NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Vancouver
(Friday, January 26th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 3, Vancouver 2 (OT)
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Alexander Frolov tallied a pair of goals, including the game-winner in overtime, as the Los Angeles Kings snuck past the Vancouver Canucks, 3-2, giving head coach Marc Crawford a win in his return to General Motors Place.
Crawford, in his first season behind the Los Angeles bench, stands as the all- time leader in regular season wins for Vancouver with 246. He was hired by the Canucks in January of 1999, compiling a 246-197-94 record in 529 regular season games over seven seasons, while logging four playoff appearances.
Kings defenseman Kevin Dallman took the initial shot on goal, as Roberto Luongo stretched out to make the pad save before leaving the rebound in front of the crease. Frolov charged toward the net unimpeded, where he snapped home the rebound at 1:48.
Patrick O'Sullivan also tallied for the Kings, who snapped a seven-game slide, with their last win coming on December 6 against the Detroit Red Wings. Sean Burke, who was claimed off waivers by the team on January 18, also posted his first career win while donning the purple and black sweater, turning aside 37 of 39 shots.
Burke, who will turn 40 in just a couple of days, had been in Springfield playing for Tampa Bay's American Hockey League affiliate, where he posted a 2-5 record with a 4.52 goals-against average. He was only claimed by the Kings following injuries to their top two goaltenders, starter Dan Cloutier and backup Mathieu Garon.
"There's a lot of talent in the National Hockey League," said Crawford. "When you get goaltending, it's a lot easier to play that way. Sean was really good for us tonight. And of course you guys have seen number one (Luongo) on the other side and he's been terrific. Again, he was one of their best players. Nobody got cheated tonight. They got a point and they're pleased about that. And we really needed a win to build some momentum."
Sami Salo and Trevor Linden scored for the Canucks, who are 10-1-2 since Christmas. Luongo finished with 40 saves.
"They were desperate on the other side and it was a home game," said Luongo. These are points that we need. It's not something we should be satisfied with, especially at home."
Vancouver also played without center Ryan Kesler, who is scheduled to undergo hip surgery Monday in Colorado and will miss the rest of the regular season. Kesler had six goals and 10 assists in 48 games this season, with most of those points coming as he anchored the third line.
The Kings opened the scoring with a couple of first period goals before Vancouver cut its deficit in half heading to the first intermission.
O'Sullivan got things started for Los Angeles, as he was the main benefactor of a Kevin Bieksa turnover deep in Vancouver territory. Anze Kopitar managed to corral the puck, feeding O'Sullivan at the top of the crease, where he beat Luongo with a wrist shot just 1:39 after the opening faceoff.
The Kings then built the 2-0 margin as Frolov sent a wrister toward the net, then swept his own rebound past a fallen Luongo at 12:26.
Vancouver needed less than two minutes to answer that score, as Taylor Pyatt dropped a pass off the boards for Lukas Krajicek, who quickly dished to Salo on the point. Salo then ripped a long slapshot, which ran up and caught Burke on the helmet before dropping behind him and over the goal line at 14:23.
The Canucks tied things up in the second period, as Bieska used fresh legs to charge up the ice and into the offensive zone. Linden, meanwhile, got the best of Kings left winger Dustin Brown, as he went around him, catching Bieska's slapshot on the blade of his stick and tipping it past Burke at 5:54.
Vancouver had a couple of huge chances in the third period, but couldn't find the back of the net. Bieksa's long slapshot, perhaps the Canucks' best hope in a battle for late-game heroics, kicked off Burke's skate with five seconds to play.
The Kings also snapped a five-game losing streak on the road...The Canucks are 15-10 on home ice...Los Angeles squandered five power play opportunities, while Vancouver went 0-for-2 on the man-advantage...Vancouver has been perfect on the penalty kill in 10 of their last 13 games, including the last five straight...This was Vancouver's first overtime loss of the season. They have fallen twice in the shootout.
01/27 01:48:20 ET