Kings beat Canucks in shootout

Associated Press  |  Last updated January 18, 2012
Justin Williams and Mike Richards scored in the shootout Tuesday and the Los Angeles Kings beat Vancouver 3-2 and handed the Canucks a second straight home loss. Williams, who also scored in regulation, beat Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo on his stick side and Richards, the fourth shooter, fired over his glove. Alex Burrows scored for the Canucks, who got regulation goals from Daniel Sedin and David Booth. Dustin Penner opened the scoring for the Kings. The Canucks lost for the third time in five games. The Kings, who haven't defeated Vancouver in regulation in their past seven games at Rogers Arena, improved to 8-1-5 under coach Darryl Sutter who replaced the fired Terry Murray. Vancouver, listless in a 4-2 Sunday loss to the Anaheim Ducks, missed a chance to grab a share of the conference lead with the Detroit Red Wings. Booth, who missed 18 games with a knee injury, tied the game five minutes into the third period with his first goal since Dec. 4. Booth, who was dropped to the third line, took Jannik Hansen's centering pass and snapped it past Kings goalie Jonathan Quick. Another Booth shot hit Quick on the mask, knocking it off. Luongo preserved the tie by smothering Richards' close-in attempt and blocking Williams' tip attempt with four minutes left in regulation. Both goalies were sharp as the Kings outshot Vancouver 41-33. The Canucks were again facing a California club playing its third game in four nights. They were looking for a better start than they had Sunday against Anaheim, but didn't get it. They were being outshot 11-3 when Penner tipped Drew Doughty's point blast past Luongo to make it 1-0. Luongo had previously faced several odd-man rushes, robbing Penner with his stick and glove. He also denied Colin Fraser and Trevor Lewis on the rebound. Williams couldn't beat him on a 2-on-1 break and Kyle Clifford's breakaway attempt found Luongo's glove. Vancouver pushed the pace and drew even early in the second period when the Kings allowed their fifth power-play goal in four games. Daniel Sedin, with his club-leading 20th goal of the season, beat Quick with a snap shot from the left faceoff dot. Three minutes later Quick, who defeated the Canucks 4-1 with a 27-save effort on New Year's Eve, dropped to the ice to stop Sedin a second time. Williams' power-play goal gave the Kings a 2-1 lead entering the third period. He was well positioned at the side of the net to scoop the rebound of Willie Mitchell's point shot over Luongo, who had gone down to make a pad save. The goal was the ninth of the season for Williams, but his third in the past five games for the Kings who haven't lost in regulation time when leading after two periods since April 2, 2009. Notes: Andrew Alberts was back on the Vancouver blue line while Alex Sulzer was a healthy scratch. ... It was Quick's third start in four nights and 12th in 14 games under his new coach. ... The Canucks have the NHL's best power play, but are the only club to rank in the top five in power play and penalty kill. ... The Kings were 35-17-5 last season when former Canuck Willie Mitchell was in the lineup.
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