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Associated Press  |  Last updated October 09, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21: Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings stretches in goal against the Buffalo Sabres at the Staples Center on January 21, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Jonathan Quick should get a chance to redeem himself. The Los Angeles Kings would just like to avoid a three-game slide. Quick will try to bounce back from a costly gaffe and help the Kings continue their home dominance of the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night. Quick started this season in strong fashion, stopping 27 of 29 shots before turning aside both shootout attempts in Thursday's 3-2 win over Minnesota. He hasn't been nearly that effective over the last two games, giving up seven goals on 55 shots. His latest performance, however, included his worst moment of the young season. The All-star goaltender left the net to play a dump-in off the boards early in the third period, but lost his stick before the puck deflected off his blocker and trickled in for a short-handed goal - and the final tally - in a 3-1 defeat to the New York Rangers on Monday. "You play 60 minutes and you try to stop the puck for your teammates, that's the thought process," said Quick, the 2012 Conn Smythe Award winner during the Kings' run to their first Stanley Cup. "Everyone gives up that goal, and it's part of the game." Facing Ottawa (1-0-1) - especially at home - could be just what Quick and the Kings need. Los Angeles has won seven of the last nine meetings with the Senators, and owns an 11-1-0 record with one tie in 13 all-time at home. Quick is 3-1-0 with a 1.76 GAA and one shutout in four career starts versus Ottawa, winning both at home while making 27 saves in a 4-1 victory in the latest matchup Jan. 23, 2012. While Quick is looking to continue that success and show some improvement, so are the rest of the Kings. They've scored half of their six goals on the power play, but are looking for more intensity at even strength. "Our five-on-five play needs to improve," right wing Justin Williams said. "It's non-existent right now. Certainly we need to get dirty. We need to become whole, put our work before skill, and get dirty and greasy, bang some in and rebound." The Senators are on a season-opening six-game road trip and trying to end a five-game losing streak and six-game winless skid in Los Angeles since their lone victory there on Jan. 11, 2000. So far, coach Paul MacLean is encouraged after opening the season with a 1-0 win at Buffalo on Friday before squandering a two-goal lead to fall 5-4 in a shootout at Toronto the following day. "We come on the road and get three of a possible four points, had the lead at 4-2 halfway through the game so, yeah, we can take that out of the game," MacLean said. "The way we played over the course of the 60 minutes, much like (Friday), we can take the good, throw out the bad and get on with our season." Jason Spezza, who missed all but five games last season due to back surgery, got his first goal of 2013-14 on Saturday after coming up empty on seven shots in the opener. The center has no points and is a minus-3 in four games at Los Angeles. Kyle Turris leads the Senators with four points through two games.
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