Ottawa at Los Angeles

Ersberg notches first NHL shutout, leads Kings past Senators

CBSSports.com wire reports
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LOS ANGELES -- Back in his native Sweden it was about 7:15 a.m. Erik Ersberg's parents were waking up to another day, looking forward to watching a replay of his game against the Ottawa Senators on the Internet.

Back in California, their son had just finished toweling off after posting his first NHL victory and shutout.

Ersberg stopped 40 shots in his third NHL start Thursday night, leading the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-0 victory.

"It's been a dream of mine since I was a little kid," Ersberg said. "It's a great opportunity to play in this league and show what you can do. It feels good to get some games up here. I'm happy for every game I get. That's why I came over here -- to play in this league. When you play a couple of games, you want to get more."

He was starting in place of Jason LaBarbera, who underwent season-ending surgery for a sports hernia a day earlier.

Ersberg, the first Swedish-born goalie in Kings history, stopped 16 shots in the first period, including a slap shot by Jason Spezza that knocked his mask off midway through the first period. The shot left Ersberg dazed for a few moments.

Ersberg, who will turn 26 years old on Saturday, is one of 10 different goalies the Kings have used since the start of last season.

"We saw him last year at the World Championships. We had him identified before that, and then we watched him there. We had a hole on our reserve list in that age group, so we took a shot at him," said Kings assistant GM Ron Hextall, who played goaltender in the NHL for 13 seasons.

"His athleticism and quickness are the best aspects of his game, as well as his lateral movement. He's not the biggest guy, so he's got to use his athletic ability. Obviously, this gives us a chance to look at him and gives him a chance to prove something. But I can't imagine him locking up a spot for next season in these last 14 games."

Ersberg had a couple of close calls in the waning moments, including a slap shot by Andrej Meszaros that deflected off another stick in the low slot and off the left post with 44 seconds remaining.

With about two minutes to play, Christoph Schubert took a short wrist shot that glanced off Ersberg's glove and fell behind him. He clamped his glove on the puck just as it reached the goal line, and referee Mike Leggo blew his whistle while motioning "no goal." Replays confirmed that Nick Foligno poked the puck across the line a split-second after Leggo blew his whistle.

"I had no idea if it was in or not," Ersberg said. "It was under my glove, so I guess it was hard for him to see if it was over the goal line or not."

The Senators, who are two points behind Pittsburgh and Montreal for the most points in the Eastern Conference, have lost six of their past seven games and have been shut out three times during that stretch. They came in with a league-leading 219 goals.

"As hard as you play and as well as you play some nights, you have to find a way to score goals," said coach Bryan Murray, who is 2-2 since returning to the bench after John Paddock's dismissal. "We played so hard in the third period and had many chances, but we can't find a way to score a goal."

Ottawa's Martin Gerber finished with 30 saves. The only shot that got past him was a 15-foot wrist shot along the ice by Frolov that found a tiny space between Gerber's skate and the right post at 8:10 of the second. Patrick O'Sullivan scored an empty-net goal with 4.3 seconds remaining.

Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson, who leads the team with 37 goals and 79 points, sat out his second successive game because of back spasms.

Notes

  • This was the Senators' first visit to Staples Center since Oct. 15, 2003.
  • Ottawa is 1-8 this season when Alfredsson is not in the lineup.
  • The Kings have killed off all 17 opponents' power plays over their past five games, including three by the Senators.
  • Los Angeles D Rob Blake needs one more goal to tie Bob Berry's total of 159 for 10th place on the team's career list. Blake also needs one more point for 700 in the NHL.
  • The Senators have allowed 10 power-play goals over their past eight games.
  • The Kings are 9-1-1 against Ottawa at home.
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Kings goalie Erik Ersberg is put to the test, and he shuts out the NHL's highest scoring team.  (AP)
Kings goalie Erik Ersberg is put to the test, and he shuts out the NHL's highest scoring team. (AP)

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Scoreboard
Ottawa (37-25-6)0000
Los Angeles  (27-37-5) «0112
Three Stars
E. Ersberg
LA


Saves: 40
Save Pct.: 1.000
M. Gerber
OTT


Saves: 30
Save Pct.: .968
A. Kopitar
LA


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
None
2ND PERIOD
08:10Power Play - Alexander Frolov (21), Wrist Shot. Assist: Anze Kopitar, Lubomir Visnovsky
3RD PERIOD
19:56Patrick O'Sullivan (18), Empty Net. Assist: Dustin Brown
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
03:13Armstrong, 2 min, Hooking
19:24Blake, 2 min, Hooking
19:24Stillman, 2 min, Holding the Stick
2ND PERIOD
01:56Kopitar, 2 min, Holding
06:01Stillman, 2 min, Tripping
07:01Fisher, 2 min, Tripping
11:00Donovan, 2 min, Roughing
15:59Brown, 2 min, Roughing
17:20Spezza, 2 min, Hooking
18:23Vermette, 2 min, Hooking
3RD PERIOD
03:18Ivanans, 5 min, Fighting
03:18McGrattan, 5 min, Fighting
19:55Meszaros, 2 min, Roughing
Shots On Goal
 123T
Ottawa1681640
Los Angeles821332
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Martin Gerber57:55301
Erik Ersberg60:00400
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Ottawa0-for-0
Los Angeles1-for-2
Game Information
Attendance - 17580
Referees - Mike Leggo, Brad Meier
Linesmen - Lyle Seitz, Jay Sharrers
 
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Tor 8 Final
Bos 2
Mon 4 Final
Pho 2
Min 2 Final
Car 3
Pitt 2 Final
Fla 5
Ana 0 Final
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Phi 3
NYR 4 Final
NYI 1
Nash 2 Final
Van 6