NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Vancouver
(Friday, October 19th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 4, Vancouver 2
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Jack Johnson scored his first career goal and Mike Cammalleri scored his league-leading eighth, as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Vancouver Canucks, 4-2, for their first road win of the season.
Los Angeles, which had lost its first three road games of the year, avoided dropping four straight road games to start a season for the first time since the since 1969-70 season.
Jason LaBarbera made 26 saves for the Kings, who also ended an eight-game road losing streak that dated back to last season.
"It was exciting for me. This is my hometown," said LaBarbera, who was born in Burnaby, British Columbia. "I grew up here as a kid so I have a lot of friends and family. It was pretty cool."
Matt Cooke and Mattias Ohlund scored while Roberto Luongo yielded three goals on just 16 shots for the Canucks, who fell to 1-4-0 at home this season.
Cooke's first tally of the season with just under eight minutes left in the opening period put Vancouver in front, but the Kings answered with three goals in the second period in a span of just under seven minutes.
Just over three minutes into the second period, Kyle Calder and Johnson worked a nice 2-on-1, with Johnson slipping the puck past Luongo to even the score.
Then, 5:41 into the period, Anze Kopitar, from the right circle, found Cammalleri in front. Luongo made the initial stop, but Cammalleri kept at it and eventually pushed the puck past the Vancouver netminder for the power play goal to give LA the lead.
Just over two minutes later, Ladislav Nagy threw the puck across ice to Lubomir Visnovsky, and he found Alexander Frolov in front for a tip-in goal.
Vancouver finally came alive late in the third period to pull within a goal. Ryan Kesler, streaking along the right boards, found Ohlund in the slot and his wrister beat LaBarbera top shelf with 5:47 remaining in the game.
"Ten minutes kills you, in this league you've got to play a full 60 minutes," Kesler said. "That team was ripe for the picking tonight. We jumped on them early, we had the momentum, with them playing last night, and we had a lot of momentum going into the second. But we came out flat, I don't know what we thought, but we didn't have a good second period and it killed us."
The Canucks kept the pressure on LA, pulling Luongo for the extra attacker. LaBarbera, however, came up with several key saves to keep Vancouver off the scoreboard.
Then, with time running out, Dustin Brown wrestled the puck away from two Canucks and broke free for the Vancouver zone. Markus Naslund took Brown down from behind with his stick, and Brown was awarded a goal with 21.7 seconds left.
Vancouver will begin a four-game road trip Sunday in Columbus...The Canucks had won the previous three meetings with Los Angeles...Vancouver outshot LA 13-2 in the final period.
10/20 02:42:22 ET