Canucks ride 1st-period flurry to 3-2 win over LA
LOS ANGELES—Sami Salo and Andrew Ebbett scored power-play goals in the opening minutes, and Roberto Luongo made 28 saves in the Vancouver Canucks' 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.
Aaron Rome also scored in the first period of the defending Western Conference champion Canucks' fifth stop on a six-game road trip that ends Friday night in Anaheim. Vancouver has won eight of its last 11 regular-season meetings with the Kings, also knocking them out of the 2010 playoffs.
Drew Doughty scored and Jonathan Quick stopped 29 shots for Los Angeles, which couldn't climb out of its early hole after penalties to Trevor Lewis and Doughty.
Mike Richards scored while Quick was pulled for an extra attacker with 1:10 to play, but Vancouver held on.
The Kings are in a 2-5-2 skid -- including just one win in their last seven -- after a 5-1-1 start.
The Kings are still struggling to score consistently after adding Richards and Simon Gagne in the offseason. Los Angeles has managed more than two goals in just two of its last 11 games, with no goals all season from Dustin Penner and a seven-game goal drought for captain Dustin Brown among their many offensive woes.
The Canucks haven't scored much at even strength during their trip, but their potent power play was too much for another opponent even in the absence of Alex Burrows, who missed his second straight game with back spasms.
After scoring five power-play goals in a win at Chicago four days ago, the Canucks got a five-minute power play early in the first period when Lewis' elbowing penalty left Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa spitting blood onto the ice. Doughty then committed a foolish cross-checking penalty 2 1/2 minutes later, and Vancouver capitalized twice.
The Kings killed 76 seconds of 5-on-3 disadvantage before Salo rifled a slap shot over Quick's stick shoulder. Ebbett then got credit for his first goal of the season when his centering pass deflected off Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell's skate with 31 seconds left in Lewis' penalty.
Rome added a goal on another slap shot late in the first period, but Los Angeles trimmed the lead on a power-play goal midway through the second by Doughty, the Kings' $56 million defenseman. Doughty got off to a terrible start with a nine-game goal drought after holding out for his new contract, but the 21-year-old now has goals in consecutive games.
An apparent goal for Vancouver late in the second period was waved off when Jannik Hansen made contact with Quick in the crease, prompting a scuffle that sent three players to the penalty boxes.
NOTES: Rome has scored goals in back-to-back games for the first time in his career. ... Before the game, Los Angeles activated C Colin Fraser for his Kings debut. They acquired Fraser from Edmonton in late July after Ryan Smyth demanded a trade back to the Oilers, but Fraser hadn't fully recovered from a broken foot, sparking a bitter dispute between GMs Dean Lombardi and Steve Tambellini. Fraser won the Stanley Cup with Chicago in 2010. ... Los Angeles didn't manage its first shot until 10 minutes into the first period.