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Jonathan Quick blanks Bruins

01.25.11 at 1:06 am ET
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The Bruins were shut out for the third time this season when Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick handed them a 2-0 loss at the Staples Center on Monday night.

The former UMass netminder made 34 saves on the way to the shutout, his fifth of the season. The Kings received goals from Ryan Smyth and Andrei Loktionov in the first and third periods, respectively.

Tim Thomas made 32 saves on 34 shots in the loss. It was Thomas’ first regulation loss since Dec. 20.

The Bruins will return home to face the Panthers on Wednesday.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS

- Just a sloppy game all in all for the Bruins, as both of the Kings goals came off of turnovers. An Andrew Ference turnover at the blue line of the offensive zone buried the B’s by making it a 2-0 game. With the way Quick was playing, it was pretty clear scoring for Boston would be hard to come by, and a two-goal deficit in the third period was simply insurmountable.

The B’s case for a comeback was further hurt when they had to kill a Shawn Thornton holding penalty at 10:38. The Kings didn’t convert on the power play, but the 120 ticks off the clock did plenty of damage.

- Here’s proof of an offense that struggled to get going: Through the first two periods, Michael Ryder and Mark Recchi were the only two Bruins forwards with more than one shot on Quick. Ryder had three, all of which which came in the first period, while Ryder had two shots on goal through the game’s first 40 minutes.

- Given that the B’s couldn’t get on the board, it was another night without a goal for Nathan Horton. He now has just one goal over his last 19 games, and has also now posted a minus-1 rating in each of the last four games.

- The Bruins went 0-for-3 on the power play Monday, including their two opportunities in the second period.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS

- For someone who entered the game having never defeated the Kings (0-0-4), Thomas sure didn’t play like somebody incapable of winning. He turned in another very impressive performance, keeping the B’s in the game in a scoreless second period. Monday made for the fourth straight game in which Thomas allowed two goals or less (3-1-0).

- If watching that regulation road loss for the Bruins felt odd, it’s because it hasn’t happened much of late. Monday marked the first time the B’s lost an away game in regulation since Dec. 16.

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