Los Angeles (WGR 550) -- A pair of power play goals by the Los Angeles Kings were the difference in their 2-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night at STAPLES Center.
Mike Richards scored the only goal of the first period. The goal came on the power play with just thirty-six seconds to go in the frame, with the forward camped in front of the net for a tip. Jake Muzzin took the shot that was tipped home, and received an assist along with Tyler Tiffoli. Tyler Myers was in the penalty box serving an interference minor when the goal was scored.
Buffalo went 0-for-1 on the man advantage when Muzzin was in the penalty box for holding. Jonathan Quick stopped all 7 shots by the blue and gold, while Jhonas Enroth stopped 7 of 8 shots by LA.
Los Angeles struck again on the power play, this time in the second period, to take a 2-0 lead over the Sabres. Anze Kopitar picked up his fourth goal of the year on the man advantage. He was able to sneak a wrist shot underneath the left arm of Enroth.
Myers picked up a fighting major penalty when he dropped the gloves with Matt Frattin. The defenseman was standing up for teammate Cody McCormick after Frattin delivered a questionable hit to the Buffalo forward.
Christian Ehrhoff suffered a lower body injury and missed the third period. There were very few whistles early in the final frame. Neither team was able to score over the final twenty minutes, despite fiftenn combined shots. Each side had a power play in the third as well.