Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Iginla Scores 625th Career Goal, Quick Makes 35 Saves as Kings Blank Canucks

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Iginla Scores 625th Career Goal, Quick Makes 35 Saves as Kings Blank Canucks

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Iginla, Quick lead Kings over Canucks


VANCOUVER - Jarome Iginla thought he tied one of his heroes on the NHL's all-time goals list earlier this week.

His math was a little off, but the veteran winger only had to wait a couple more days to reach the milestone.

Iginla scored the 625th goal of his career to match Joe Sakic for 15th all-time, and Jonathan Quick made 35 saves for his second shutout of the season Friday as the Los Angeles Kings blanked the Vancouver Canucks 2-0.

The 39-year-old Iginla was under the impression his winner in Wednesday's 4-1 victory against the Flames in Calgary, where he played from 1996 to 2013, put him on par with Sakic before realizing he was still one short.

"I jumped the gun," said Iginla. "That (puck), I will be keeping. I know what a great player he was and what a great person."

Tyler Toffoli also scored for Los Angeles (37-33-7), which is clinging to minuscule playoff hopes and now sits eight points back of the Nashville Predators for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

Los Angeles and Nashville each have five games remaining on the schedule.

"We have to make sure we do our part," said Iginla, now at 1,299 points for his career. "Nobody is quitting."

Ryan Miller made 24 stops for Vancouver (30-38-9), which was eliminated from post-season contention last week and was shut out for the 10th time this season.

The Canucks were awful in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks, but managed to bounce back with an improved effort against the Kings.

"We played a better game," said Miller. "We were engaged a little bit more.

"Just a couple mistakes ... and we end up chasing."

Iginla broke a scoreless tie on the power play at 12:48 of the second period by deflecting an Alec Martinez shot past Miller for his 14th of the season and third goal in as many games.

"To be able to tie Joe Sakic, that one is definitely very special to me," said Iginla, who notched his fourth game winner of the season and the 101st of his career. …

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