Scrivens leads Kings to fourth straight win
NOV 19, 2013 10:01p ET
A 5-2 win over the Lightning Tuesday night at the Staples Center gave Scrivens his fourth-straight victory between the pipes since stepping in for the injured Jonathan Quick. Williams gave Scrivens a resounding vote of confidence, needing air quotes around the word "backup."
"Our backup goalie," Williams shook his head. "Our backup goalie is playing extremely well right now and giving us some confidence."
The Kings lost badly in Tampa Bay on their first road trip of the season but returned the favor with the big home win, knocking the Lightning off their spot atop the Eastern Conference Standings.
The four wins and the 4-0-1 record over the last five games gives the Kings 31 points, putting Los Angeles just a point behind Western Conference leaders Chicago and Anaheim and into a third-place tie with the Blues, San Jose and Phoenix. Their 15 wins are tied for the most in the conference.
"They're a team that's not used to losing to the Western Conference," said head coach Darryl Sutter. "And they're a team that doesn't give up a lot. It was a tough turnaround tonight, coming from east back west and we were catching a fresh team."
Scrivens came into the game off back-to-back shutouts and was close to breaking Jonathan Quick's scoreless streak of 202 minutes, 11 seconds. Scrivens stayed scoreless through most of the second period until Valterri Filppula scored on the power play at 16:17, ending the streak at 191 minutes, 19 seconds.
But the milestone wasn't anything the goalie was concerned with.
"I want to win more than I want shutouts," Scrivens said. "That's the most important thing, that should be the story tonight."
The defense made the job easy for the NHL's First Star of the Week, as he faced only seven shots in the first period and played with an early two-goal cushion.
"We were making intelligent, quick hard plays to get out of our zone," Scrivens said.
"Anytime you can do that, you've got control going on the attack."
With about five minutes left in the first period, Drew Doughty dropped back a pass to Anze Kopitar who sent the wrist shot through traffic into the net behind Ben Bishop.
A few minutes later, Matt Frattin scored on the power play and early in the second, Williams' shot was kicked in by a Lightning defenseman giving the Kings a comfortable three-goal lead.
"I had a really good feeling about tonight," Williams said. "We had a great practice this morning. Guys were jumping, guys were excited to play at home again today."
While the sample size has been small, Scrivens has made a strong case for himself. His only season as a regular goalie was last season in Toronto, and with the lockout, even that sample size is small, as well.
With Quick's return still a ways away, the Kings aren't looking to miss a beat with their "backup" goalie.
"I always try to have a little bit of confidence, it's great to have that self-belief," Scrivens said. "I need to come in and give these guys some solid play, that's all they ever ask for. Just be solid and give them a chance."
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