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Canucks 2, Kings 1, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

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Canucks 2, Kings 1, SO
Vancouver Canucks 2, Los Angeles Kings 1

LOS ANGELES (AP) -After spending his first month with Vancouver as Roberto Luongo's cleanup man, Andrew Raycroft was grateful to get his pads dirty in a defense-dominated win for the Canucks.

Mikael Samuelsson scored in the first period and again in the third round of the shootout, leading Vancouver to a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.

Raycroft made 30 saves in his first start of the season for the Canucks, who have won four of five after a slow start. After playing just 53 minutes during his first 12 games with Vancouver, Raycroft finally got to show why the Canucks signed the veteran to back up Luongo, who's sidelined with a broken rib.

Los Angeles outshot the Canucks 31-15 and dominated puck possession for long stretches, but Raycroft kept it even until the shootout, when he stopped two of Los Angeles' three attempts.

"It was a nice, greasy road win," Raycroft said. "I'll take them all year. We did a great job killing penalties and keeping their top line off the scoresheet. We knew they played last night and it was a tough road game for them, so we wanted to just make it hard for them all night."

After Ryan Kesler scored for Vancouver in the first shootout round, Jack Johnson answered for Los Angeles in the second. Raycroft made a pad save on Ryan Smyth before Samuelsson beat Jonathan Quick with the winner.

Scott Parse scored his first NHL goal in the first period for the Kings, who have earned points in six straight games for the first time since March 2007 despite consecutive 2-1 shootout losses.

The Kings (8-4-2) fell one victory and one point shy of the franchise records for October, both set in 1990 with nine wins and 19 points. Quick made 14 saves for the Kings, who returned home from a 2-1 shootout loss at San Jose on Wednesday night with another low-scoring loss.

"It's the same feeling after two games - bad feeling," Kings coach Terry Murray said. "It's a useless part of the game, the shootout. I hate it, but the fans love it. For that reason I like it, because the fans are excited, they're standing waiting for the next shooter. It is good for the game, but boy, do I hate it."

Raycroft struggled in Colorado last season after barely playing during the first half, but he'll be in the Canucks' net for at least a week after Luongo decided he couldn't keep playing through a cracked rib from Saturday's victory over Toronto. Luongo played two games with the injury, giving up five goals in a loss to Detroit on Tuesday, before taking the break.

"I knew what I signed up for, and I knew what I was getting into," Raycroft said. "But if you work hard every day and try to stop every puck in practice, the game seems at a slower pace, just because guys don't have as much time and room and space."

Three Stars
Andrew Raycroft

Dandy Andy recorded 30 saves in his first career start with the Canucks. He'll likely get the call Friday in Anaheim.
1 GA, 30 SAVES

Matt Greene

The LA defenceman recorded 16:14 of ice time during 20 shifts, he was a plus-1 with 3 hits and 3 blocked shots.
+1, 16:14 TOI

Ryan Kesler

Kesler led all Vancouver forwards in ice time, shots and face off percentage. He also had 2 hits and 2 blocked shots.

Parse put the Kings ahead midway through the first period with his first goal in his fourth NHL game, converting a one-timer from Teddy Purcell.

"You play your whole life to make it here and score a goal, so this is great," said Parse, a 25-year-old who played at Nebraska-Omaha. "Teddy set it up nice for me, and I just let it go. It felt good right off the stick."

Samuelsson tied it late in the period, tying Henrik Sedin for the team lead with his sixth goal. The Kings limited Vancouver to two shots in the third period, but couldn't capitalize on the other end.

"We know the Kings are a really good hockey team this year, and they showed it tonight," Samuelsson said. "We tried to keep it tight in the defensive zone. They had to work for pretty much everything, and our goaltender played a great game. We didn't get a lot of scoring chances, but we scored on one of them."

Los Angeles had scored 20 goals in its four victories leading up to its trip to the Shark Tank, but Anze Kopitar - second in the NHL in scoring behind Washington's Alex Ovechkin - hasn't scored in the Kings' past two games.

"This game is a little tougher to deal with because it's a home game and you outshoot them 2-1 and play pretty well," Murray said. "We had some quality scoring chances, and their goaltender hasn't played much in the last year, but he played well tonight."

NOTES: The Canucks recalled G Cory Schneider from the AHL's Manitoba Moose to back up Raycroft. ... The Kings hosted "Canadian Night" at Staples Center, including a concert by Canadian band The Tragically Hip across the street after the game. ... Talk show host Craig Ferguson attended the game.

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scoring summary
1st Period
Scott Parse (1) ASST: Teddy Purcell (3), Jarret Stoll (8)
1 - 0 LAK
Mikael Samuelsson (6) ASST: Alexandre Burrows (5), Henrik Sedin (10)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
3rd Period
OT Period
1M. HandzusR. Kesler
2J. JohnsonM. Raymond
3R. SmythM. Samuelsson
penalty summary
1st Period
Mikael Samuelsson  Hooking against  Dustin Brown
Sergei Shirokov  Hooking against  Jack Johnson
Sean O'Donnell  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Kevin Bieksa
Kevin Bieksa  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Sean O'Donnell
2nd Period
Davis Drewiske  Holding the stick against  Michael Grabner
Jarret Stoll  Holding the stick against  Sami Salo
3rd Period
Alexander Edler  Hooking against  Teddy Purcell
OT Period
goalie stats
Andrew Raycroft
Andrew Raycroft
SA: 31TOI: 64:28
Saves: 30EV: 24 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .968SH: 1 - 1
Jonathan Quick
Jonathan Quick
SA: 15TOI: 64:44
Saves: 14EV: 13 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .933SH: 0 - 0