Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Jeff Carter delivered the game-winning shootout goal and netminder Jonathan Quick made key saves as the Los Angeles Kings erased a 2-0 deficit to beat the Vancouver Canucks, 3-2, for their second straight victory Monday at Staples Center.
Los Angeles stepped up its defense in the third period, allowing just three shots on goal in the third period, and survived a resilient Vancouver side in overtime in their first meeting since the eighth-seeded Kings upset the Presidents’ Trophy winning Canucks last April.
“You play resilient,” Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. “You’ve got to win games like that.”
Quick finished with 21 saves through overtime and stopped Alexandre Burrows, Alex Edler and Zack Kassian in the shootout to seal the victory for the Kings (2-2-1).
“Anytime you get two points, you get a little boost of confidence,” said Quick. “I think it’s only good for tonight. You get two days in between games now and we’ve got to use our time properly to be able to take the momentum to Thursday night against Nashville”.
Zach Kassian scored his fourth goal from assists by Alexander Edler and Dan Hamhuis to give the Canucks (2-2-2) a 1-0 lead in the first period.
In the second, Alex Burrows took the puck from Chris Higgins behind the Kings’ net and eluded Rob Scuderi for a wraparound past Quick’s left pad for a 2-0 lead at 4:05 of the second.
Goalkeeper Roberto Luongo was poised for a win with 26 saves before Carter scored his third goal on a power play with assists from Mike Richards and Simon Gagne to put the Kings on the board before the break.
Los Angeles then forced overtime with 43 seconds left in the third period when Slava Voynov drove Anze Kopitar’s pass through traffic and found the back of the net.
“It’s disappointing getting scored on in the last minute like that,” Luongo said. “I thought we played well tonight. [It's] tough to assess performance after a loss. [You] always want to find ways to be better, maybe make an extra save somewhere.”