past four starts, with the only defeat being a 2-1 shootout loss at Anaheim on Wednesday in which he made 39 saves. He has stopped 102 of his past 105 shots and held the opposition to two goals or fewer in seven of 10 starts since being recalled from Manchester of the American Hockey League in late February.

Ersberg made a right pad save against Peter Mueller on a breakaway to keep the game scoreless through one period.

Dallman gathered a cross-zone pass from Kopitar and swiped the puck past Phoenix goalie Mikael Tellqvist to give the Kings a 1-0 lead 6:52 into the second.

Just 2:22 later, Kopitar backhanded in a rebound of a Brian Willsie shot to make it 2-0. The Kings completed the scoring run with Brown getting his 32nd goal of the season during a power play 13:03 into the period.

The Coyotes have just one win in their past seven games.

Game notes
Kings goalie Dan Cloutier was forced out of the lineup earlier Thursday with a right groin strain. The team recalled Daniel Taylor from Manchester on an emergency basis to back up Ersberg.

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  • anthony

    This Ersberg guy has got to be the best thing that’s happened to the King’s since his call up.

    Lord Cammi is no longer a team player. He absolutely showed no emotion or celebration when Brown scored after his poor shot. Almost showing some jealousy.
    He also took a cheap shot at Zynek Michalek after a check. He lost his composure because a player was doing his job.
    Somebody has to remind His Majesty that players with masks are being paid to stop pucks. Even he’s not immune.
    This is turning to be pretty sad. If he continues to play like a puck hogging selfish player, his value will decline and the team will not get much for him in a trade. Which by now is absolutely imminent.

    Even when he scored 35 goals last season, I couldn’t stand him. His selfishness and arrogance outweighed his contribution and team spirit.

    Trade this loser. Get whatever you can. Let him be another teams problem.

  • Renbe

    I have been tough on a lot of Kings all year. I was at the game tonight and Ersberg was awesome, Handzus actually hit someone, Klemm cleared the front of the net tonight better than anyone has all year. But it starts in goal with saves, then everyone sticks together. How can Dumbardo say this kid doesn’t have a shot next year?????

  • Anonymous

    Ersberg is the future of this team.

  • Renbe

    Anthony hold on please, all these guys are expendable and easily upgraded, wilsie, thorton, Giliano Ellis & Armstrong. Maybe keep Ellis add a ventern middleweight and another young guy with size, speed and toughness. On defense we need a #3 and #5 defense man. both have to be BIG 6’3″ tough in front of the net and drop the gloves at times. Keep JJ, Lubo, then two of the next 3..Blake at 2.5m, Preissing already signed or harrold, a scare boy in the nhl today..3
    IN goal LaBarbara#1 Ersberg#2, Bernier#3 and see who earns it!!!thant a play of team that can go deep next year.player to pick from, Brian Boyle,big strong on puck, great center, front of net, Kevin Wesgarth,Wanyne Simmondssnother tough ctr up the middle can skate hit, get to the net, scrapper,love it.Ted Purcell and Matt Moulson??
    Defense still need to look at what meets our needs

  • Anonymous

    “How can Dumbardo say this kid doesn’t have a shot next year?????”

    Seriously, people, if you don’t know wtf you’re talking about, don’t say anything at all. Lomardi has not said anything like that. The only thing even remotely close was hextall saying, after Ersberg’s first couple of games, that he didn’t see Ersberg locking up a spot for next year based on this few of games.

  • brianguy

    Simmonds needs the better part of a year pro experience to jump right in and help us… I don’t really know enough about Westgarth except he’s been pretty good for Manchester but he’s not exactly a guy I expected to make the team next year. if he can force the Kings to put him on the opening day roster good for him, but won’t count on it.

  • Paul

    If the Kings don’t re-sign Ersberg (he’s an RFA), and make him the top candidate for the #1 goalie spot going into camp next year (save a big trade or something), I’m becoming a Quacks fan.

    Ok, well I’m becoming a Habs fan.

  • Dan H.

    Ersberg has been fantastic but lest not drop a Vezina trophy on him just yet. I like the kid and he should definitely get a shot at being #1 next year.

    While not as loathing as Anthony I noticed Cammy not passing when he had clear passing lanes a couple of times. One time instead choosing to shoot into the shinguards of a defenseman.

    I heard during the game that Jim Fox said that it looks like Thornton will be retiring most likely. Thank god. Why have an “A” on a guy who’s scratched more nights than not?

    The boys all played pretty well last night though. Props to them for playing hard when nothing is at stake for the season. Now that most fans want them to lose, they’re playing hard and competing and winning. Go figure.

  • Anonymous

    Cammy’s probably sweating because there might be a 20 goal bonus in his contract and he’s stuck at 18. Sucks to be you buddy. Maybe you should be a TEAM player and put the TEAM’S interest first.

  • Anonymous

    heaven forbid we have a player who wants the puck and the shot. complain about cammi being selfish, but every team who is successful has someone who wants that. i wish kopi would play that way a little more.

  • Beth

    Anonymous said:
    “heaven forbid we have a player who wants the puck and the shot. complain about cammi being selfish, but every team who is successful has someone who wants that. i wish kopi would play that way a little more.”

    Seconded.

  • Anonymous

    Is it me or does Cammy seem to have the worst eyesight in the league??? He wouldn’t pass the salt if he was sitting next to you…

  • Anonymous

    Beth, are you Mikey’s girlfriend? Just kidding. Look, Cammy, #5 on the team in pts., has played in 59 games and has 18 goals on 197 shots for a shot pctg. of 9.1. Kopi,#1 has 30 goals in 78 games on 195 shots for a shot pctg. of 15.4 Fro #2, 67 games, 23 goals on 155 shots and Brownie #3, 32 goals on 216 shots in 74 games, are at 14.8 shot pctg. Cammy shoots the puck more than anyone other than Sully and those two have the lowest shot pctg. of the top five. Giving him free reign with the puck does not mean success for the team. Winning the game means success for the team.