CHICAGO – The Los Angeles Kings were so good they turned Jonathan Quick’s record-breaking shutout into an afterthought.
That was just fine with Quick, too.
Quick made 32 saves, Kris Versteeg had a goal and an assist and the Kings routed the slumping Chicago Blackhawks 5-0 on Monday night in a matchup of Western Conference powers looking for another championship run.
Quick’s 41st career regular-season shutout snapped a tie with John Vanbiesbrouck and Frank Brimsek for the most by an American-born goaltender.
“It’s a team effort, too, to get a shutout, so you’re thankful for all your teammates of the years,” Quick said.
Milan Lucic, Vincent Lecavalier, Dustin Brown and Tyler Toffoli also scored as Los Angeles improved to 8-2-1 in its last 11 games. Quick’s fourth shutout of the season helped the Pacific Division leaders kill off each of Chicago’s six power-play opportunities.
The Blackhawks (41-23-6) lost for the fourth time in five games, including three in a row against St. Louis, Dallas and Los Angeles — three potential playoff opponents. The defending Stanley Cup champions are just 9-10-2 since their franchise-record 12-game win streak.
“It seems like for whatever reason, the season’s been up and down throughout the whole year,” forward Patrick Kane said. “You go on stretches where you win 12 in a row, and we’ve got this little stretch going right now. Obviously we want to shore that up before playoffs, and make sure we’re going in there feeling consistent about our game.”
The slide has dropped Chicago into third in the tough Central Division with just 12 games left on its schedule.
The Blackhawks’ much maligned penalty killers had a perfect night, but Quick was solid for Los Angeles (41-22-5) and the Kings made the most of their opportunities. Los Angeles won two of three in the season series between the winners of the last four Stanley Cups.
“We’re familiar with them. They’re familiar with us,” Quick said. “We’ve played a lot against each other the past few years. It’s a game that you don’t need to do much video or much like that. You know what you’re going to get.”
Islanders 3, Panthers 2
In New York, Cal Clutterbuck scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:39 remaining to cap the Islanders’ three-goal third period, lifting New York past Florida.
Kyle Okposo and Josh Bailey tallied earlier in the third as the Islanders scored all their goals in a 5½-minute stretch after trailing 2-0 heading to the final period.
Predators 3, Oilers 2
In Edmonton, James Neal had his sixth career hat trick, leading Nashville to a win over the Oilers.
The Predators have earned at least a point in 15 of their last 16 games.
Flames 7, Blues 4
In Calgary, Michael Frolik scored three times, included two short-handed goals, as the Flames beat St. Louis.
Sean Monahan had two goals and Joe Colborne and Mark Giordano also scored for Calgary.
Ducks 7, Devils 1
In Anaheim, Jakob Silfverberg scored three goals for his first NHL hat trick, leading the Ducks in a rout of New Jersey.
Corey Perry scored his team-high 29th goal, Nick Ritchie had his first in 25 NHL games and Ryan Kesler got the go-ahead goal early in the second period.
Jets 5, Canucks 2
In Vancouver, Marko Dano had two goals and an assist as Winnipeg beat the Canucks.
Tyler Myers and Alexander Burmistrov each added a goal and an assist for the Jets.