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Canucks get three in third to beat Kings 4-1

by John Kreiser /

Two faceoff wins. Two goals. One victory for the Vancouver Canucks.

Henrik Sedin set up one goal by winning a draw and scored the go-ahead goal in the third period after winning another as the Canucks beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 on Thursday night.

Sedin set up Vancouver's first goal 7:35 into the game by winning an offensive-zone draw, and scored the go-ahead goal 3:54 into the third period after winning another.

"Faceoffs are something we've been working at every day," said Sedin, who has seven goals in his last eight games. "It's a big part of the game -- to start with the puck -- so it's huge for us."

On the winner, Sedin won the puck back to Alexander Edler for a point shot, then crashed the net and banged in the rebound.

"Two faceoff goals against," said Kings coach Terry Murray, whose team won just 25 of 66 draws. "It ended up being the part of the game that cost us."

Tanner Glass jammed in another rebound at 7:18 and Kyle Wellwood scored his first of the season into an empty net with 5.3 seconds left. Roberto Luongo made 31 saves to help Vancouver win for the third time in four games.

"It was probably one of my best games this year," Luongo said.

The Kings, who won 3-1 at Edmonton on Wednesday for their lone victory in four games, got a goal by Wayne Simmonds with 42.2 seconds left in the second period. Jonathan Quick made 30 saves for Los Angeles.

"I felt bad for Quick," Murray said. "He made some big stops."

Burrows opened the scoring 7:35 in on a pretty play by twin linemates Daniel and Henrik Sedin during an offensive-zone draw after Kings defenseman Drew Doughty iced the puck. Henrik won the puck back to Daniel, who circled down below the right circle and fed a perfect backdoor pass to Burrows. He fought off Doughty's check to tap in his second goal in 19 games.

Quick kept the Kings in the game with several fine stops, including one glove save that saw him take away an empty net from Ryan Kesler during a power play. Luongo kept the Canucks in front by sprawling to stop Scott Parse's breakaway.

Luongo made the save of the night early in the second period a turnover sent Teddy Purcell in alone. A good fake had Luongo down and the net empty, but he reached back with his glove and stopped Purcell's shot on the goal line. The save was upheld by video review.

"I made the first move and was out of position but sometimes even when you are out of position you got to try to put an arm or a leg out there and fortunately that time it went in my glove," said Luongo, who wasn't sure if his glove was over the goal line when he stopped it. "It was really close. I wasn't sure what was going to happen but you got to reward the effort there.

Luongo stopped Dustin Brown in tight three minutes later, made two more tough saves off Justin Williams, and stuffed Brown again before Simmonds finally scored. Parse's pass from the goal line hit a skate in front and bounced to Simmonds unchecked at the far side. He quickly lifted the puck past a sprawling Luongo.

"It was a little frustrating to get scored on right at the end of the period," Luongo said. "But we regrouped as a team and came back strong in the third."

Simmonds hit the post early in the third period. But the Kings didn't get much from Anze Kopitar, who is tied for the NHL lead with 33 points but has been stuck at 14 goals for eight games, recording five assists in that stretch.

"They took time and space away," Kopitar said.

The Kings were short-handed after losing 19-year-old Andrei Loktionov to an upper-body injury during his NHL debut Wednesday in Edmonton. So they replaced one teen with another, signing 18-year-old junior Brayden Schenn -- the No. 5 pick in the 2009 Entry Draft -- to a one-day amateur tryout and placing him on the second line with Alexander Frolov and Brown. Schenn almost picked up a late assist during a shift on the top line, but also lost the faceoff to Sedin that led to the go-ahead goal.

"Schenn was very good," Murray said. "This was a hard game and a great opportunity for us to take a look at him and evaluate him and boy, he's going to be a good player."

Material from wire services and team medis was used in this report

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