Game 19: Kicked by the Kings
Kings rookie forward Tyler Toffoli scored twice and added an assist as Los Angeles cruised to a 5-1 victory over Vancouver on Saturday night at the Staples Center.
The loss dropped the Canucks' season record to 11-6-2 and their record on their current four-game road trip to 1-1-1.
The Kings used a three-goal second period to blow the game wide open but it was a goal they scored late in the first period coupled with a disallowed Canucks tally in the middle stanza that served as a critical turning point.
With Los Angeles already leading 1-0, Toffoli scored the first of his two goals on the night with less than one minutes left in the period finishing a pretty three-way passing play after Drew Doughty's centering pass banked in off his skate and behind Roberto Luongo. The goal was reviewed but stood.
The Canucks, on a power play early in the second period, would beat Kings' netminder Jonathan Quick on a similar play with Alex Burrows knocking a puck in with his skate but that goal was waved off immediately.
Dan Hamhuis would pull the Canucks back to within a goal at 8:52 of the middle frame but Mike Richards' would restore the Kings' two-goal lead just 1:08 after that while kicking off a flurry of three goals in under three minutes for Los Angeles that put the game essentially out of reach.
Luongo made 14 saves on 18 shots before he was pulled in favour of Eddie Lack, who made 13 saves on 14 shots in relief.
Quick made 25 saves on 26 shots for the Kings.
The Canucks close out their four-game road trip tomorrow night in Anaheim.
RUINED HOMECOMING: Canucks forward Brad Richardson, who spent five seasons in Los Angeles and won a Stanley Cup with them in 2012, faced his former team for the first time since signing with the Canucks in the off-season. He finished 6-of-13 in the faceoff circle and had a minus-one rating in 14:48 of ice-time.
STUCK ON 99: With the loss tonight, the Canucks were denied the opportunity to record their 100th win over the Kings in all-time head-to-head regular season meetings. They'll have to wait until November 25 before getting their next chance to do so back at Rogers Arena.
DOUBLE TROUBLE: Tyler Toffoli became just the third player this season to score twice against the Canucks in the same game. The Flyers' Tye McGinn and now-former Islander Matt Mouson, who has since been traded to the Sabres, are the others.