Canucks 3, Kings 2

Associated Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:49 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Although the Vancouver Canucks still haven't quite shaken their Stanley Cup finals hangover, a few days of team bonding in sunny Southern California cleared their heads a bit more.

Sami Salo and Andrew Ebbett scored power-play goals in the opening minutes, and Roberto Luongo made 28 saves in the Canucks' 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.

Aaron Rome also scored in the first period of the defending Western Conference champion Canucks' fifth stop on a six-game road trip that ends Friday night in Anaheim. Vancouver has won eight of its last 11 regular-season meetings with the Kings.

Vancouver has hovered around .500 this year after falling short of the franchise's first Cup in Game 7 against Boston last June, but the Canucks are gradually building back to the form that resulted in the NHL's best regular-season record last year. Their veteran core remains largely intact - and it doesn't get scared by a slow start to the season, or by 44 scoreless minutes against the Kings after taking an early 3-0 lead.

"We're a good team, we know that," said Luongo, who stopped 14 shots in the third period. "It's just a matter of getting it together, executing on the ice and working hard. We didn't win the Presidents' Trophy last year for nothing."

The Canucks haven't scored much at even strength during their trip, but their potent power play was too much for another opponent even in the absence of Alex Burrows, who missed his second straight game with back spasms. Vancouver worked on special teams during its three-day break in Los Angeles after last weekend's win in Chicago.

"Sometimes you need a little quality time together at the start of the year," Luongo said. "We can't take things for granted. Our power play has been really good as of late, and we just tried to play our game."

Drew Doughty scored and Jonathan Quick stopped 29 shots for Los Angeles, which couldn't climb out of its early hole after penalties to Trevor Lewis and Doughty. Mike Richards scored while Quick was pulled for an extra attacker with 1:10 to play, but Vancouver held on.

"It's very hard to dig out of a hole like that against that kind of a team," Kings coach Terry Murray said. "They're just too deep, too good."

The Kings are in a 2-5-2 skid - including just one win in their last seven - after a 5-1-1 start.

"You don't want to get down one or two goals like that against any team," Quick said. "The next 50 minutes we were trying to get out of the hole we got ourselves in, and we just came up a little short, but I thought we fought hard to get back into the game."

The Kings are still struggling to score consistently after adding Richards and Simon Gagne in the offseason. Los Angeles has managed more than two goals in just two of its last 11 games, with no goals all season from Dustin Penner and a seven-game goal drought for captain Dustin Brown among their many offensive woes.

"We should be scoring more, especially myself right on top of the list," said Justin Williams, who has just three goals in the first 16 games of his four-year, $14.6 million contract extension. "We need to find ways when we're down in games to come back. I felt the spirit on the ice when we were down a couple of goals, and we still had the fight. That's a good sign. We need a comeback win, just for our psyche and our confidence to know that we can come back."

After scoring five power-play goals while beating the Blackhawks four days ago, the Canucks got a five-minute power play early in the first period when Lewis' elbowing penalty left Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa spitting blood onto the ice. Doughty then committed a foolish cross-checking penalty 2 1/2 minutes later, and Vancouver capitalized twice.

The Kings killed 76 seconds of 5-on-3 disadvantage before Salo rifled a slap shot over Quick's stick shoulder. Ebbett then got credit for his first goal of the season when his centering pass deflected off Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell's skate with 31 seconds left in Lewis' penalty.

Rome added a goal on another slap shot late in the first period, but Los Angeles trimmed the lead on a power-play goal midway through the second by Doughty, the Kings' $56 million defenseman. Doughty got off to a terrible start with a nine-game goal drought after holding out for his new contract, but the 21-year-old now has goals in consecutive games.

NOTES: Rome has scored goals in back-to-back games for the first time in his career. ... Before the game, Los Angeles activated C Colin Fraser for his Kings debut. They acquired Fraser from Edmonton in late July after Ryan Smyth demanded a trade back to the Oilers, but Fraser hadn't fully recovered from a broken foot, sparking a bitter dispute between GMs Dean Lombardi and Steve Tambellini. Fraser won the Stanley Cup with Chicago in 2010.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
06:51VAN PPG - Sami Salo (4) ASST: Daniel Sedin (13), Ryan Kesler (5) 1 - 0 VAN
07:33VAN PPG - Andrew Ebbett (1) ASST: Alexander Edler (13), Dan Hamhuis (6) 2 - 0 VAN
15:42VAN Aaron Rome (2) ASST: Henrik Sedin (14), Daniel Sedin (14) 3 - 0 VAN
2nd Period
10:30LAK PPG - Drew Doughty (2) ASST: Jack Johnson (3), Anze Kopitar (11) 3 - 1 VAN
3rd Period
18:50LAK Mike Richards (4) ASST: Anze Kopitar (12), Drew Doughty (5) 3 - 2 VAN
Three Stars of the Game
Daniel Sedin
Daniel Sedin
G: 0Shots: 4
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 18:21
Anze Kopitar
Anze Kopitar
G: 0Shots: 6
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 23:22
Aaron Rome
Aaron Rome
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 16:43
Penalty Summary
1st Period
03:03LAK Trevor Lewis  Elbowing (maj) against  Kevin Bieksa
05:35LAK Drew Doughty  Cross checking against  Ryan Kesler
12:24VAN Daniel Sedin  Holding against  Willie Mitchell
16:08LAK Colin Fraser  Interference against  Maxim Lapierre
19:03LAK Kyle Clifford  Fighting (maj) against  Dale Weise
19:03VAN Dale Weise  Fighting (maj) against  Kyle Clifford
2nd Period
05:15VAN Keith Ballard  Slashing against  Dustin Brown
09:51VAN Henrik Sedin  Hooking against  Anze Kopitar
10:53LAK Dustin Brown  Tripping against  Jannik Hansen
13:37VAN Cody Hodgson  Interference against  Dustin Brown
19:26VAN Jannik Hansen  Roughing against  Justin Williams
19:26LAK Justin Williams  Roughing against  Jannik Hansen
3rd Period
09:46VAN Keith Ballard  Hooking against  Dustin Penner
13:00LAK Matt Greene  Tripping against  Dale Weise
14:21VAN Aaron Rome  Tripping against  Mike Richards
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays2/61/6
Faceoff Wins2528
Blocked Shots136
Penalty Minutes1920
2D. HamhuisD01-12024:32
3K. BieksaD00-11016:13
4K. BallardD0011416:27
6S. SaloD1002022:18
7D. BoothL0001014:36
9C. HodgsonC0000212:06
17R. KeslerC0103020:32
20C. HigginsL0003017:18
22D. SedinL0214218:21
23A. EdlerD0105022:54
25A. EbbettC100109:33
27M. MalhotraC0002011:29
29A. RomeD1014216:43
32D. WeiseR00-1158:27
33H. SedinC0110218:38
36J. HansenR0011215:00
40M. LapierreC00-10012:52
54A. VolpattiL00-1109:26
1R. Luongo2830.93359:56
2M. GreeneD00-11215:10
3J. JohnsonD0111021:04
7R. ScuderiD00-10015:15
8D. DoughtyD1113226:28
10M. RichardsC1003021:08
11A. KopitarC0216023:22
12S. GagneL0011016:59
13K. CliffordL000058:30
14J. WilliamsR0003214:48
17E. MoreauL000009:18
22T. LewisC000058:53
23D. BrownR0004221:59
24C. FraserC000127:09
25D. PennerR00-10014:20
27A. MartinezD0000015:18
28J. StollC0005016:13
33W. MitchellD0000022:32
47T. HunterR000208:21
32J. Quick2932.90658:57