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Game 47: Coming up short

by Daniel Fung / Vancouver Canucks
The Canucks went into Monday's contest at the Staples Center looking to show that they were every bit as tough as the Kings. They proved that in every category except for the one that really mattered.

Dustin Brown, better known as public enemy number one by the Canucks after his role in injuring goaltender Roberto Luongo in the teams' last meeting back on January 4, scored the game's only goal to lift the Kings to a 1-0 victory over the Canucks.

The loss was the Canucks' six in their last seven outings and snapped the three-game point streak they had entering the contest.

Brown's goal, which came 24 seconds into the third period, was a deflating blow for a Canucks team that had clearly been the more dominant team through the first two periods and, arguably, the majority of the night.

The Canucks began the game looking motivated to score some payback on both Brown and the Kings, who have now beaten the Canucks in all four head-to-head meetings this season.

Vancouver took 41 minutes worth of penalties in the opening frame, handing the Kings five power plays in the process, but managed to kill off all of them and looked to be frustrating Los Angeles with their physical play.

The physicality would continue in the second period with Ryan Kesler dropping the gloves with his soon-to-be U.S. Olympic teammate Brown, and Kevin Bieksa tussling with Matt Greene.

The physical play would not translate into any goals for the boys in white and blue on this night, however, as the Canucks were turned aside by Jonathan Quick on all 28 of their shot attempts.

Eddie Lack made 19 saves on 20 shots in the loss.

The Canucks continue their road trip on Wednesday when they battle the Anaheim Ducks.

The Canucks and Kings both entered Monday's game having recorded 99 all-time regular season victories against the other. In the end, it was the Kings who cracked the century mark with their win. The Canucks are the first team they have recorded 100 victories against in their team history.

BAD BLOOD: The 69 penalty minutes assessed to the Canucks were a season-high for Vancouver, as was the 40 minutes assessed to the Kings for Los Angeles. The Kings have only cracked the 40-minute mark in penalty minutes one other time this season – that was against the Canucks back on November 25 at Rogers Arena.

RARE DONUT: Monday's contest marked the first time the Canucks have been shut out this season. They hadn't suffered a shutout defeat since March 30, 2013 of last season when they were blanked 4-0 on the road by the Oilers. Jonathan Quick became the first Kings' goaltender to pitch a shutout against the Canucks in nearly eight years. The last King to blank the Canucks was Mathieu Garon back on April 3, 2006 also at the Staples Center. The late Pavol Demitra scored the only goal that night for Los Angeles.

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