He brings so much energy and he’s a positive guy

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SUNRISE Sidney Crosby Jersey , Fla. (AP) Jonathan Quick got back on the winning track – at the Florida Panthers’ expense.Quick made 35 saves, Anze Kopitar scored his 22nd goal and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Panthers 3-1 on Friday night for their third straight victory.Quick was 1-7 in his previous eight starts and had given up five goals in each of his past two.”I thought he was a calming force for us back there,” Kings coach John Stevens said. ”He just looked like he was really solid and comfortable in the net, and I think he gave us a lot of confidence by him playing that way.”For his part, Quick wasn’t attaching any special significance to his performance.”Just another game. We were able to win it,” Quick said. ”Got two points.”Jonny Brodzinski scored the go-ahead goal, and Nick Shore also connected for the Kings. Derek Forbort had three assists.Aaron Ekblad scored for the Panthers, and Harri Sateri made 23 saves. They had won four in a row.”We were right there and made a couple mistakes,” Sateri said. ”They played a good game. They were hard to play against. You have to give them credit, too.”With James Reimer now healthy and Roberto Luongo starting to practice, the Panthers have some decisions to make in goal.”Harri’s done a heck of a job for us but we’ve got some goalies that are healthy, and we’ve got to get them back in action, too,” Panther coach Bob Boughner said.Kopitar stretched the Kings’ lead to 3-1 just 25 seconds into the third. Kopitar took a pass from Alex Iafallo in the low slot and redirected the puck past Sateri.Brodzinski put the Kings ahead 2-1 when he backhanded a shot that bounced off the Panthers’ Denis Malgin and past Sateri with 3:57 left in the second.With 4:26 left in the third, Kings center Trevor Lewis was driven into the boards by Jared McCann. Lewis lay motionless on the ice for a minute or so. He later skated off the ice and to the locker room with the assistance of the trainer.”I think he’s going to be fine, but not sure. Kind of a scary-looking play there, but hopefully he’s fine,” Stevens said.The Kings tied it at 1 on Shore’s goal. Shore took a backhanded pass from Andy Andreoff in the left circle Tom Kuhnhackl Jersey , worked the puck into the slot, and fired a shot over Sateri’s glove at 3:09 of the second period.Shore was a healthy scratch the past two games.”Anytime you’re out of the lineup, you’re kind of just waiting to get back,” Shore said. ”All you can do is be ready for a chance. It’s nice to go out there and get two points tonight.”Ekblad’s power-play goal gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead. Ekblad grabbed a rebound that came off the end boards at the left side of the crease and put the puck over Quick’s shoulder with 8:28 left in the first period.Notes: Kings D Alec Martinez returned after missing two games with a lower-body injury. … The Kings played the first game of a seven-game trip. … The Panthers sent rookie goalie Samuel Montembeault, to Springfield of the AHL on Thursday to make room for the return of James Reimer. Luongo practiced Thursday for the first time since he suffered a groin injury on Dec. 4 against the New York Islanders.UP NEXTKings: At Tampa Bay on Saturday night.Panthers: At Edmonton on Monday night. PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Penguins weren’t about to let Patric Hornqvist get away.The two-time defending Stanley Cup champions signed the 31-year-old forward to a five-year extension Tuesday that runs through the 2022-23 season. The deal has an average annual value of $5.3 million.He was set to become a free agent this summer but didn’t hesitate on an extension once he was approached by general manager Jim Rutherford, who rarely makes such a move in the middle of the year.”This is the city I want to be in and I’m really happy to stay here five more years,” Hornqvist said. ”We always have a chance to win and we have a great core group in here, so that was obviously the key situation for me, too.”Hornqvist has been a vital part of Pittsburgh’s title runs. He scored the series-clinching goal in Game 6 of the 2017 Stanley Cup finals against Nashville.”He’s been such a big part of this team and what it’s been able to accomplish the last couple seasons,” coach Mike Sullivan said. ”He brings so much energy and he’s a positive guy. He brings a dimension to our dressing room that is unique.”To the ice as well.Hornqvist plays a physical game, often putting his body in front of the net to grab loose pucks or create room for Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel. Hornqvist has 17 goals and 15 assists for the Penguins this season entering Tuesday night’s game against New Jersey. He was acquired in a 2014 trade with the Predators and has 85 goals and 93 assists with the Penguins.Hornqvist said he’s glad the process is over so he can focus on hockey. The Penguins began Tuesday in third place in the tight Metropolitan Division. The signing also means a core that includes Hornqvist, Crosby and Malkin is under contract well into the next decade.”I think we have something great here,” Hornqvist said. ”Just have to go out here and prove it.”NOTES: Center Derick Brassard, acquired in a deal with Ottawa last week, skated with the team Tuesday morning and is scheduled to play against the Devils. … goalie Matt Murray is out indefinitely with a concussion after taking a puck to the helmet in practice Monday.—

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