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Canucks top Kings 2-1 in shootout @NHLdotcom

Mikael Samuelsson made sure Andrew Raycroft's brilliant work didn't go to waste.

Samuelsson scored Vancouver's lone goal in regulation, then added the shootout winner as the Canucks beat the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 on Thursday night.

Raycroft made 30 saves as a fill-in for Roberto Luongo, who had started the Canucks' first 12 games this season but is out at least for Vancouver's two-game swing through Southern California this week due to a broken rib.

"It was a nice, greasy win. I'll take them all year," said Raycroft, who has struggled after winning the Calder Trophy with Boston in 2003-04. "It's nice to win on the road. We did a great job keeping their top line off the scoresheet -- no time, no space."

After Ryan Kesler scored for Vancouver in the first round,Jack Johnson answered for Los Angeles in the second. Raycroft made a pad save on Ryan Smyth before Samuelsson beatJonathan Quick for the winner.

Samuelsson's shootout winner capped a night that saw the Canucks outshot 31-15 but win by controlling the tempo and making it tough for the Kings to find any open ice.

"At the end of the day, we kept it close and got the extra point in the shootout," Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said.

Kings defenseman Matt Greene said the Canucks played smart hockey to help their backup goaltender.

"They did a great job slowing the game down with their trap," he said. "They had a good game plan. They limited second and third opportunities, and that's how a lot of goals are scored in this League.

"Their goalie played well. That's what a backup needs to do -- to play a solid game when the starter goes down, and that's what he did."

Scott Parse scored his first NHL goal in the first period for the Kings, who have earned points in six straight games despite 2-1 shootout losses on back-to-back nights. They lost at San Jose on Wednesday.

"We knew they played last night and it was a tough road game for them, so we wanted to just make it hard for them all night," Raycroft said.

Kings coach Terry Murray is not a fan of the shootout.

"It's the same feeling after two games -- bad feeling," he said. "It's a useless part of the game, the shootout. I hate it, but the fans love it. For that reason I like it, because the fans are excited, they're standing waiting for the next shooter. It is good for the game, but boy, do I hate it.

"I still felt at the end of the day that we should have won," he said. "But I told them in the locker room after the game -- it's real important for them to know they played real well against two real good teams."

At 8-4-2, the Kings fell one victory and one point shy of the franchise records for October, both set in 1990 with nine wins and 19 points.

Los Angeles had scored 20 goals in its four victories leading up to its trip to the Shark Tank, but Anze Kopitar -- second in the NHL in scoring behind Washington'sAlex Ovechkin -- hasn't scored in the Kings' past two games.

"The first thing we wanted to do was shut down their big line," Vigneault said of Kopitar and linemates Smyth and Wayne Simmonds. "I thought except for the last shift in overtime we did a pretty good job."

Los Angeles outshot the Canucks badly and dominated puck possession for long stretches. But Raycroft was sharp after playing just 53 minutes in relief of Luongo during his first month with Vancouver.

Parse put the Kings ahead at 11:27 of midway through the first period with his first goal in his fourth NHL game, converting a one-timer from Teddy Purcell. Samuelsson tied it at 18:46, tyingHenrik Sedin for the team lead with his sixth goal.

After a scoreless second period, the Kings outshot Vancouver 10-2 in the third period but couldn't find a way to beat Raycroft.

"This game is a little tougher to deal with because it's a home game and you outshoot them 2-1 and play pretty well," Murray said. "We had some quality scoring chances, and their goaltender hasn't played much in the last year, but he played well tonight."

--John Kreiser,

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

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