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Canucks deny Kings of NHL lead

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

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Canucks deny Kings of NHL lead
Los Angeles Kings 1, Vancouver Canucks 3
All that stood between the Los Angeles Kings and first place in the NHL standings on Monday night was the Vancouver Canucks.
    
The Canucks, however, had a message for Terry Murray's club: not here, not now.

Ryan Kesler scored once and set up the insurance goal and Roberto Luongo made 24 saves as the Canucks skated away with a 3-1 victory at GM Place. It was Vancouver's third straight win as it moved into an eighth-place tie with the Dallas Stars in the Western Conference.

Sami Salo and Mason Raymond also scored for the Canucks, who denied the Kings a chance to notch points in nine consecutive games for the first time since 1980.

"We made high-percentage plays," Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said. "We waited until they made a few mistakes that we could jump on and extend our lead."

Alexander Frolov scored the lone goal for Los Angeles, which went 0-for-5 on the power play in the first of a four-game road trip. Despite the loss, the Kings (21-11-3) retained a share of first place in the Western Conference with the idle Sharks.

"You cannot play against good hockey clubs without intensity," L.A. coach Terry Murray said.

Kesler opened the scoring on Vancouver's first shot just 1:04 into the game, as he collected a rebound in front and poked it past Jonathan Quick for his eighth goal of the season and second in three games after going 14 straight without a tally.

The Canucks came up big late in the first period, when the Kings were awarded a two-man advantage. Moments after Luongo kicked aside a Drew Doughty slap shot, Kesler denied the Kings' defenseman himself with a diving effort on another blast by the latter.

"They have a good defensive system and they hold you to not as many scoring chances as you would like," said Quick, who made 25 saves. "You have to take advantage of those opportunities when you can."

Salo gave the Canucks a 2-0 lead via the power play at 17:15 of the first with help from both Daniel and Henrik Sedin, who both extended their point streaks to seven games.

"We can't be too happy yet," Salo said. "We are still out of the playoffs and some teams behind us are trying to catch us. We just have to forget about tonight and start thinking about the next game."

Frolov cut the deficit in half with just 17 seconds left in the first after Luongo couldn't control a rebound. But the Kings failed to notch the equalizer, and Raymond put the game away when he beat Quick at 14:48 of the third, which required a nifty move around defenseman Matt Greene. It was his 12th goal of the season.

"We didn't quit for 60 minutes," Kesler said. "We continued to come at them and won an important hockey game."

Material from wire services was used in this report.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:04
VAN
Ryan Kesler (8) ASST: Mikael Samuelsson (12), Mason Raymond (10)
1 - 0 VAN
17:15
VAN
PPG - Sami Salo (2) ASST: Daniel Sedin (12), Henrik Sedin (28)
2 - 0 VAN
19:43
LAK
Alex Frolov (9) ASST: Randy Jones (8), Anze Kopitar (22)
2 - 1 VAN
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
14:48
VAN
Mason Raymond (12) ASST: Ryan Kesler (21), Shane O'Brien (2)
3 - 1 VAN
penalty summary
1st Period
02:38
LAK
Randy Jones  Hooking against  Mason Raymond
08:22
LAK
Jarret Stoll  Roughing against  Henrik Sedin
08:22
VAN
Henrik Sedin  Holding the stick against  Jarret Stoll
13:47
VAN
Christian Ehrhoff  Interference against  Brad Richardson
15:01
VAN
Sami Salo  Interference against  Alex Frolov
17:08
LAK
Jack Johnson  Holding against  Henrik Sedin
2nd Period
01:32
VAN
Ryan Kesler  Interference on goalkeeper against  Jonathan Quick
05:28
LAK
Randy Jones  Hooking against  Christian Ehrhoff
19:01
VAN
Alexandre Burrows  Boarding against  Drew Doughty
3rd Period
02:30
LAK
Sean O'Donnell  Interference against  Tanner Glass
16:31
VAN
Kyle Wellwood  Hooking against  Dustin Brown
18:16
LAK
Drew Doughty  Hooking against  Ryan Kesler
goalie stats
Jonathan Quick
SA: 28TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .893SH: 1 - 1
Roberto Luongo
SA: 25TOI: 59:50
Saves: 24EV: 17 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .960SH: 0 - 0