NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Pittsburgh
(Friday, October 10th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 3, Pittsburgh 0
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Cristobal Huet made 11 saves for his second career shutout, leading the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Igloo.
Making his first start of the season, Huet stopped two shots in the first period, turned aside six in the second and needed just three saves in the third to complete the shutout.
Eric Belanger, Trent Klatt and Zigmund Palffy scored for the Kings, who were coming off a 3-2 loss to Detroit on Thursday night. Palffy and Klatt added assists in the win.
Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 46 shots in his NHL debut, making 19 saves in the second period alone. The first overall pick in this year's entry draft, Fleury sparkled at times, but was saddled with the burden of seven LA power plays.
Fleury was greeted early on when Belanger scored shorthanded on a breakaway just 38 seconds into the first period, skating out in front of the Pittsburgh defense before beating the rookie netminder top-shelf. Kings defenseman Jaroslav Modry had been whistled off for a hooking penalty 29 seconds into play.
That was all the scoring until 15:43 of the second period when Pittsburgh's Reid Simpson was called off for a checking from behind penalty, a five minute major that gave the Kings a lengthy power play.
The Kings pressured Fleury early in the man advantage, rotating the puck well before Klatt made it 2-0 with a deflection in front. Palffy fired the shot on net from above the right circle and appeared to have the goal, but replays showed the puck was deflected under Fleury's right pad by Klatt.
Pittsburgh killed off the remaining power play, but immediately faced a 5-on-3 when Brooks Orpik was whistled off for a game misconduct and match penalty for kneeing LA defenseman Tim Gleason with just 13 seconds remaining in the second. The Penguins escaped the rest of the period, however, and held LA scoreless for the remainder of that power play in the third.
Gleason left the game with a left leg injury.
Fleury then faced his biggest challenge of the night when Esa Pirnes was awarded a penalty shot with less than three minutes remaining in the third. Pirnes skated straight at the rookie goaltender on the attempt, but was turned away when Fleury met him in front of the crease with a stick check.
Palffy added an empty net goal with 38 seconds remaining in the game to give the Kings their final margin.
Head coach Ed Olczyk made his debut behind the Pittsburgh bench...Palffy and Belanger also scored on Thursday...Pittsburgh suffered its fifth straight season-opening loss...The Kings are 7-0-1 in their last eight matchups with the Penguins...Los Angeles recalled defenseman Tomas Zizka from Manchester (AHL).
10/10 22:27:58 ET