The Los Angeles Kings stole points from the Vancouver Canucks in very dramatic fashion Thursday night. The Kings scored two quick goals in less than a minute late in the final period and went on to win 3-2.
Veterans Justin Williams and Jarret Stoll both scored for the Kings in the third period and Dwight King also scored.
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This will be a very tough loss for the Canucks to swallow. Vancouver held the lead for most of the game and did a wonderful job frustrating the Kings top line. However, the one thing the Canucks have struggled with in recent games is getting outshot.
The game against the Kings was no different. The Kings peppered Canucks goalie Ryan Miller with shots all night long, outshooting the Canucks 40-16 by the end of the game. This was the main reason the Canucks lost this game. Despite the loss, there were some positives for the Canucks.
Positives and Negatives
Vancouver’s top line of Vrbata and the Sedin twins combined for four points in the game. Vrbata scored a goal and got an assist and the Sedins both tallied assists as well.
Alexandre Burrows scored a powerplay goal and the Canucks penalty kill units did a wonderful job. Defencemen Luca Sbisa and Chris Tanev blocked a combined eight shots. Canucks goalie Miller stopped did everything he could to hold off the Kings stopping 37 shots on the night.
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But in the end, a careless penalty taken by Ryan Stanton gave the Kings the goal they needed to shift the momentum of the game and steal the win.
Head Coach Willie Desjardins and his Canucks really need to find a way to limit their opponents scoring chances. The defencemen have proved that they can block shots but the Canucks need to limit their opponent’s time on the puck, get in the shooting lanes and put more pressure on their opponents.
If they don’t, this team will continue to get outshot and concede goals. Forwards like Henrik and Daniel Sedin do a wonderful job cycling and protecting the puck on the boards in the offensive zone. If they can find a way to do that in the defensive zone, it will take a lot of pressure off Miller.
The Canucks next game is against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.