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Kings Defenseman Slava Voynov’s Point Shot Beats Canucks Goalie Roberto Luongo With Under A Minute To Play In Regulation, Knotting The Game At 2-2. LA Goes On To Win In Shootout. – Photo: Paul Armbruster

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FEATURED STORY

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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POSTGAME READING

Jeff Carter scores game winner in shootout - Photo: Paul Armbruster

Jeff Carter scores game winner in shootout – Photo: Paul Armbruster

POSTGAME QUOTES

DARRYL SUTTER

“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.”

ANZE KOPITAR

“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.”

JONATHAN QUICK

“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.”

SIMON GAGNE

“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.”

Quotes courtesy of LAKingsInsider.com and the LATimes

POSTGAME VIDEO

SLAVA VOYNOV TIES THE GAME

CARTER SCORES GAME WINNER IN SHOOTOUT

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

NHL TONIGHT ANALYSIS

SUTTER

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  • KingsFanFTW

    Woot what a game..Almost had a heart attack!

    • Paul Armbruster

      2-2-1 sure looks a lot better than 1-3-1. Still early but this game coupled with the Edmonton game sure has made for an exciting start.

  • goldielocks

    The best way to build up the momentum. Nucks games always provide that. Great to see Cater is really commited to the team. Undoubtedly, he’s in the best shape in his career.

    • Paul Armbruster

      The whole ‘out of shape’ thing is interesting to me. I never can tell if maybe someone is just having an off night or there is something ‘wrong’ with them. If the coach didn’t mention it I don’t think I could tell just by watching. Same goes for Carter being ‘in shape.’

    • MickSorley

      Totally agree. Carter not only looks like he’s in good shape, but he looks hungry. If he’s continues skating around with something to prove, that bodes well for us!

  • KC23

    The only game we truely got out played in was the first one. I think we’ll be fine if we stay healthy.

    This year I was most worried about Quick’s health, but he looks his old self. I like our chances this year, but every team clearly wants to kick our butts every time we play. Gonna be a fun semi-year to watch the Kings.

    • Paul Armbruster

      Health is always critical but man this team is so deep it’s laughable. If Quick continues to look like Quick they should be able to withstand the onslaught of headhunters to make the playoffs. I actually think all these teams targeting them will HELP them if they do get to the postseason, particularly with the semi-year.

  • 40YearKingsFan

    Hey, love the website Paul! Everything I want I can get quickly and lots of interesting stuff for when I have more time to kill. Obviously put together by a Kings fan, for Kings fans. And I’ve told you this before, but the photography is second to none.Great shot of Carts’ goal!
    I’m interested your take, or the other astute posters, on the Willie Mitchell situation. When I see him skate, he does not look well at all yet doctors and coaches have cleared him and Sutter appears irritated. Is there a story behind all this?

    • KC23

      I agree, there is more to this Mitchell thing. What it is, I have no idea. Mitchell not practicing for two days, Evans says he thinks he might play Thursday, doctors cleared Mitchell to play days ago? Doesn’t add up.

    • Paul Armbruster

      Thank you 40year! I welcome any and all feedback.

      As for Mitchell, my take is pretty much in line with what Willie has said himself and I really don’t think there’s anything else going on per se. His knee is apparently structurally sound but he said it still ‘blows up’ on him after skating. So he’s likely dealing with swelling and took some days off. Is that good? No. BUT, he also said he expects his knee to react the same way the rest of the year based on past experience.

      Personally, I can attest to a doctor telling me nothing is wrong with my shoulder fundamentally. But I know that it gets sore and clicks constantly from when I tweaked it one time. In other words, I know my body better than the doctor.

      I think Willie knows the same thing.

  • gene

    Will be interesting to see who gets traded or sent down or sent down and gets claimed on waivers when Mich does decide he can play. Munsun is getting alot of ice time and looks better each game.

    • Paul Armbruster

      Bodnarchuk’s the extra d-man so he’ll go back to Manchester I imagine and Whiskey and Munsun :) will compete for slot #6 as long as Willie is in the lineup.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/CameraGuyBakoCA BakoCAkingsCondorsGuy

    Boddi-Slava?
    Not a bad Steely Dan song…

    Hey, your opinion on the three stars selection… What up?
    Did Jeff Carter stiff the Official Scorer, or what?

    • Paul Armbruster

      They totally stiffed Carter. The guy scored two goals and was very active all night. I have no idea what game they were watching. My nickname for Voynov would be more like a Bananaramma or Wham! song. SlavaLavaDingDong!