The Sabres continued their road trip on Thursday night, but it didn’t get any better in terms of results.
Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings took the game via a 2-0 shutout. Quick stopped all 26 shots he faced, which is actually a decent amount considering Buffalo only had two shots in the entire first period.
At the other end, Robin Lehner stood out with some great saves, but again, the offense could not support him. Lehner made 34 of 36 saves on the night.
There was no scoring in the game until the third period started, when Jarome Iginla put in his 11th of the season. Adrian Kempe scored later in the 3rd period for his second of the year.
“You can’t come into a building like this and expect to play 10 minutes of good hockey,” Lehner said. “Sorry to be honest, you’re just not going to win. This is a business. You’ve got to come out and play. Otherwise you get replaced… Everyone needs to be playing for their jobs.”
The Kings have now shut out the Sabres four straight times on home ice, all by the score of 2-0. However, the Sabres have not lost to L.A. at home since 1993.
The game was a lot different than when these two teams met earlier in December, when Buffalo won by a 6-3 score.
The Sabres are right back at it tonight as they visit the Anaheim Ducks. It will be the third game of a four game road trip. Tonight’s game is scheduled for a 10 p.m. faceoff.