LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Magnus Arvedson is starting to feel comfortable on a line
with brothers Daniel and Henrik Sedin.
Arvedson scored Vancouver's first two goals, doubling his season total, and
Daniel Sedin also scored to help the Canucks extend the Los Angeles Kings'
winless streak to 10 games with a 3-1 victory Thursday night.
"It's taken him a long time to figure out our offense, so it was good to
see him get a couple," coach Marc Crawford said. "He looked very good with
the Sedins, so I think we will keep him there for a while."
The victory improved the Canucks' record to 23-11-6-2, best in the Northwest
The Kings learned leading scorer Ziggy Palffy will be out indefinitely
because of a dislocated right shoulder that might require season-ending
surgery. The injury occurred during Wednesday's 4-4 tie at Anaheim, when he
tried to take off on a breakaway in overtime and got tangled up with Mighty
Ducks defenseman Todd Simpson.
"Ziggy's a big piece of the puzzle, that's for sure," teammate Ian
Laperriere said. "But what are you going to do? We've been doing that for two
years now. Nobody can do Ziggy's job, that's obvious. I think he's the most
exciting player in the league. But guys have to step up."
Kings coach Andy Murray, who took a frustrated walk down the tunnel leading
back to the bench before addressing reporters, is looking at a long second half
of the season if the rest of the team doesn't pick up the scoring slack for
Palffy. Murray is taking an optimistic approach.
"We're not going to have him and we've got to find a way to win -- and we
plan to do that," Murray said. "We've had our fair share of injuries, but
we'll plug somebody into the hole that was created by Ziggy coming out. Our
lineup is a good enough lineup that we should be expecting to get the job done.
That's why I'm a little bit sour right now -- because we didn't get it done
Dan Cloutier made 16 saves and Henrik Sedin had two assists for the Canucks,
who extended their road winning streak to six games and are 9-1-1 in their last
11 games outside Vancouver. They beat the Kings in Los Angeles for the third
straight time after going 0-10-4 in their previous 14 visits.
Jason Holland spoiled Cloutier's bid for his third shutout in eight games,
scoring with 12:44 to play. The Canucks have never shut out the Kings on the
road in 99 attempts during the regular season and eight more in the playoffs
since entering the NHL in 1970-71.
The Kings are 0-3-6-1 in their last 10 games. They haven't gone more than 10
straight without a victory since the 1981-82 season, when they had a 16-game
drought (0-7-9). The last six games of that streak were all ties.
The Kings got an unlucky break on Vancouver's first goal at 7:11 of the
opening period, when Henrik Sedin's centering pass from behind the net hopped
off Arvedson's stick a few feet from the crease and Los Angeles defenseman
Lubomir Visnovsky accidentally poked the puck into his own net trying to clear
Arvedson scored again at 6:16 of the second, converting a rebound of Mattias
Ohlund's slap shot from the right point.
"My first goal was lucky. On the second one, I was just trying to screen
the goalie and the puck was right there," Arvedson said. "It was one of those
kind of goals that I haven't had yet this year. It's good to get two, because
it's been a while. But the biggest thing is to win."
Daniel Sedin made it 3-0 at 17:08 of the period with his fifth goal.
Kings enforcer Sean Avery went off with Vancouver's Todd Bertuzzi for
roughing in each of the first two periods. Avery tried to take him off again
less than 11/2 minutes into the third and succeeded -- but received an extra two
minutes for high-sticking.
Avery was quoted in a national magazine saying that Bertuzzi and Canucks
teammate Markus Naslund "have a pretty big chip on their shoulders," and that
he would choose Vancouver center Matt Cooke if he was given one free punch at
any player in the NHL. But there was no trouble between Avery and Cooke.
"I won't talk about that. It's not worth my words," Bertuzzi said.