Kings rally to beat Canucks
LOS ANGELES—The L.A. Kings were a minute away from another disheartening post-Stanley Cup loss until Slava Voynov and Jeff Carter finally got a couple of pucks past Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo.
Carter scored L.A.’s first power-play goal of the season, then added the only score in the shootout to lead the Kings to a 3-2 comeback victory over the Canucks last night.
Jonathan Quick stopped 21 shots for the Kings, including all three Vancouver attempts in the shootout.
“Any time you get two points, you get a little boost of confidence, but it’s only good for tonight,” Quick noted.
“It’s a playoff race right now and every point is huge,” he stressed.
Until Voynov sneaked a long shot through traffic, the Kings were on the verge of adding another loss to their slow start since winning their franchise’s first title.
L.A.’s impressive finish recalled several big wins in last season’s playoffs, including a couple against the Canucks in their stunning first-round series.
“We’re still not the way we were in June last year but we’re getting there,” said Anze Kopitar, who had an assist on Voynov’s goal.
“It’s definitely a step in the right direction.
“We still have to work on things, and everyone in here thinks we can crank it up a notch,” he added.
“We just want to make sure we build on this win and roll ahead.”
Luongo made 26 saves for Vancouver, which went 1-1-1 on a three-game California road trip.
Zack Kassian scored his fourth goal of the season, and Alex Burrows also scored a slick wraparound goal as the Canucks nearly persevered to a grinding victory in their fourth game in six nights before narrowly allowing Voynov’s goal, which eventually cost them a point.
“We emptied the tank,” said Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault. “Our guys did what they had to do to have a chance against the Stanley Cup champions.
“When you get the type of effort like we did tonight, you feel like you should win,” he admitted. “Losing is not fun, but at the end of the day, some of our guys took a step in the right direction. . . .
“The puck had eyes [on Voynov’s goal] because we were in the right areas, the right place,” Vigneault noted.
Elsewhere in the NHL, Edmonton beat Colorado 4-1, Boston downed Carolina 5-3, Columbus nipped Dallas 2-1, and Nashville blanked Phoenix 4-0.