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Kings defeat Canucks in shootout to sweep China Games

Brodzinski scores winner in finale of historic two-game preseason series

by Lisa Dillman / Staff Writer

BEIJING -- Jonny Brodzinski scored the only goal of the shootout and goalie Darcy Kuemper made 29 saves to give the Los Angeles Kings a 4-3 victory against the Vancouver Canucks in the second leg of the 2017 NHL China Games Presented by O.R.G. Packaging at Wukesong Arena. 

The win, in front of a crowd of 12,759, gave the Kings a sweep of the historic two-game preseason series. The Kings defeated the Canucks 5-2 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai on Thursday in the first NHL game played in China. 

"The crowd got a little bit of everything tonight," Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler said. "Hopefully it was fun and exciting for them."

Brodzinski, going second for the Kings in the shootout, beat Canucks goalie Anders Nilsson with a backhand shot. Kuemper ended the game when he stopped forward Sven Baertschi in the third round.

Video: LAK@VAN: Brodzinski nets backhander in the shootout

Canucks defenseman Christopher Tanev sent the game into overtime when his wrist shot beat Kuemper's with 1:52 remaining in the third period. 

"I didn't know what to expect with the trip, but I have nothing but great things to say," Canucks coach Travis Green said. "It was an experience of a lifetime."

Forward Nick Shore gave the Kings a 1-0 lead at 9:29 of the first period, taking a pass from Trevor Lewis and beating Nilsson from just below the right circle. Defenseman Jake Muzzin made it 2-0 at 17:07. Muzzin, who had three assists on Thursday, was named MVP of the China Games.

Baertschi, who scored the Canucks' first goal on Thursday, finished off a sustained flurry in the Kings' zone by tucking the puck between the left post and Kuemper's pad to make it 2-1 at 8:50 of the second period. 

Video: LAK@VAN: Baertschi whips backhander past Kuemper

Forward Tyler Toffoli gave the Kings a 3-1 lead at 1:15 of the third, beating Nilsson in close on the glove side. But the Canucks made it 3-2 at 11:52 when Loui Eriksson's shot went off the leg of Kings defenseman Alec Martinez and past Kuemper.

Canucks forward Bo Horvat was scratched because of an upper-body injury sustained in the game on Thursday.

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