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Kings drop Canucks in shootout

Jan 18, 2012 - 7:19 AM
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Mike Richards scored the game-winning goal in the third round of the shootout, sending the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena.

Richards picked up the puck at center ice and moved in on Canucks' goalie Roberto Luongo with speed before ripping a wrist shot over the goaltender's left shoulder to seal the extra point for the Kings, who bounced back from a 2-1 overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday.

Dustin Penner and Justin Williams scored in regulation, while Jonathan Quick made 31 saves in the victory for Los Angeles.

Daniel Sedin and David Booth found the back of the net for the Canucks, who have lost two straight games. Luongo stopped 39-of-41 shots in defeat for Vancouver.

Los Angeles struck first at 9:06 of the first period when Rob Scuderi, holding the puck at the right point, sent a cross-ice pass to Drew Doughty at the left point. Doughty fired a huge slap shot on net that was deflected past Luongo from in front by Penner to give the Kings the 1-0 advantage.

"We were not good in the first period, except for our goaltender," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said.

Vancouver answered with a power-play tally just 2:41 into the second period with some outstanding in-zone puck movement. Alexandre Burrows, positioned along the right wall, sent a pass to Alexander Edler, who turned and sent a pass to Sedin along the left wall. Sedin moved down to the left circle and fired a quick wrist shot that squeezed through the legs of Quick.

The Kings took a 2-1 lead at 15:14 of the second period when Willie Mitchell fired a big slap shot from the left point that was stopped by Luongo, but he left a huge rebound that came all the way out to Williams, who ripped a quick wrist shot into the net from the left circle.

"It's no secret that I've been kind of pressing a little bit, trying to get pucks in the net," Williams said. "I was happy to get a rebound to go in on that one and help the team, especially on the power play."

Vancouver came up with a tying goal five minutes into the third period with some excellent cycling and puck movement in the offensive zone. Jannik Hansen rotated out from behind the net and held the puck in the left corner before spotting Booth wide open to the right of the net. Hansen then sent a slick cross-ice pass through the legs of Kings' defenseman Slava Voynov and through sticks in front right to the tape of Booth, who chipped it home from in front.

Game Notes

Williams and Anze Kopitar both extended their point-scoring streaks to five consecutive games...Tuesday marked the 384th consecutive sellout for the Canucks...The Kings improved to 4-5 in shootouts this season, while Vancouver fell to 2-4 in the shootout...The Kings finished 1-for-2 on the power play, while the Canucks went 1-for-4 with the man advantage...Vancouver will host the San Jose Sharks on Saturday, while the Kings will play the Calgary Flames on Thursday.