NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Los Angeles
(Monday, April 3rd)
Final Score: Los Angeles 1, Vancouver 0
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Mathieu Garon pitched his second straight shutout, stopping all 23 shots he faced to lead the Los Angeles Kings to an important 1-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks at the Staples Center.
Pavol Demitra scored the lone goal of the contest and Joseph Corvo picked up the primary assist for the Kings, who along with San Jose are just two points behind the Canucks for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. They will face the Sharks twice down the stretch.
Alexander Auld made 36 saves in defeat for Vancouver, which has lost three straight and slipped from seventh to eighth in the conference standings behind Edmonton.
Demitra finally broke a scoreless stalemate with 6:47 remaining in the second period to put the Kings out in front for good. With LA skating on the power play, Demitra got the puck at the point and released a shot that made it through a screen in front before trickling between Auld's legs and just over the goal line.
Demitra missed LA's last game with a concussion, but was determined to be back in the lineup on Monday.
"I found out this morning I was going to play. I told the doctor I wanted to play. This was a huge game," Demitra said.
Los Angeles outshot Vancouver 19-5 in the second period, but managed just the one goal.
That would be enough, though, as Garon and the Kings' defense kept the Canucks off the board for the duration of the game.
Anson Carter tried to tie it up with about three minutes left, as he flicked a wrister on net from the right circle and tried to pounce on his own rebound. Garon quickly gobbled up the loose puck, however, to diffuse the scoring chance.
Vancouver pulled its netminder moments later and generated a little action in LA's zone, but could not net the equalizer.
"We're playing smart," Garon said. "Right now, everyone is playing well. We're playing good defensively, which makes it easier."
This was the first time in Kings' history that they have posted back-to-back 1-0 shutouts...Garon now has four shutouts on the seasons and eight for his career...The Canucks are just 17-20-2 as the visitors this year.
04/04 01:28:54 ET