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NEWARK, N.J. -- Ben Scrivens and Cory Schneider were standing approximately 175 feet apart from each other Friday, but it was as if the two goalies were embroiled in a game of 1-on-1 at Prudential Center.
Scrivens, starting his second game in as many nights for the Los Angeles Kings, faced the heavier workload and made 26 saves. Schneider, making his third start this month for the New Jersey Devils, was almost as effective against 20 shots.
The difference was a deflection goal by Kings forward Dwight King 13:08 into the third period. That was all Scrivens needed as he came through with his second shutout of the season, a 2-0 victory, to help the Kings win their second straight game and fourth in their past six.
King was alone in the slot when he deflected Jake Muzzin's shot from the left point with 6:52 to play in the third period. Until then it was the goalie show.
New Jersey had a power-play chance with 2:49 left after Mike Richards was called for a faceoff violation. The Devils never got a shot on goal despite pulling Schneider to make it a 6-on-4. The power play ended seven seconds early when Damien Brunner was called for tripping with 56.7 seconds to go.
Anze Kopitar scored an empty-net goal with 2.9 seconds remaining.
Scrivens, the Kings' new No. 1 goalie with Jonathan Quick sidelined by a Grade-2 groin strain, got the shutout less than 24 hours after he made 23 saves in a 3-2 come-from-behind win over the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.
The only other time in Scrivens' brief NHL career he started on back-to-back nights was Feb. 18-19 last season when he was with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He made 37 saves in a 3-0 win over the Florida Panthers on the 18th, but the next night at the Tampa Bay Lightning he gave up four goals on 13 shots and was pulled in the third period.
He clearly wasn't fazed by the heavy workload this time around, and that's a good sign for the Kings, who know they are likely to be without Quick for at least a month, probably longer. Martin Jones is the Kings' current backup goalie, but he has never appeared in an NHL game.
Scrivens had to be perfect Friday because Schneider was almost that in the other net. Schneider remained at one win this season because his teammates haven't scored enough to help him out.
The Devils have 10 goals in Schneider's nine starts. They have scored 26 in Martin Brodeur's 10 starts.
New Jersey held an 18-12 advantage in shots on goal after the second period, 12 of those in the first period when Scrivens was at his best. Jaromir Jagr was particularly dangerous, and Scrivens made a flashy glove save to deny Andrei Loktionov off the rush. At that point the Devils had an 11-2 lead in shots on goal.
Andy Greene missed a wide open net off an odd-man rush with approximately five minutes to play in the second period.
Schneider didn't face as many challenges from the Kings, with 12 saves through two periods. The Kings' best chance didn't result in a shot on goal; Linden Vey got free on a shorthanded breakaway midway through the second period, but the rookie center fired a shot high and wide with Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky chasing him.
Schneider's best save was on King 7:30 into the second. King got free inside of Devils defenseman Peter Harrold while New Jersey was going through a line change and tried to stuff it wide of Schneider, but the goalie moved with the shot and made a chest save.
The Kings had a golden chance when Harrold was called for a double-minor high sticking 1:28 into the second period, but 50 seconds into the power play King was guilty of hooking Zidlicky. The Kings wound up with one shot on goal combined on the broken power plays, which equaled two minutes.
The Devils got Patrik Elias and Stephen Gionta back in the lineup, and the Kings welcomed back Jarret Stoll. Elias missed the previous six games with back spasms, and Gionta missed two in a row with a sore foot. Stoll missed four straight games with an upper-body injury.
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|Peter Harrold Hi stick - double minor against Tyler Toffoli|
|Dwight King Hooking against Marek Zidlicky|
|Jake Muzzin Interference against Steve Bernier|
|Mike Richards Delay Gm - Face-off Violation against Travis Zajac|
|Damien Brunner Tripping against Trevor Lewis|
|SA: 26||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 26||EV: 24 - 24|
|PIM: 0||PP: 2 - 2|
|SV%: 1.000||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 20||TOI: 58:36|
|Saves: 19||EV: 16 - 17|
|PIM: 0||PP: 2 - 2|
|SV%: .950||SH: 1 - 1|
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