Vancouver at Los Angeles

Stoll scores twice on power play as Kings win third straight

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LOS ANGELES -- A three-game winning streak has kept the Los Angeles Kings solidly in the hunt for their first playoff berth since 2002.

Jarret Stoll scored twice during power plays and Teddy Purcell had two assists, leading the surging Kings to a 3-2 victory against Vancouver on Monday night. They are only three points out of a playoff spot with 16 games remaining.

"At this point of the season, it doesn't matter how we win games -- as long as we're winning them," captain Dustin Brown said. "We've got to keep this momentum going and scrape and claw for everything we get. We're on the outside looking in. And with the way the schedule is, teams are flip-flopping left and right, night after night.

"It's about digging in and finding a way to win. And in these three home games, we found a way. We've had really good goaltending and good power plays. Now we need to take this momentum on the road, and we really can't be worrying about what other teams are doing."

Defenseman Denis Gauthier also scored and Jonathan Quick made 20 saves, helping end Vancouver's four-game winning streak and handing the Canucks only their third loss in 15 games. Los Angeles has scored at least one power-play goal in 19 of its past 22 games, and two or more in seven of those contests.

"We did a good job of checking, and we were all over the puck," Stoll said. "There weren't too many odd-man rushes by them, and we locked it down pretty good defensively. We've just got to worry about our game and do the things we need to do to be successful and win games. And we did that tonight."

Alexandre Burrows and Taylor Pyatt scored Vancouver's goals. Roberto Luongo allowed more than two goals for the first time in his past eight starts, stopping 19 shots.

Luongo had won 12 of his previous 13 after losing his first five games following his return from a groin injury that sidelined him for 24 games. He came in 4-0 with a 1.25 goals-against average against the Kings in Los Angeles, including a 4-0 victory in the previous meeting.

"They're desperate, and we knew that coming in," said Luongo, who was coming off a 3-1 home victory against San Jose. "After the big game on Saturday, we got caught a little flat-footed."

After falling behind 2-0 in the first period, the Canucks received a huge break that briefly got them back in the game. Daniel Sedin made a breakout pass to Burrows, who stickhandled through the neutral zone and took a slap slot from the blue line. It went through the legs of defenseman Jack Johnson and dipped under Quick's glove.

"I wasn't surprised by the shot at all," Quick said. "Granted, he was out pretty far, but it was a pretty good shot. It was through Jack's legs and I just never picked it up. I mean, I'm not letting myself off the hook -- I still should have had it. But the guys just kept playing and didn't let it bother them."

Stoll regained the Kings' two-goal margin later in the second period with his second of the game and 18th this season. Luongo stopped a 25-foot wrist shot by Purcell, but Canucks defenseman Mattias Ohlund couldn't find the bouncing puck at his feet. Stoll converted the rebound only 10 seconds after Mats Sundin was penalized for interference.

Stoll's multigoal game was the seventh of his career and his first since Oct. 25 at Nashville. He has four more goals than last season with Edmonton, and is four shy of his career high. The Kings acquired him and defenseman Matt Greene from the Oilers last June.

"Everyone knew what Jarret was about coming into the season, and he's given us a big boost," Brown said. "He's an energy guy with a lot of skill and he has the ability to finish when we need him to. He's found that little spot on the ice on the power play. I don't know how many goals he has from that spot, but coming down the back side, he has quite a few goals."

Pyatt sliced Vancouver's deficit to 3-2 with 14:34 left in the game, scoring his eighth from short range after some sloppy play by the Kings in front of their net.

Los Angeles scored on its first shot on goal, Gauthier getting his second of the season and first in 33 career games against Vancouver. Anze Kopitar won a faceoff deep in the zone and Gauthier played the puck off the right boards before sending a 40-foot wrist shot past Luongo's glove.

The Kings made it 2-0 while Willie Mitchell was off for hooking. Purcell, who drew the penalty, got the puck from Alexander Frolov along the goal line to the left of the net and set up Stoll's short one-timer with a thread-the-needle pass through the crease.

Notes

  • Burrows has 19 goals, only three fewer than he had in 206 games during his three previous NHL seasons.
  • When the Canucks signed nine-time All-Star free agent Sundin on Dec. 18, they were tied for the Northwest Division lead with Calgary. They now trail the Flames by eight points. But they are fifth in the Western Conference.
  • Thirteen of the Canucks players had their mothers accompany the team on its chartered flight for the two-game trip to Southern California.
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Teammates surround Jarret Stoll (second to right) after he scores the first of his two goals.  (AP)
Teammates surround Jarret Stoll (second to right) after he scores the first of his two goals. (AP)

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Scoreboard
Vancouver (34-23-8)0112
Los Angeles  (29-28-9) «2103
Three Stars
J. Stoll
LA


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
T. Purcell
LA


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
K. Bieksa
VAN


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 0
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
03:35Denis Gauthier (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Kopitar
12:17Power Play - Jarret Stoll (17), Slap Shot. Assist: Purcell, Frolov
2ND PERIOD
04:40Alexandre Burrows (19), Slap Shot. Assist: Sedin
12:51Power Play - Jarret Stoll (18), Wrist Shot. Assist: Purcell, Quincey
3RD PERIOD
05:26Taylor Pyatt (8), Wrist Shot. Assist: Johnson, Salo
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
05:51Gauthier, 2 min, Holding
06:57Edler, 2 min, Slashing
11:29Mitchell, 2 min, Holding
14:41Hordichuk, 5 min, Fighting
14:41Westgarth, 5 min, Fighting
2ND PERIOD
16.0Ohlund, 2 min, High-Sticking
05:01Westgarth, 2 min, Slashing
09:04Wellwood, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
12:41Sundin, 2 min, Interference
14:12Bieksa, 2 min, Tripping
18:09Gauthier, 2 min, Holding
3RD PERIOD
09:46Handzus, 2 min, Holding
Shots On Goal
 123T
Vancouver751022
Los Angeles811322
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Roberto Luongo58:39193
Jonathan Quick59:58202
Game Information
Attendance - 16995
Referees - Dennis LaRue, Justin St. Pierre
Linesmen - Shane Heyer, Brian Mach
 
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Ott 2
NYR 0 Final
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