NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Los Angeles
(Monday, December 10th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 4, Vancouver 2
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Dustin Brown and Derek Armstrong each had a goal and an assist as the Los Angeles Kings doubled up the Vancouver Canucks, 4-2, at the Staples Center.
Anze Kopitar and Brad Stuart also scored and Lubomir Visnovsky had a pair of assists for the Kings, who wrapped up a three-game homestand on a winning note and will now hit the road for brief two-game swing that will take them to Chicago and Dallas.
"It was a real team effort tonight," said Kings head coach Marc Crawford. "I thought we got a terrific effort from our defensive core. We had an effort from everybody and we scored a big 5-on-3 goal to fortify the win."
Jean-Sebastien Aubin stopped 26-of-28 shots as the Kings won for just the second time in the month of December.
Taylor Pyatt had a goal and an assist, Alex Edler also tallied, and Curtis Sanford made 27 saves as the Canucks dropped their second straight game. The club, which opened a four-game road trip, will also play in Anaheim, San Jose and Edmonton.
Sanford was a late start because Roberto Luongo was injured during pregame warmups.
"It's a little tougher to get in there last minute," said Sanford. "You always prepare yourself to play whether you're playing or backing up. I know I was prepared to get in there and it was nice to get the start tonight. I work hard in practice to be prepared for situations like this."
The Kings jumped in front just 3:22 into the contest, as Stuart sent a shot through traffic from the point that beat a screened Sanford on the far side. The netminder got a piece of it, but the puck somehow trickled over the goal line to make it 1-0.
The Canucks answered with a power-play tally at 7:34, as Markus Naslund's pass to Brendan Morrison deflected off the post and caromed in front. Pyatt then found the lose puck in the slot and managed to wrist it past Aubin.
Los Angeles got the go-ahead marker less than two minutes later, as Kopitar ended a 3-on-2 rush by roofing the puck top shelf past Sanford.
Armstrong made it 3-1 just shy of five minutes into the second period, battling in front with Morrison before tapping the puck over the goal line.
Brown took a perfect pass from Armstrong and muscled it by Sanford on a 5-on-3 power play at 11:41 of the third, while Vancouver also lit the lamp on the man-advantage when Edler banked the puck off Aubin with 2:30 left in the contest.
Kopitar extended his point streak to seven games (five goals, six assists)...The Kings are 8-9-1 at home this season...The Canucks fell to 9-5-1 on the road...LA went 1-for-5 on the power play, while Vancouver converted on two of its five chances.
12/11 01:48:15 ET