NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Vancouver
(Monday, December 14th)
Final Score: Vancouver 3, Los Angeles 1
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Sami Salo scored the eventual game-winner late in the first period, as the Vancouver Canucks took down the Los Angeles Kings, 3-1, at General Motors Place.
Ryan Kesler and Mason Raymond each had a goal and an assist for the Canucks, who have won the first three contests of an eight-game homestand. Roberto Luongo made 24 saves for the victors.
"We can't be too happy yet. We are still out of the playoffs and some teams behind us are trying to catch us. We just have to forget about tonight and start thinking about the next game," Salo said.
Alexander Frolov scored his second goal in two nights for the Kings, who had a four-game win streak snapped. Jonathan Quick, who was named the NHL's First Star on Monday, turned aside 25-of-28 shots in defeat. Los Angeles had an eight-game point streak coming in.
"They have a good defensive system and they hold you to not as many scoring chances as you would like. So you have to take advantage of those opportunities when you can," Quick said of the Canucks.
The Canucks drew first blood just 1:04 into the first period. Raymond fired a shot on goal that was deflected by Mikael Samuelsson. Kesler was there to tip- in the rebound.
Salo's power-play score with 2:45 remaining made it a 2-0 game. Salo, who was positioned between the circles, took a pass from Daniel Sedin and fired a shot into the upper right corner of the net.
Los Angeles cut the gap to one when Frolov scored with 16.2 seconds to go. Randy Jones' shot from the point was stopped by Luongo, but Frolov was there to knock home the rebound.
Quick made 10 saves in a scoreless second, while Luongo stopped five shots.
Raymond slid a backhander past Quick with 5:12 left in the third to put Vancouver ahead 3-1.
Luongo made eight saves in the final 20 minutes to preserve the victory.
Vancouver leads the season series with Los Angeles, 3-0. The Canucks have won the last five meetings between the clubs...The Kings recalled forward Corey Elkins from Manchester (AHL)...The Canucks recalled defenseman Aaron Rome from Manitoba (AHL)...The Kings were without forward Wayne Simmonds, who suffered a knee injury last Thursday versus Phoenix. Simmonds was scheduled to undergo surgery on Monday...Sedin extended his point streak to seven games.
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