RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Marian Gaborik and Trevor Lewis scored 38 seconds apart late in the third period, sending the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-0 win over the skidding Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.
Peter Budaj stopped 22 shots for the shutout, and Kyle Clifford scored into an empty net.READ MORE: Police Dog Reportedly Bites 5-Year-Old Boy In Head
Carolina lost its fifth consecutive game, all in regulation, and was shut out for the first time this season. The Kings won their second straight following a four-game slide that ended Tuesday with a 3-1 victory at New Jersey.
Cam Ward made 26 saves for Carolina, which is 14-3-1 in its last 18 home games.
Gaborik snapped the scoreless tie on a backhander from the low slot at 15:17 of the third. Drew Doughty had the primary assist, giving him a four-game point streak.
Just 38 seconds later, Lewis took a stretch pass from Devin Setoguchi and beat a frustrated Ward.
Clifford added his empty-netter with 2:25 remaining.READ MORE: LAPD Officer Suspended After Resisting Arrest By Ventura County Deputies
The Kings outshot the Hurricanes 8-7 during a scoreless first period in which Los Angeles was penalized twice and Carolina once.
Each team had nine shots on goal in the second, when the Kings were whistled for a pair of penalties and the Hurricanes none.
NOTES: Carolina D Justin Faulk is scheduled to play in Sunday’s All-Star Game at Los Angeles, his fourth trip to the event. . Doughty (third straight) and Kings C Jeff Carter (second appearance) are set to play in the All-Star Game on their home ice. . Kings D Matt Greene missed his fourth straight game with an undisclosed injury and C Nic Dowd (lower body) his third. D Tom Gilbert was a healthy scratch. . Carolina RW Ty Rattie, D Ryan Murphy and D Matt Tennyson were healthy scratches.
Kings: Visit the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night, the last of five straight games on the road.
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