Los Angeles
Kings
46-27-9
Vancouver
Canucks
49-28-5

25 SOG
28 SOG
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LAK
VAN
game recap

Canucks 3, Kings 1

Monday, 06.18.2012 / 10:44 PM

Associated Press

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -The Canucks' second-line combination of Ryan Kesler and Mason Raymond likely took some headlines for a night from the top-tier twins, Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

Kesler scored 64 seconds in and set up Raymond's insurance goal with 5:12 left, leading Vancouver to a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday.

"To win in this league you need more than one line going," Daniel Sedin said. "You need all four lines going. Tonight we had a good effort from everyone."

None was better than Kesler's. He set the tone on the second shift by sweeping in a rebound, and sent Raymond in alone off the left wing with the game still in doubt late. Raymond, who also had an assist, cut hard into the crease before tucking the puck between Jonathan Quick s legs.

"A team needs more than one line going," said Kesler, who has three goals in four games after going 14 without scoring. "It s about time. I was fighting it for a little bit there - 14 games, but who's counting - but I m getting bounces now and hockey is starting to be fun again.

Daniel and Henrik Sedin each extended their point streaks to seven games by setting up Sami Salo's power play goal late in the first period. Daniel has six goals and six assists during his streak. Identical twin Henrik has 14 assists, and is tied with New York Rangers star Marian Gaborik for second in NHL scoring with 42 points, two behind San Jose's Joe Thornton.

But it was the second-line scoring - and 24 saves from Roberto Luongo - that made the difference for the Canucks, who have won the first three games of an eight-game homestand.

Alexander Frolov scored and Quick made 25 saves as the Kings started a four-game road trip with their first regulation loss in nine games (8-1-1).

Los Angeles came into the game on top of the Western Conference and looking for its first five-game win streak since 2006 and first nine-game points streak since 1980. Instead the Kings found themselves trailing early after a giveaway led to Kesler's goal.

Three Stars
Ryan Kesler

Three goals in the last four games after going 14 without, and the Canucks' best centerman in the dot (at least who took a decent number of draws).
1 Goal, 1 Assist, 57% FOP

Drew Doughty

Unimpressive on the stats sheet, but he DID lead the Kings in ice time with 20:45 in 25 shifts and was a steadying presence on a night when his teammates weren't.
0 Goal, 0 Assist, -1, 2 SOG, 2 Hits

Mason Raymond

Scored in back-to-back games and hit a new career high for goals with 12. Two points away for a career mark in points.
1 Goal, 1 Assist, +2, 5 SOG

After Quick was forced to make a big glove save a minute later, head coach Terry Murray called a timeout to settle his team.

"You can't play against good hockey clubs without the intensity," Murray said. "We didn't jump up to the intensity level of the game. We were waiting around, feeling our way around the game and seeing how it was going to play out. We had to get the attention of the players."

It seemed to work, but after failing to convert on consecutive Canucks penalties that included a 46-second 5-on-3, Salo doubled Vancouver's lead on a power play with 2:45 left in the first period.

Frolov got the Kings back in it by banging in a rebound with 16.2 seconds left in the period after Loungo made the initial save of Randy Jones' point shot. But Luongo made the best of his saves short-handed, including a shoulder stop on Dustin Brown's 2-on-1 shot, as the Canucks' 27th-ranked penalty killing blanked the Kings on five chances with the man advantage. Vancouver has held the Kings, who are second in the West in goal scoring, to one goal in three-straight wins.

"It was one of our best (games) of the year," Luongo said.

Raymond ended any suspense with a confident move for his third goal in three games, and also set a new single-season career high with his 12th goal.

"When we have all lines firing were a pretty good team," Raymond said. "(Our line is) starting to come on stronger all the time. When we're skating and going north-south and getting pucks towards the net we know we are being effective."

NOTES: Kings C Jarret Stoll left midway through the third period with a groin injury, but Murray wasn't sure how serious it was. Kings RW Wayne Simmonds had surgery earlier in the day to clean up cartilage damage in his left knee, but there is no timeline for his return. Los Angeles called up forward Corey Elkins from the AHL on an emergency basis, but he isn't scheduled to join the team until Tuesday's game in Edmonton. ... Kings LW Ryan Smyth, who had 23 points in 22 games before getting hurt in mid-November, is expected back Dec. 26.


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scoring summary
1st Period
01:04
VAN
Ryan Kesler (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Mikael Samuelsson (12), Mason Raymond (10)
1 - 0 VAN
17:15
VAN
PPG - Sami Salo (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Daniel Sedin (12), Henrik Sedin (28)
2 - 0 VAN
19:43
LAK
Alex Frolov (9) Slapshot - ASST: Randy Jones (8), Anze Kopitar (22)
2 - 1 VAN
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
14:48
VAN
Mason Raymond (12) Backhand shot - ASST: Ryan Kesler (21), Shane O'Brien (2)
3 - 1 VAN
penalty summary
1st Period
02:38
LAK
Randy Jones  Hooking against  Mason Raymond
08:22
LAK
Jarret Stoll  Roughing against  Henrik Sedin
08:22
VAN
Henrik Sedin  Holding the stick against  Jarret Stoll
13:47
VAN
Christian Ehrhoff  Interference against  Brad Richardson
15:01
VAN
Sami Salo  Interference against  Alex Frolov
17:08
LAK
Jack Johnson  Holding against  Henrik Sedin
2nd Period
01:32
VAN
Ryan Kesler  Interference on goalkeeper against  Jonathan Quick
05:28
LAK
Randy Jones  Hooking against  Christian Ehrhoff
19:01
VAN
Alexandre Burrows  Boarding against  Drew Doughty
3rd Period
02:30
LAK
Sean O'Donnell  Interference against  Tanner Glass
16:31
VAN
Kyle Wellwood  Hooking against  Dustin Brown
18:16
LAK
Drew Doughty  Hooking against  Ryan Kesler
goalie stats
Jonathan Quick
Jonathan Quick
19-10-3
SA: 28TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .893SH: 1 - 1
Roberto Luongo
SA: 25TOI: 59:50
Saves: 24EV: 17 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .960SH: 0 - 0