NEW YORK (AP) — Mika Zibanejad and Jimmy Vesey scored second-period goals, Jonathan Quick made 25 saves against his former team and the New York Rangers downed the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 on Sunday night.
Quick, who improved to 8-0-1, made an acrobatic glove save on Carl Grundstrom at 13:38 of the third, eliciting cheers from the crowd.
Kings forward Phillip Danault ruined Quick’s shutout bid at 6:37 of the third with a power-play goal. Adrian Kempe and Anze Kopitar assisted. Danault left the game midway through the first after he was accidentally struck in the face with a puck shot into the Los Angeles zone by Zibanejad. He returned wearing a cage as extra facial protection.
Brodzinski scored on the power play at 11:32 of the third to put the Rangers ahead 3-1.
Cuylle made it 4-1 with his fifth at 15:24.
Zibanejad put the home team on the board with a power-play goal at 8:27 of the second when he one-timed a pass from Trocheck past Kings goaltender Pheonix Copley.
Artemi Panarin also assisted on the goal and has points in 21 of 26 games this season.
Vesey made it 2-0 at 17:27 of the second, sliding a backhand through Copley's pads. Copley had 23 saves.
Quick played parts of 16 seasons for the Kings, with 370 wins and 2.46 goals-against average. In addition to winning Stanley Cups in 2012 and 2014, he was a Vezina Trophy finalist in 2011-12 and 2015-16.
The Rangers have won four straight against the Kings and five of their last six meetings with Los Angeles.
New York improved to 10-2-1 against teams from the Western Conference and 6-0-0 against Pacific Division teams.
Rangers: Host Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday.
Kings: Host Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday.
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Allan Kreda, The Associated Press