NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Vancouver
(Wednesday, March 24th)
Final Score: Vancouver 1, Los Angeles 0
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Matt Cooke scored midway through the first period and Dan Cloutier earned his fifth shutout of the season to lead Vancouver to a 1-0 win over Los Angeles at General Motors Place.
Cloutier faced just 15 shots to post his 15th career shutout for the Canucks, who snapped a three-game losing streak and a five-game winless string (0-3-1-1) overall. Vancouver also ended a five-game winless streak at home (0-3-2). It remains in fifth place in the Western Conference standings -- two points behind Dallas. The Stars beat Edmonton in overtime.
"It was not the prettiest game we've played," Vancouver forward Markus Naslund said. "But I think we played very disciplined. The two points were very important."
Cristobal Huet stopped 26 shots for the Kings, who have lost five straight and six of their last seven overall.
Cooke's ninth goal midway through the first period put the Canucks ahead 1-0. Positioned in the slot, he tipped in a pass in front of the crease from Marek Malik at 9:19 of the first
Vancouver dictated play in the first, holding a 13-4 shot advantage.
The Canucks dominated a scoreless second period, as well. They fired 12 shots at Huet, while Cloutier faced four shots in each of the initial two periods.
"I'm not surprised by [Vancouver's] work ethic," Kings head coach Andy Murray said. "We knew that they would start real hard. They've had two real good days of practice to get ready for us. We just didn't match their intensity level."
Midway through the third period, Vancouver's Geoff Sanderson hit the left post on a wrist shot from the left faceoff circle.
The Kings outshot Vancouver 7-2 in the final 20 minutes, but couldn't force overtime.
Cloutier made seven saves in the third, including two crucial stops. He turned away a low shot by Anson Carter early in the period, then blocked a one-timer by Luc Robitaille from the edge of the left circle with 45 seconds to go.
Markus Naslund added an assist for the Canucks, who improved to 2-3-2-1 since Todd Bertuzzi was suspended for the season after his attack on Colorado's Steve Moore on March 8...Vancouver is unbeaten in its last four over the Kings (3-0-1).
03/25 02:00:00 ET