By Helene Elliot • LA Times •
Jeff Carter lifted a backhander past goaltender Roberto Luongo for the only goal in the shootout, propelling the Kings to a 3-2 victory over the Canucks before an emotionally spent crowd. The triumph was the second this season for the Kings (2-2-1) and continued their dominance of the Canucks, whom they upset in the first round of the playoffs last spring.
Kings defenseman Slava Voynov tied the score when his shot from the blue line snaked through a forest of bodies with 43.2 seconds left in the third period and goaltender Jonathan Quick replaced by an extra skater.
The Kings also produced their first power-play goal this season after 25 fruitless attempts. Carter scored it at 15:21 of the second period, extending his goal-scoring streak to three games.
Gagne got the puck to Mike Richards for a shot that was blocked, but the puck caromed to Carter. Luongo got a piece of Carter’s shot but not enough. Richards’ assist was his first point of the season and Gagne got the second assist, making it an all-ex-Flyers goal.
Defenseman Willie Mitchell, who has been medically cleared to play after knee surgery but has been cautious about his return, didn’t skate with his teammates Monday. That’s the second straight day he skipped practice, and Sutter said it’s up to Mitchell to tell the coaches when he’s ready to play.
The Kings missed him but again proved that depth of character is as important as depth of talent. They might have started slowly, but they’re showing every sign of getting back to their championship form.
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“You play resilient. You’ve got to win games like that. We only had three penalties tonight which is in the right direction. It’s got to be a three or four penalty game to be successful in this league. I didn’t like Brown’s call for sure.”
“I thought [Drewiske] was pretty solid tonight, and I though [Muzzin] had a tough start, and it’s going to be an adjustment for him.”
“It was an intense game and the crowd was into it. We’ve beaten two playoff teams and we need to build some momentum now.”
“It feels good to get it on home ice, we all know how the first game went and we wanted to come back strong. We had some chances even in the first but everything was from the outside really and in the second half of the second period we started penetrating a little bit and got into a tough area if that’s what you want to call it and it paid off.”
“We’re still not where we were in June last year but it’s definitely a step in the right direction, work on things and I think and everybody else here thinks we can crank it up a notch so we want to make sure to build on this win and roll ahead.”
“Anytime you get two points it’s a boost of confidence and I think it’s only good for tonight, you get two days in between games now and we got to use our time properly to be able to take the momentum to Thursday night so depending on how we handle the next two days, maybe we’ll carry it over if we do it well.”
“I think we’re starting to understand that it’s going to be a battle every night. We’re the Stanley Cup champions and every team is going to play its best game against us. It’s going to be a battle right to the end for us.”
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