LOS ANGELES - Roberto Luongo recorded his 40th career shutout and the Vancouver Canucks got power-play goals from Daniel Sedin and Kyle Wellwood in a 3-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.
Coming off a hard-luck 1-0 loss to Boston on Tuesday night, Luongo made 28 saves and survived a penalty shot by Alexander Frolov to become the 28th goaltender in NHL history to record at least 40 shutouts in the regular season. Mason Raymond and Taylor Pyatt also scored for the Canucks, and Henrik Sedin had two assists.
This was the first time the Canucks have shut out the Kings in Los Angeles in 106 visits to the Forum and Staples Center since joining the NHL in 1970-71. Along the way, they thwarted seven Kings power plays.
The turning point came with 16:42 left in the period, when Frolov was awarded his penalty shot after getting pulled down from behind by Sami Salo on a breakaway with the Kings training 1-0.
Luongo stood his ground, forcing Frolov to attempt a backhand, but the puck slid off his stick as he skated past the crease.
The Canucks increased their lead to 2-0 at 18:53 of the first while the teams were skating 4-on-4. Raymond got a pass in the middle from Alexander Edler, faked a slapshot with Kings centre Oscar Moller in front of him, then stickhandled around the rookie and beat Jason LaBarbera with a short wrist shot from the left circle.
Wellwood gave Vancouver a three-goal cushion at 12:20 of the second period while Moller was off for holding Willie Mitchell. Henrik Sedin backhanded the puck out in front just before he was checked against the end boards by Denis Gauthier. Daniel Sedin then did a 360-degree turn to elude Matt Greene and found Wellwood all alone at the left of the crease.
Vancouver had a goal disallowed at the end of the second period by video replay, after Ryan Kesler took a desperation one-timer from the blue-line and Steve Bernier converted the rebound with the horn going off simultaneously. The Canucks learned of the ruling back in the dressing room, while the Kings remained seated on their bench.
Pyatt made it 4-0 with 13:47 to play, redirecting Mitchell's slap shot from the left point for his first goal of the season.
Less than two minutes into the game, Los Angeles captain Dustin Brown received a four-minute high-sticking penalty for cutting Kesler and Greene was sent off for hooking - giving Vancouver a 5-on-3 power play for 49 seconds. LaBarbera weathered that storm, but Daniel Sedin banged home a rebound from just outside the crease with 59 seconds left on Greene's penalty.
The Kings nearly tied it with about six minutes left in the first when Peter Harrold took a wrist shot from the right point that hit the right post during a power play with Edler serving a slashing penalty.
Notes: The Canucks were 2-for-17 on the power play in their four meetings with Los Angeles last season. ... The Kings had allowed only three power-play goals in 35 chances over their first eight games. ... Luongo's next appearance will make him the 51st goaltender to appear in 500 regular-season NHL games. Two seasons ago with the Florida Panthers, he recorded 47 victories to tie Bernie Parent's NHL record. ... The last time the Canucks played at Staples Center on Dec. 10, Luongo was scheduled to start, but didn't make it through the warmups because of a bruised rib that was bothering him for a week. Vancouver won anyway, 4-2, with Curtis Sanford making 27 saves.