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Vancouver Canucks vs. LA Kings @ Staples Center
Vancouver came into the Staples Center after losing their previous game to Detroit. All the Canucks said they slumped in the third period and giving up the lead was no one else's fault but their's. Hopefully, that slump didn't transfer over to tonight.
Andrew Raycroft got the start between the posts since Roberto Luongo is sitting comfortably at his house in Vancouver with a hairline fracture in the rib. Sami Salo, who has been sidelined the past couple of weeks with a knee injury, will get to start tonight along with Rick Rypien after tweaking his groin.
First period of the game was dominanted and controlled by the Kings! And at 11:27, they were rewarded. Edward Purcell skated with the puck into the Vancouver zone dragging a Vancouver defenceman with him. He took the pass up to Scott Parse and with Raycroft and the ice stopping him, took the one-timer! It rang pass Raycroft to give the Kings the first goal of the game and his first career NHL goal!
With a minute and a half left in the first 20, Vancouver answers right back! Alex Burrows picked the puck up from behind the LA net and knowing where his mates were, passed it in front of the net, away from a Rob Scuderi, and right up for Mikael Samuelsson. With the perfect chemistry tonight, Samuelsson connects with the puck and gets the one-timer!
The remaining 90 seconds ticked down to the buzzer. Canucks were out-shot 11-4 but despite that, it would be an even scoreline of 1-1.
Second set of 20 an there was a great difference in the play of the Canucks. First period was played very much in their own zone with a defensive mindset. Second period, Vancouver skated better and became more of an offensive force than the first. Even LA improved after the intermission. After looking shaky with their first period PK, the Kings look a lot better with that unfortunate position. The physicallity also picked up with more hits being thrown. The period would end without any scoring but it was a solid 20 minutes. Canucks still got outshot but it was only 6-7 for LA.
Regulation time solved nothing and 60 minutes end with the same 1-1 scoreline from the first. LA totally slaughtered Vancouver with shots (29-12) but despite all the shots, all but one were stopped by "Ray-zor" Raycroft.
Overtime solved nothing so we'd head into a shoot-out! First up for the Canucks would be Ryan Kesler and with a quick wrister, he slotted the puck behind Jonathan Quick. Jack Johnson for the Kings would get one behind Raycroft to keep his team alive. But after LA misses their next shot, Mikael Samuelsson prepares to shoot. Samuelsson with the quick fake shot, moved the puck over to his backhand and roofs it on Quick. Canucks win it, 1-2 in the S/O
3 stars picked by the LA media:
(1) Andrew Raycroft
(2) Matt Greene
(3) Ryan Kesler
I completely disagree with the stars choosen. Here are my 3 stars:
(1) Andrew Raycroft (he was the one that kept the Canucks in this by stopping 30 shots by the end of OT.)
(2) Drew Doughty (for creating chances, playing intelligently, and playing great both defensively and offensively.)
(3) Mikael Samuelsson (well, he got both the Vancouver goals; what did you expect?)
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