LAK
VAN

Kings 4, Canucks 2

Associated Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:49 AM

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Dustin Brown and the Los Angeles Kings got a lot more out of Vancouver's power plays than the top-seeded Canucks.

Brown tied an NHL playoff record with two short-handed goals, Jonathan Quick made 46 saves and the Kings beat the Canucks 4-2 on Friday night to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round series.

Brown had the two-goal game two nights after capping the Kings' 4-2 Game 1 victory with an empty-net goal.

"They're huge goals," Brown said. "Special teams is a big part of playoff hockey, and it's not often you are going to see two short-handed goals like that."

The right winger opened the scoring with 9 seconds left in the first period, and gave the Kings a 2-1 lead at 5:17 of the second. Brown became the 12th player - Wayne Greyzky did it twice - to score two short-handed goals in a playoff game.

In addition to giving up the two short-handed goals, Vancouver was 0 for 5 on the power play.

"Five-on-5 we played well," Canucks captain Henrik Sedin said. "The power play is not good enough right now. Not only are we not scoring, but we're giving up goals. That can't happen."

Jarret Stoll added a power-play goal for the Kings at 8:30 of the third, a goal originally credited to Brown, and Trevor Lewis made it 4-1 with 5:09 left.

"You need big performances at this time of year," Brown said. "It's important for us to understand where we're at and hit the reset button."

Quick made 22 saves in the third period, allowing only Samuel Pahlsson's goal with 3:38 to play.

"He's a younger guy, doesn't have much experience," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. "He's no different than our other young skaters. They're still learning lots about it, and they're doing a good job of it."

Jannik Hansen also scored for Vancouver, the Presidents' Trophy winner as the NHL regular-season points leader.

Game 3 is Sunday night in Los Angeles.

The game got off to another raucous start when Vancouver's Alex Burrows jabbed at the puck while it was under Quick's glove 30 seconds in. After the whistle, Quick got up and threw the puck at Burrows.

Brown gave the Kings the lead in the final seconds of the period. Anze Kopitar intercepted Alex Edler's drop pass in the Vancouver end, cut in front of the net and tried to deke Roberto Luongo, but the goalie kicked the puck out and got caught up in a pile of Vancouver players. Brown promptly shot the puck into the vacant net with former Canucks forward Willie Mitchell off for holding.

"It's just execution. Execution and communication," Canucks forward Ryan Kesler said. "We've got to forget about what just happened and worry about the next game."

Hansen tied it 17 seconds into the second period, deflecting Henrik Sedin's wrist shot past Quick.

However, with Mitchell in the box again for holding, Brown scored on a short-handed breakaway 5 minutes later. The breakaway came after Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis fell while trying to field a back pass from partner Kevin Bieksa at the Los Angeles blue line.

"They're momentum killers," Bieksa said about the short-handed goals. "You go out on the power play looking to generate chances. A couple of unfortunate plays and it's in the back of our net."

In the third, Stoll jammed the puck in from close range during a power play, and Lewis scored on a wraparound. Pahlsson completed the scoring.

"It was strictly a game of special teams out there," Sutter said. "Five-on 5, we weren't very impressive."

Notes: Canucks defenseman Keith Ballard, playing his first game since sustaining a concussion in early February, assisted on Pahlsson's goal. Ballard missed 30 games. ... Vancouver forward Byron Bitz served the first game of a two-game suspension for a hit to the head on Kyle Clifford in Game 1. Andrew Ebbett took Bitz's spot in the lineup. ... Clifford sat out because of an undisclosed upper-body injury. Andrei Loktionov took his place in the lineup.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
19:51LAK SHG - Dustin Brown (2) ASST: Anze Kopitar (2) 1 - 0 LAK
2nd Period
00:17VAN Jannik Hansen (1) ASST: Henrik Sedin (2) 1 - 1 Tie
05:17LAK SHG - Dustin Brown (3) ASST: NONE 2 - 1 LAK
3rd Period
08:30LAK PPG - Jarret Stoll (1) ASST: Justin Williams (2), Dustin Brown (1) 3 - 1 LAK
14:51LAK Trevor Lewis (1) ASST: Dustin Penner (1) 4 - 1 LAK
16:22VAN Samuel Pahlsson (1) ASST: Keith Ballard (1), Mason Raymond (1) 4 - 2 LAK
Penalty Summary
1st Period
08:34VAN Kevin Bieksa  Interference against  Justin Williams
13:01LAK Alec Martinez  Holding against  Jannik Hansen
17:54LAK Willie Mitchell  Holding against  David Booth
2nd Period
04:59LAK Willie Mitchell  Holding against  Mason Raymond
11:10LAK Justin Williams  Tripping against  David Booth
3rd Period
07:03VAN Keith Ballard  Cross checking against  Mike Richards
10:05VAN Ryan Kesler  Roughing against  Mike Richards
12:42VAN Jannik Hansen  Misconduct (10 min) against  Drew Doughty
12:42VAN Jannik Hansen  Roughing against  Drew Doughty
12:42VAN Jannik Hansen  Roughing against  Drew Doughty
12:42VAN Alexandre Burrows  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Anze Kopitar
12:42LAK Drew Doughty  Roughing against  Jannik Hansen
12:42LAK Dustin Brown  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Henrik Sedin
15:14VAN Maxim Lapierre  Misconduct (10 min) against  Dustin Brown
18:16LAK Rob Scuderi  Cross checking against  Alexandre Burrows
shots by period
PeriodLAKVAN
1st1110
2nd615
3rd923
Total2648
Team Stats
CategoryLAKVAN
Power Plays1/40/5
Hits3245
Faceoff Wins3138
Giveaways69
Takeaways1010
Blocked Shots2010
Penalty Minutes1432
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  • VANCOUVER
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33H. SedinC0106020:31
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1R. Luongo2226.84657:56