“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.
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?
“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.
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.”
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.