Kings have a fine day before beating Boston Bruins, 2-0

Kings have a fine day before beating Boston Bruins, 2-0
Kings defenseman Slava Voynov skates during Game 1 of the 2014 Western Conference finals against the Chicago Blackhawks in May. (Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press)

The Kings were penalized for too many men on the ice Tuesday.

No, it didn't happen in their game against the visiting Boston Bruins, a 2-0 win by the Kings at Staples Center, highlighted by the 34th career shutout by Kings goalie Jonathan Quick.

Instead, it occurred during Tuesday's morning skate in El Segundo at their practice facility when defenseman Slava Voynov went on the ice with Kings' teammates, contravening his indefinite NHL-imposed suspension. The league acted swiftly, and within hours of the infraction, it fined the Kings $100,000 for the offense.

Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi said in an interview that his motives were pure. He thought it would be good for Voynov to spend some time with his teammates, that it was an optional practice and Voynov simply went on the ice too soon. Lombardi spoke to NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly after Voynov skated with the team, Daly confirmed via email

The Kings have been without Voynov since Oct. 20, a stretch of 19 games. But Tuesday did mark the return of Kings defenseman Alec Martinez, who had missed seven games with an injured finger that had required surgery.

Boston has its own issues on the blue line and played without former Norris Trophy winner Zdeno Chara. Chara and center David Krecji, both on injured reserve, are not with the Bruins on their four-game trip.

The absence of so many key figures had an impact on the game featuring a goaltending duel between Boston's No. 2 goalie, Niklas Svedberg and Quick, who made 31 saves.

Quick's highlight save came at 8:14 of the third period, robbing the Bruins' Torey Krug of an almost-certain goal as the sliding Quick deflected it off his body and then off the post.


"There was a scrum to my left and I could have swore I heard a whistle," said Quick, who recorded his third shutout of the season. "The puck kind of squirted out, I thought I heard a whistle, so I really didn't move at first.

"Then he [Krug] looked like he was winding up with some purpose. I felt like I had to get over there and the puck just kind of hit me."

Said Kings Coach Darryl Sutter: "There was a little more detail in our game tonight than there was the last game…It's not always the results. It's more about the process of trying to do it right, working on it."

The newly formed line with Anze Kopitar centering Tanner Pearson and Jeff Carter showed some chemistry and jump early for the Kings and responded with the game's first goal.

It came late in the first period with 3:40 remaining as Kopitar hit Pearson with a slick pass down low in the right circle. For Pearson, who was limited to three points in November, it was his 10th goal of the season and first in four games.

The assist represented something of a mini-breakthrough for Kopitar, who had gone five games without a point. Kopitar also assisted on Tyler Toffoli's empty-netter with 50 seconds remaining.

Voynov, who pleaded not guilty Monday to a domestic violence charge, had been skating under the direction of Kings assistant coach John Stevens, which is permitted under the terms of his suspension. He did not skate with his teammates until Tuesday.

"There was no ice available on game day, so he jumped on early," Lombardi told The Times.

The team described the morning skate as an optional exercise, but all the players were on the ice. After the fine was assessed, the Kings issued an apology for the incident, in a statement:

"This was clearly a mistake on our part and we accept full responsibility. It is incumbent upon us to be more vigilant in managing this situation to ensure that Slava's allowable training activities always remain separate from the team."

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