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Los Angeles at Vancouver

Kings knock off top-seeded Canucks, return home with 2-0 series lead

CBSSports.com wire reports

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Dustin Brown tied an NHL playoff record with two short-handed goals, Jonathan Quick made 46 saves and the Los Angeles Kings beat the top-seeded Vancouver Canucks 4-2 on Friday night to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round series.

Brown had the two-goal game two nights after capping the Kings' 4-2 Game 1 victory with an empty-net goal. He entered the season with three goals in 13 career playoff games.

Brown opened the scoring with 9 seconds left in the first period, and gave the Kings a 2-1 lead at 5:17 of the second.

Jarret Stoll added a power-play goal at 8:30 of the third, a goal originally credited to Brown. Trevor Lewis made it 4-1 with 5:09 left.

Brown became the 13th player to score two short-handed goals in a playoff game. John Madden was the last previous player to accomplish the feat, doing it for New Jersey against the New York Rangers in 2006.

Quick made 22 saves in the third period, allowing only Samuel Pahlsson's goal with 3:38 to play. Jannik Hansen also scored for Vancouver, the Presidents' Trophy winner as the NHL regular-season points leader.

Game 3 is Sunday night in Los Angeles.

The game got off to another raucous start when Vancouver's Alex Burrows jabbed at the puck while it was under Quick's glove 30 seconds in. After the whistle, Quick got up and threw the puck at Burrows.

Brown gave the Kings the lead in the final seconds of the period. Anze Kopitar intercepted Alex Edler's drop pass in the Vancouver end, cut in front of the net and tried to deke Roberto Luongo, but the goalie kicked the puck out and got caught up in a pile of Vancouver players. Brown promptly shot the puck into the vacant net with former Canucks forward Willie Mitchell off for holding.

Hansen tied it 17 seconds into the second period, deflecting Henrik Sedin's wrist shot past Quick.

However, with Mitchell in the box again for holding, Brown scored on a short-handed breakaway 5 minutes later. The breakaway came after Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis fell while trying to field a back pass from partner Kevin Bieksa at the Los Angeles blue line.

In the third, Stoll jammed the puck in from close range during a power play, and Lewis scored on a wraparound.

Pahlsson completed the scoring.


Canucks defenseman Keith Ballard, playing his first game since sustaining a concussion in early February, assisted on Pahlsson's goal. Ballard missed 30 games. ... Vancouver forward Byron Bitz served the first game of a two-game suspension for a hit to the head on Kyle Clifford in Game 1. Andrew Ebbett took Bitz's spot in the lineup. ... Clifford sat out because of an undisclosed upper-body injury. Andrei Loktionov took his place in the lineup.

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Alec Martinez (left) congratulates Dustin Brown, who ties an NHL playoff record with two short-handed goals. (US Presswire)
Alec Martinez (left) congratulates Dustin Brown, who ties an NHL playoff record with two short-handed goals. (US Presswire)
Los Angeles  (2-0) «1124
Vancouver (0-2)0112
Three Stars
D. Brown

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
R. Kesler

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 0
J. Quick

Saves: 46
Save Pct.: .958

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Scoring Summary
19:51Short - Dustin Brown (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Kopitar
17.0 - Jannik Hansen (1), Backhand Shot. Assist: Sedin
05:17Short - Dustin Brown (3), Slap Shot, Unassisted.
08:30Power Play - Jarret Stoll (1), Tip-In. Assist: Williams, Brown
14:51 - Trevor Lewis (1), Wrap Shot. Assist: Penner
16:22 - Samuel Pahlsson (1), Backhand Shot. Assist: , Raymond
Penalty Summary
08:34Bieksa, 2 min, Interference
13:01Martinez, 2 min, Holding
17:54Mitchell, 2 min, Holding
04:59Mitchell, 2 min, Holding
11:10Williams, 2 min, Tripping
07:03, 2 min, Cross-Checking
10:05Kesler, 2 min, Roughing
12:42Brown, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
12:42Doughty, 2 min, Roughing
12:42Burrows, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
12:42Hansen, 4 min, Roughing
12:42Hansen, 10 min, Misconduct
15:14Lapierre, 10 min, Misconduct
18:16Scuderi, 2 min, Cross-Checking
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