Ben Scrivens didn't mind that his shutout streak ended Tuesday, not with the way the Kings are surging.
They dominated the Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-2, at Staples Center, as five Kings scored goals.
“I want to win more than I want shutouts,” Scrivens said.
Scrivens, the red-hot fill-in goalie, and the Kings just keep winning — four in a row, and 6-0-1 in their last seven games. Tuesday's victory pulled the Kings (15-6-1) to within one point of the Pacific Division-leading Ducks.
The Kings' poise near the net let them expand a 2-0 lead to 5-1 after two periods.
With Anze Kopitar positioned in front of the crease, Justin Williams flicked the puck forward, and Tampa Bay center Alex Killorn kicked it past Lightning goalie Ben Bishop for a 3-0 advantage. Williams got credit for the goal.
Then, after a high-sticking call on Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin, rookie wing Linden Vey pounded a shot that Dwight King redirected through Bishop for a short-handed goal.
The intrigue at that point was not who would win, but whether Scrivens' two-game-plus shutout streak would last another game, and he would break Jonathan Quick's club record of 202 minutes 11 seconds set in 2011-12?
Scrivens, after shutouts of the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers while filling in for the injured Quick (muscle strain), got his streak to 191:19.
But the second-longest run of the NHL season ended when Tampa Bay center Valtteri Filppula scored his ninth goal on a power play with 3:43 left in the second period.
“You have to give credit where credit's due,” said Scrivens, 4-0-1 since Quick went down. “They worked it around, slid it over to Filppula and he got a lot of guys to bite on it.”
The goal also ended the Kings' streak of 12 consecutive penalty kills.
Less than a minute later, Kings center Dustin Brown made it 5-1 when Matt Frattin set him up for a one-on-one shot at Bishop.
Scrivens faced only nine shots through two periods.
“That's why we're a good team,” Kings Coach Darryl Sutter said. “We don't give up a a lot.”
Scrivens was struck by a fluke goal early in the third when Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman launched a blue-line shot that bounced off Kings defenseman Alec Martinez's chest and past the goalie.
Precise passing keyed the Kings' first goal as Muzzin wrapped the puck around the boards to Williams, who crossed a crisp delivery to Drew Doughty. He dropped a pass behind him to Kopitar, who blasted a shot over Bishop's right shoulder.
Part of why the Kings are surging is that Kopitar has scored five of his six goals this season in the last nine games. He has 10 points in that stretch.
“Kopitar is a dominant player, a special player, and it's not based on points, and you saw it again tonight,” Sutter said.
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