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Henrik Sedin scores 100th and 101st career goals as Canucks down Kings

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VANCOUVER, B.C. - Henrik Sedin scored two goals, including the 100th of his NHL career, as the Vancouver Canucks beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-2 in NHL action Friday night.

The Canucks ended a two-game losing streak, which included a loss Monday to the Kings in L.A., and improved to 35-23-9. It was Vancouver's eighth straight win at home.

The Canucks held on to fifth place in the tight Western Conference, but moved within four points of the fourth-place Chicago Blackhawks and a chance at home-ice advantage in the first-round of the playoffs.

Vancouver remains one point ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Canucks outshot Los Angeles 32-26. Vancouver went one-for-six on the power player while the Kings were one-for-five.

Sedin's goals came half a minute apart in the third period and broke a 2-2 tie. The Canucks dominated early and led 2-0 by periods. But, after struggling on the power play, they allowed the Kings to rally on two quick goals in the final frame.

Alex Burrows, with his third goal in three games and sixth in the last seven, and Mats Sundin also scored for the Canucks.

Alexander Frolov and Anze Kopitar replied for the Kings.

The Canucks were placed in a must-win situation to retain fifth place in the conference after Columbus beat Chicago earlier Friday night. The hosts took a 2-0 lead in the first period as they outshot the Kings 20-3. It marked the seventh time this season the Kings were held to three shots in a period. The Canucks have been the opponent the last two times.

Vancouver had a pair of two-on-ones and a breakaway by Kyle Wellwood before the Kings registered their first shot, at 6:47.

Burrows finally turned on the red light on a fluke goal at 10:39. He converted an easy tap-in after Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick misplayed Taylor Pyatt's shoot-in from the Canucks' zone and the puck came right in front of the empty net.

Sundin gave Vancouver a 2-0 lead on a five-on-three power play at 17:58. Kevin Bieksa's slapshot hit Quick in the chest, went up high in the air, came down and Sundin tapped the puck in just before it hit the ice.

The Canucks started the second period by not allowing the Kings a shot on a power play that extended from 19:56 of the first. But the Canucks struggled through the rest of the middle frame. Fortunately, goaltender Roberto Luongo, making his 12th straight start and 21st in the last 22 games, made several excellent saves to keep the Kings off the scoreboard.

Luongo robbed Frolov twice, once while the Kings were shorthanded, and Anze Kopitar to enable the Canucks to retain their 2-0 lead after 40 minutes.

Frolov and Kopitar finally did score just 26 seconds apart between 6:50 and 7:16 of the final frame. But Henrik Sedin then scored just 30 seconds apart to give the Canucks a 4-2 advantage only after one minute and 28 seconds after the Kings had rallied.

Sedin's first goal came on an odd-man rush as he one-timed a backhand pass from Ryan Kesler. It was Sedin's 100th career goal.

His second tally of the night was equally entertaining as did a spin-o-rama in front of Kings defenceman Drew Doughty and then fooled goaltender Quick with a wrist shot.

The goals came on only Vancouver's second and third shots of the third period.

Notes: Concessions and restaurants were closed inside GM Place during the game because of a strike by Aramark food and beverage workers. Limited service by management was available at some concourse locations . . . Kings defenceman Sean O'Donnell is due to play his 1,000th career game Saturday in San Jose . . . Vancouver scratched extra defencemen Rob Davison and Ossi Vaananen, who has yet to make his debut for the Canucks since being claimed on waivers from Philadelphia on Feb. 27 a span of seven games . . . L.A. veteran left-winger Kyle Calder was a healthy scratch for the first time since Oct. 20 . . . The Canucks honoured late B.C. Lions president and CEO Bob Ackles in a pre-game ceremony.

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