Canucks Let One Get Away

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By Patrick Flynn

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(ISN) – Vancouver – Jarret Stoll scored the game winning goal with a minute and a half remaining in the game as the Kings beat the Canucks 3-2 for the first NHL victory in 2015.

Despite LA taking the early advantage in shots, the Canucks would get on the board first with a power play goal. Shortly after the midway mark in the first, Radim Vrbata took a wrist shot from just inside the blue line, Quick had a hard time handling the shot and Burrows who was standing in front, whacked in the rebound. Henrik Sedin on the goal, “there where two guys in front screening and Alex got the rebound”. The second half of the first period didn’t produce anywhere near as many scoring chances for either team as the first half did. At the end of one, LA had the advantage in shots at 16-8.

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After a very good penalty kill by Vancouver, Higgens got the puck in the corner, passed in front to Vrbata who took a quick shot over the blocker of Jonathan Quick and the Canucks took a 2-0 lead four minutes into the middle frame. After the Vancouver goal it was all Kings and they would get rewarded for it when Dwight King received the puck at the side of the net, shot on goal, then grabbed the rebound and shot it over the stretched out Miller. The kings strong play in the offensive and defensive zone showed on the shot clock at the end of the second with the Kings leading 30-10.

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The third period started out with really nothing happening and lot’s of neutral zone play. The game finally started to pick up again when Ryan Stanton was assessed a hooking penalty with four minutes remaining in the game. The Canucks looked like they were going to kill the penalty but in the final seconds of the man advantage, Williams shot from the face-off dot and just got it over Miller’s left shoulder. Tie game. Less then a minute later, the Kings would get it in deep where Pearson picked it up, sent it across the zone to Stoll, who decided to take a slap shot, this time from the opposite face-off dot that Williams scored from, and he too would beat Miller to give the Kings the lead. LA would hold on for the victory and move a point ahead of the Canucks in the Pacific Division standings.

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Ryan Miller stopped 37 of 40 shots in a losing effort for the home team and Jonathan Quick stopped 14 of the 16 shots he faced and I’m sure he would much rather take the win then the poor save percentage. The Canucks will stay put at Rogers Arena for, four more games with the next one coming on Saturday against the always powerful Detroit Red Wings. The Kings will now fly home to start a nice and long seven game home stand and will next play on Saturday also, when they take on the Predators.

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