-- Mikael Samuelsson
didn't grab the headlines during the offseason when he signed a free-agent contract with the Canucks. But on Thursday night against the Kings, the 33-year-old showed exactly why he was brought to Vancouver.
He scored two goals -- including the game-winner 8:52 into overtime -- to lift the Canucks to a 3-2 win in Game 1 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series with the Kings.
After the game, Samuelsson talked to the media about his game-winning goal and about the unbelievable save by goaltender Roberto Luongo
that allowed him to be the hero.
Describe the game-winning goal.
) had been out there quite some time. I just jumped on the ice and tried to stay high. I picked my spot. Obviously he has great vision; everyone knows that.
Q: Jonathan Quick
made a couple of great saves on you early. Were you starting to think it wasn't going to be your night early on?
I expect a good goalie. I know he's a good goalie. I stayed with it, and said hopefully I'll score on the next chance.
What about your playoff experience? Does that help you out in this type of situation?
If you've been around, you know what to expect. That's what experience is. You stay calm because you know what to expect. You're well-prepared. That's what experience is.
What did you think of the save by Luongo?
I was really close to that -- almost too close. It was a great save where he never quit, he never gave up on that play. Obviously we created other chances later and we put it away.
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