You want to know what happened in the Canucks game and you want to know now. We get it. Here’s the bare bones recap of Vancouver’s 8-3 loss in Los Angeles.
…the Kings, already leading 3-0, scored back-to-back power play goals before the midway point of the second period to take a 5-0 in a 8-3 win over the Canucks.
No April foolin’ around for Los Angeles as the Kings were on the board with their first shot on goal, four shots later and the home side led 2-0. Vancouver ended the opening period down 3-0 with goals against on three of seven shots.
Two LA power play goals had this game in the books with 30 minutes to play; give the Canucks credit, they didn’t take the thumping lightly with a pair of goals 39 seconds apart with under eight minutes to play to make the thrown a little uncomfortable for the Kings.
Kyle Wellwood and Ryan Kesler were the Vancouver goal scorers.
Early in the final period the Kings puts the Canucks comeback attempt to rest as Dustin Brown completed his second career hat trick.
Wellwood's second goal cut the LA lead to 6-3, but another two Kings goals made this an 8-3 final.
The Canucks fail to win consecutive games for the first time since March 14, losing their fourth straight on the road and they fail to clinch a playoff spot needing only one to lockdown an invite to the dance.
With Daniel Sedin already out of the line-up, the Canucks lost Alex Burrows in the first period after a Jarret Stoll slap shot hit the forward in the throat.
Between Daniel and Burrows, 59 goals and 140 points were ripped from Vancouver’s offence; Kyle Wellwood did what he could to try and fill the void.
The on-again off-again forward, who has been playing his best hockey since the Olympic break, had two goals in the loss, his 12th and 13th of the season. Wellwood opened the scoring on a one-timer from the side of the goal off a soft pass from Pavol Demitra before tipping in a Michael Grabner shot for Vancouver’s third goal.
Wellwood, Demitra and Alex Edler each had a multi-point game.
Much like earlier in the season, without brother Daniel on the ice, Henrik continued to contribute.
Henrik, skating alongside Alex Burrows and Mason Raymond, picked up his league-leading 76th assist and 105th point on Vancouver’s second goal, a Ryan Kesler snap shot from the left faceoff circle.
Alex Ovechkin was also in action Thursday evening, he had one assist, which was matched by Henrik, to keep the Canucks assistant captain three points up on the Russian sniper for the overall points lead.
Eight goals for is a season-high for the Kings, eight goals against is a season-high against for the Canucks.
Only once all season had Vancouver given up more than six goals (Oct. 30 vs. Anaheim); the last time the Canucks were had eight times was on October 10, 2007 in a 8-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.
Although it might have felt like it, this wasn’t the worst loss to the Kings in franchise history. That remains a 12-1 punishment handed to the Canucks on November 11, 1997.
Alex Burrows on taking a slap shot to the throat in the first period:
”I had a tough time breathing right off the bat and obviously it was painful for a bit and you can’t really swallow, so instead of staying on the ice, I’d rather get off and see the trainers and get some medical treatment right away.
”We’ll see how it goes tonight and how it feels in the morning and if I feel good, I’ll be good to go.”
The Canucks can sweep this effort under the rug with a solid outing Friday in Anaheim.
Vancouver and Anaheim have squared off three times this season with the Ducks ahead 2-1-0 in the season series. With the Canucks wanting to erase the memory of this loss and the Ducks playing for pride, this game could come down to the wire.