Sedin, Hansen deliver as Canucks snap Kings’ five-game winning run
Vancouver, BC, Canada (4E Sports) – Daniel Sedin and Jannik Hansen scored late in the second quarter to help the Vancouver Canucks pull away en route to a 5-2 win that snapped the Los Angeles Kings’ five-game winning streak Saturday at Rogers Arena.
Hansen, Sedin, Dan Hamhuis and Mason Raymond each tallied a goal and an assist for the Canucks, who snapped their first two-game losing streak of the season to improve to 11-5-4.
Chris Higgins added an empty-net goal with 23 seconds left, Henrik Sedin and Alexandre Burrows each had two assists while netminder Cory Schneider overcame a costly puck-handling gaffe to finish with 28 saves.
Justin Williams and Jordan Nolan scored for the Kings (10-7-2), who had won seven of eight after a sluggish start to their Stanley Cup defense.
Goaltender Jonathan Quick was beaten four times on the first 16 shots and finished with 19 saves for Los Angeles.
Hamhuis opened the scoring 3:43 into the game after a long, dominating shift by the Sedin twins. Burrows’ backhand pass through the crease left Hamhuis, cutting in from the point, with an empty net.
Williams tied it on a power-play goal 6:12 into the second as the Kings’ finally converted after failing on their first three chances in the first.
Raymond, playing his first full game at center with Ryan Kesler out with a fractured foot, restored the lead just over four minutes later.
Nolan tied it at two when Schneider turned the puck over behind his own net with 6:37 left in the period. The error left Nolan with an empty net to wrap in his first goal since opening night.
However, the Canucks grabbed the lead anew with two goals before the period ended.
Schneider then atoned for his second-quarter blunder by parrying attempts by Slava Voynov and Dustin Penner.