Skip to main content
The Official Site of the LA Kings

Kings News

Kings, Canucks have postseason history

by Andrew Howard / Los Angeles Kings
Gary Shuchuk's goal 6:31 into OT in Game No. 5 of the 1993 Smyth Division Finals is one of the Kings-Canucks playoff highlights.

With the Kings and Canucks meeting in the first round of the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs, takes a look back at the three previous meetings in which the Kings posted a 2-1 mark.

The Kings, riding high after upsetting the Oilers in the first round in 1982 on the strength of the famed Miracle on Manchester game, were defeated in five games, winning just one game in the series, 3-2 in Game No. 2 on Steve Bozek's winner in OT. The Kings were out-scored in the series, 19-14, as the red-hot Canucks would advance to the Stanley Cup finals and lose to the Islanders.

Nine years later, the two teams would meet again in the 1991 Smythe Division Finals with LA advancing in six games. LA, a heavy favorite in the series, lost Game 1 of the series in a wild 6-5 contest and trailed 2 games to 1 before rallying for three straight wins. Two games went to overtime, but LA still managed to outscore the Canucks, 26-16.

Finally, the two teams met in the Kings run to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1993, with Los Angeles again dispatching the Canucks in six games, 4-2 in the Smythe Division Finals. After falling on the road 5-2 in game one, LA would win two straight by a 13-7 score to steal home ice advantage. The Canucks returned the favor with a blowout of their own in Game No. 4 in Los Angles, 7-2 to tie the series. Gary Shuchuk became a Kings franchise hero with a goal at the 6:31 mark of the second OT to win 4-3 in Vancouver in Game No. 5. The Kings finished off the Canucks on home ice in Game No. 6 to advance to the conference finals. The two teams combined for 51 goals in the series (LA 36, Van 25).

Check out the recaps of all of the Kings - Canucks playoff games below:

1982 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Five)
Game 1April 15, 1982: Vancouver 3, Kings 2Series: 0-1
VANCOUVER – After a long and draining series against the Edmonton Oilers, which included the famed Miracle on Manchester game, the Los Angeles Kings did not have the energy necessary, falling 3-2 to the Vancouver Canucks in the opening game of the Smythe Division quarterfinal. Vancouver’s Gary Lupul scored the game-deciding goal five minutes into the third period to break a 2-2 tie. After Vancouver’s Ron Delorme knocked Los Angeles’ Larry Murphy off the puck with a solid check, Delorme fed Lupul for the game-winner. “This will be a long, tough series along the boards for our wingers because L.A. has a big, tough defense,” suspended Vancouver coach Harry Neale told the Associated Press in 1982. “The quickest way we can stop their pinching defense is to get some two-on-one breaks and we got five tonight.” Vancouver’s Ivan Hlinka scored the other two goals for the Canucks, while Steve Bozek and Larry Murphy scored for the Kings. With the win, the Canucks remained unbeaten in their last 13 games.
Game 2 April 16, 1982: Kings 3, Canucks 2 (OT) Series: 1-1
VANCOUVER – Kings rookie center Steve Bozek deflected defenseman Rick Chartraw's shot past Vancouver goaltender Richard Brodeur at 4:33 of sudden-death overtime to lift Los Angeles to 3-2 victory in Vancouver to tie the series at 1-1. "Bozek has been just tremendous in the playoffs," said head coach Don Perry of the Kings told the AP. "He's one of our fastest players and he has a certain touch around the net that every team needs." Dave Taylor and Marcel Dionne also scored for the Kings. The Canucks, who had their unbeaten streak snapped at 13 games, got goals from Darcy Rota and Stan Smyl. Los Angeles carried the play for the second half of the game. They fired a total of 35 shots at Brodeur, while the Canucks had 23 shots on Mario Lessard of the Kings. "It was a little loose early in overtime and both teams had chances to end it early," Perry said. "I'm just glad we took advantage of our break."
Game 3April 18, 1982: Vancouver 4, Kings 3 (OT) Series: 1-2
LOS ANGELES – Vancouver defenseman Colin Campbell scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, to propel the Canucks to a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. The Canucks now lead the Kings 2-1 in the Smythe Division quarterfinal. The two goals were Campbell’s first goals of the season. The first one gave the Canucks the early 1-0 lead in the first period. Power-play goals by John Paul Kelly and Dave Taylor gave the Kings a 2-1 lead in the second period, yet with 45 seconds left in the period Vancouver’s Thomas Gradin tied the game with slap shot from the left circle. In the third period, Marcel Dionne gave the Kings a 3-2 lead, yet Vancouver’s Stan Smyl sent the game into a second consecutive overtime period. Campbell’s game-winner came early in the overtime period, just 1:23 into the sudden death period. “It was a surprise to me to get two goals,” Campbell told the Canadian Press in 1982. “It’s kind of a joke for me, but it’s nice to get this recognition once in my career.”
Game 4April 19, 1982: Vancouver 5, Kings 4Series: 1-3
LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles goaltender Mario Lessard allowed five goals on 16 shots as the Kings fell to the Vancouver Canucks 5-4. With the win, the Canucks moved to just one win away from a place in the Smythe Division finals. “We can’t think it’s over,” Vancouver head coach Roger Neilson told the Canadian Press in 1982. “It still could be a long series.” Doug Keans replaced Lessard in net and did not surrender another goal. Vancouver’s Ivan Boldirev scored two goals for the Canucks, including the game-winner, as well as notching an assist. Doug Smith, Mike Murphy, Dave Taylor and Marcel Dionne scored for the Kings, who lost 19 consecutive road games during the regular season. “I don’t believe it’s over,” Kings coach Don Perry told the Canadian Press. “We’ve been doing the things we had to all along.”
Game 5April 21, 1982: Vancouver 5, Kings 2Series: 1-4
VANCOUVER – After enduring five seasons of losing in the opening round of the playoffs, the Vancouver Canucks finally notched a series victory with a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings. With the win, the Canucks had won 16 of their last 17 games. Darcy Rota scored two goals for the Canucks in the second period, the first of which pushed the lead to 3-1. After Larry Murphy cut the Canucks’ lead to 3-2, Rota scored his second goal just 26 seconds later to push the lead back to two goals. Richard Brodeur was solid in goal for Vancouver, making 30 saves. “We had a shaky start but we managed to come back,” Brodeur told the United Press International in 1982. The Canucks would drop the Blackhawks in five and advance to the Stanley Cup Finals against the NY Islanders, where they were promptly swept in four games.
1991 Smythe Division Finals (Best-of-seven)
Game 1April 4, 1991: Vancouver 6, Kings 5Series: 0-1
LOS ANGELES – The Vancouver Canucks notched an upset victory on the road, defeating the Los Angeles Kings 6-5 to open the playoffs. Despite having the lowest point total in the regular season of any playoff team with 65, the Canucks were able to gain a crucial victory in the opening game. “Sometimes when you play the first game at home you get a little overconfident,” Vancouver’s Geoff Courtnall told the Associated Press in 1991. “Maybe you play a little bit lighter than normal.” Courtnall proved to be huge for the Canucks as he scored three goals and assisted Cliff Ronning’s game-winning goal with 2:31 left in the third period. Trailing 5-3, Courtnall tied the game with two goals in the third period. “We’re not the Kings, we know that,” Vancouver goaltender Troy Gamble told the Associated Press. “For us, it’s like fighting Mike Tyson or something. You look out there and see Wayne Gretzky and then look at our guys and it looks like we’re outclassed.”
Game 2April 6, 1991: Kings 3, Vancouver 2 (OT) Series: 1-1
LOS ANGELES – Wayne Gretzky scored 11:08 into overtime, as Los Angeles rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the second period to win 3-2 and even the series at 1-1. Tom Kurvers beat Kelly Hrudey 10:35 into the first on a power play, giving the surprising Canucks, who had stolen home ice advantage with their 6-5 win over LA in Game 1, a 1-0 lead. Cliff Ronning padded the lead just 31 seconds into the second period and LA was trailing 2-0 and staring a possible 2-0 series deficit in the eyes as the scene would shift to Vancouver for Game No. 3. Rob Blake than halved the lead with a power play goal at 2:47 in the second period before Luc Robitaille tied the scored 3:13 into the third period setting up Gretzky's heroics. Hrudey made 32-of-34 stops while Troy Gamble stopped 37-of-40 in the loss.
Game 3April 8, 1991: Vancouver 2, Kings 1 (OT)Series: 1-2
VANCOUVER – The Vancouver Canucks continued their surprising series against the Los Angeles Kings, notching a 2-1 win in overtime to take a 2-1 series lead in the Smythe Division semifinals. Cliff Ronning, a Vancouver native, scored the game-winner at 3:12 of overtime to notch his second game-winning goal of the series. “We’re sick of losing,” Ronning told the Associated Press in 1991. “This organization has gotten too used to losing. We’re sick of it.” For the Kings, Wayne Gretzky tied Jari Kurri for the NHL record with his 92nd career goal in the Stanley Cup finals. However, the Kings were out-shot by the Canucks 6-0 in overtime.
Game 4April 10, 1991: Kings 6, Vancouver 1Series: 2-2
VANCOUVER - Wayne Gretzky scored his record-setting 93rd playoff goal and assisted on another as Los Angeles beat Vancouver 6-1. Gretzky's historic goal, on a power play in the first period proved to be the winner, giving LA a 2-1 lead. Tony Granato, Steve Kasper, Dave Taylor, Mike Donnelly and Steve Duchesne also scored for the Kings against Vancouver goalie Kirk McLean. Duchesne's goal in the third period came on a penalty shot after Cliff Ronning threw his stick at the puck carrier. Ronning, with his fifth goal of the series, was the only Vancouver player to beat Kings goalie Kelly Hrudey.
Game 5April 12, 1991: Kings 7, Vancouver 4Series: 3-2
LOS ANGELES - Luc Robitaille scored two power-play goals as Los Angeles' offense picked up where it left off in Game 4 and the Kings beat the Canucks. Los Angeles scored three straight goals in the second period to erase a 4-3 deficit. The Kings pelted Vancouver goalie Troy Gamble with 38 shots to the Canucks' 33. Skating with a sixth attacker during a delayed penalty, the Kings broke a 4-4 tie at 13:27 of the second period on a goal by Brad Jones, which turned out to be the game winner. Five goals were scored in a wild first period, starting with Jyrki Lumme, his first of two on the night, with a short handed goal to give Vancouver a 1-0 lead. On that same power play, Robitaille quickly matched Lumme's effort knotting the game at one. Cliff Ronning then put Vancouver up but Robitaille tallied his second to tie the game to again tie the score. Mike Donnelly lit the lamp with less than a minute remaining in the period for a 3-2 lead entering the second. Lumme scored his second to tie the game before defenseman Gerald Diduck scored to take a short lived 4-3 lead that was buried by LA's three unanswered goals. Bob Kudelski scored in the third to complete the scoring.
Game 6April 14, 1991: Kings 4, Vancouver 1Series: 4-2
VANCOUVER – Los Angeles’ Dave Taylor gave the Kings the lead for good as they defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 in the Smythe Division semifinals. With the game tied at 1-1 in the third period, Taylor gave the Kings a 2-1 lead with a goal at 12:11 of the final frame. Defenseman Tom Kurvers scored the lone goal for the Canucks.
1993 Smythe Division Finals (Best-of-seven)
Game 1May 2, 1993: Vancouver 5, Kings 2Series: 0-1
VANCOUVER – The Vancouver Canucks got goals from three defensemen on the way to a 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in the opening game of the Smythe Division finals. Defensemen Dana Murzyn, Gerald Diduck and Dave Babych each scored a goal for the Canucks. “We were keyed up to get to the loose pucks and head to open ice,” Diduck told the Associated Press in 1993. “I don’t know how well we played defensively, but we were pretty good getting into the offense.” Wayne Gretzky and Mike Donnelly scored for the Kings.
Game 2May 5, 1993: Kings 6, Vancouver 3Series: 1-1
VANCOUVER – Wayne Gretzky led a spirited charge from Los Angeles in the Kings’ 6-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks in the Smythe Division finals. Gretzky scored a goal and notched two assists as the Kings rebounded from a loss in the opening game to tie the series. The Kings took control of the game early, scoring three goals in the first period.
Game 3May 7, 1993: Kings 7, Vancouver 4Series: 2-1
LOS ANGELES – Wayne Gretzky continued his torrid start to the Smythe Division finals, scoring twice to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 7-4 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. The two goals were Gretzky’s record 100th and 101st playoff goals. After trailing 2-1, the Kings scored four consecutive goals, the last of which was one of Gretzky’s, to take a 5-2 lead in the third period. With the goals, Gretzky extended his goal-scoring streak to five games.
Game 4May 9, 1993: Vancouver 7, Kings 2Series: 2-2
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings continued to struggle keeping pucks out of the net as they fell 7-2 to the Vancouver Canucks in the Smythe Division finals. Vancouver’s Gerald Diduck and Geoff Courtnall each had one goal and two assists as the Canucks evened the series at two games apiece. Trailing 2-1 in the second period, Vancouver’s Petr Nedved scored to tie the game and spark a run of six consecutive Vancouver goals that put the game out of reach. For the Kings, Luc Robitaille and Tomas Sandstrom scored, both of which were assisted by Wayne Gretzky.
Game 5May 12, 1993: Kings 4, Vancouver 3 (2OT) Series: 3-2
VANCOUVER – The Los Angeles Kings pushed the Vancouver Canucks to the brink of elimination with a thrilling 4-3 victory in double-overtime in the Smythe Division finals. Los Angeles’ Gary Shuchuk scored the game-winner at the 6:31 mark off assists by Luc Robitaille and Jari Kurri. “We believe in ourselves, we believe in our system and we believe in our coaches,” Los Angeles’ Wayne Gretzky told the Canadian Press in 1993. “Fortunately, we’re lucky right now, up 3-2, and the toughest game of the series coming up.” For the Canucks, their backs are up against the wall. “We face the ultimate test,” Vancouver assistant coach Ron Wilson told the Associated Press. “The pressure will be on us, but in other games of similar magnitude, we’ve come up with great performances.”
Game 6May 13, 1993: Kings 5, Vancouver 3Series: 4-2
LOS ANGELES – After being held pointless in the previous game, Wayne Gretzky came through in a big way as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-3 to win the Smythe Division finals series. Gretzky scored a goal, his 103rd career in the playoffs, and assisted on two others. The Kings booked their first appearance in the Campbell Conference final in the franchise’s history thanks in large part to a stretch in which they scored four consecutive goals.

View More