Kings catch, down Canucks in overtime

 

 
 
 
 
Vancouver Canucks winger Alex Burrows is sandwiched between Los Angeles Kings Dwight King (left) and Mike Richards (right) during the third period of their National Hockey League game at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. The Kings won 3-2 in overtime.
 
 

Vancouver Canucks winger Alex Burrows is sandwiched between Los Angeles Kings Dwight King (left) and Mike Richards (right) during the third period of their National Hockey League game at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. The Kings won 3-2 in overtime.

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VANCOUVER — Before the puck dropped Monday night, Vancouver Canuck head coach John Tortorella insisted – he really did – that his team was playing okay.

Sure they weren't winning and lost four of five on their homestand but the process would eventually get them there. Maybe next time.

A nudge from the L.A. Kings pushed the Canucks into the game emotionally but it couldn't get them all the way through it as they again squandered a third-period lead, allowed Mike Richards to tie it 2-2 with 2:54 remaining in the third period, and then blew it completely, losing 3-2 on Anze Kopitar's winner at 0:48 of overtime.

The demoralizing defeat ended a wretched homestand in which the Canucks won only once in six games, finishing with a 1-2-3 record. They held leads in four of the five losses.

Goalie Roberto Luongo could barely contain his fury at the latest collapse.

“That's the way it's going, I don't have much to say,” he muttered. “I mean, I'm not a big fan of 'we're playing well but we're losing.' I'm not a big believer in that kind of stuff. We're doing some things right, we're working hard but we're not winning. So we all could be better as a group, myself included.”

With L.A. up 1-0, Kings fourth-liner Jordan Nolan put some high octane gas into the Canuck emotional engines with a heavy hit on Henrik Sedin midway through the second period.

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Henrik went to one knee and slowly made his way to the bench but he didn't miss a shift. Five minutes later. a near line brawl broke out when Zack Kassian hit Willie Mitchell high along the boards, a scrum ensued and Ryan Stanton, of all people, wound up throwin' down with Nolan.

Stanton gave away 25 pounds but held his own and it seemed to ignite the Canucks. Less than three minutes later, Chris Tanev tied the score 1-1 when his half-slapper from the blueline found the net behind L.A. starter Ben Scrivens.

“I thought we stood right in there after that situation and took over the game,” said Tortorella. “I'm not down because there are so many good things happening.”

The Canucks outshot the Kings 28-8 in the second and third periods and had ample opportunity to score a third goal. Naturally, it came back to haunt when Richards was left uncovered in front of Luongo and slotted home Jeff Carter's pass.

“I am standing here every game saying the same thing,” noted Henrik Sedin. “Everyone sees the same things. We're battling. We're playing well defensively, we're getting shots, we're getting chances and the puck is not going in.”

The Nolan hit on Henrik wasn't the only indignity suffered by a Sedin. On the first shift of the second, Daniel was high-sticked in the mouth by Jake Muzzin, the whack dislodging one of Daniel's teeth, which he presented to the officials for evidence.

With their OT loss and the Phoenix Coyotes regulation loss, the ninth-place Canucks moved to within three points of the eighth-place 'Yotes. The good news is they are heading to one of their favourite places on the planet, the Eastern Conference, where they enjoyed much success on their October road trip.

Tortorella went to the blender again Monday and his new lines almost worked as David Booth was in, Jeremy Welsh was out, Ryan Kesler was back at centre, Mike Santorellia was on the third line and Kassian on the fourth.

All it produced was a sloppy first period with numerous odd-man rushes against – six by one count – and a 1-0 first-period deficit when Kyle Clifford completed a perfectly executed 2-on-1 with Linden Vey.

After that, it was all Canucks until the final three minutes.

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Vancouver Canucks winger Alex Burrows is sandwiched between Los Angeles Kings Dwight King (left) and Mike Richards (right) during the third period of their National Hockey League game at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. The Kings won 3-2 in overtime.
 

Vancouver Canucks winger Alex Burrows is sandwiched between Los Angeles Kings Dwight King (left) and Mike Richards (right) during the third period of their National Hockey League game at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. The Kings won 3-2 in overtime.

Photograph by: Ric Ernst, PNG

 
Vancouver Canucks winger Alex Burrows is sandwiched between Los Angeles Kings Dwight King (left) and Mike Richards (right) during the third period of their National Hockey League game at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. The Kings won 3-2 in overtime.
Vancouver Canucks Dale Weise, left, screens Los Angeles Kings goalie Ben Scrivens as Chris Tanev scores to tie the game in the second period.
Vancouver Canucks winger Zack Kassian (right) tangles with Los Angeles Kings agitator Daniel Carcillo during the third period of their National Hockey League game at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. The Kings won 3-2 in overtime.
Vancouver Canucks' goalie Roberto Luongo, left, allows the game-winning goal to Los Angeles Kings' Anze Kopitar, not seen, as Dustin Brown and Canucks' Alexander Edler, right, watch during overtime NHL  action.
Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks and Drew Doughty of Los Angeles get tangled up in front of the Kings' net during the second period of Monday's NHL action at Rogers Arena. Doughty is quoted as saying the Sedin twins are 'slack' defensively.
Vancouver Canucks winger Alex Burrows is sandwiched between Los Angeles Kings Dwight King (left) and Mike Richards (right) during the third period of their National Hockey League game at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. The Kings won 3-2 in overtime.
Vancouver Canucks Mike Santorelli, left, skates with Los Angeles Kings Slava Voynov.
Vancouver Canucks winger Zack Kassian (left) tangles with Los Angeles Kings agitator Daniel Carcillo during the third period of their National Hockey League game at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. The Kings won 3-2 in overtime.
Los Angeles Kings’ Jake Muzzin, right, checks Vancouver Canucks’ Brad Richardson.
Los Angeles Kings’ Jarret Stoll, right, checks Vancouver Canucks’ Mike Santorelli, centre, in front of Kings’ goalie Ben Scrivens.
Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo stops Los Angeles Kings Jeff Carter.
Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin, right, gathers up the puck in front of Los Angeles Kings goalie Ben Scrivens.
Vancouver Canucks Jason Garrison, left, collides with Los Angeles Kings Jarret Stoll.
Vancouver Canucks Daniel Sedin, centre, leaps in front of Los Angeles Kings goalie Ben Scrivens and defenceman Drew Doughty.
Vancouver Canucks Daniel Sedin, right, battles with Los Angeles Kings Drew Doughty.
Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo stops Los Angeles Kings Jeff Carter.
Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo falls backwards after a shot by Los Angeles Kings Tyler Toffoli gets through.
Vancouver Canucks David Booth, right, collides with Los Angeles Kings Alec Martinez.
Los Angeles Kings’ goalie Ben Scrivens looks up at the Canadian flag during the singing of the national anthems before an NHL game against the Vancouver Canucks in Vancouver, B.C., on Monday November 25, 2013.
Vancouver Canucks Daniel Sedin, right, gets tangled up with Los Angeles Kings Robyn Regehr.
Vancouver Canucks’ Ryan Stanton, left, and Los Angeles Kings’ Jordan Nolan fight during second period NHL action in Vancouver.
Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo makes a blocker save on Los Angeles Kings Jarret Stoll.
Fired-up coach John Tortorella grills referee Steve Kozari and linesman Vaughan Rody in front of the Vancouver Canucks' bench during the second period of Monday's NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings. The visiting Kings, 2:54 away from losing, netted two goals, including one in overtime to win 3-2.
Vancouver Canucks Ryan Kesler, left, battles for the puck in front of Los Angeles Kings goalie Ben Scrivens, right and Dustin Brown, centre.
Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella watches a replay while his team faces the Edmonton Oilers during the third period of the home opener at Rogers Arena on October 5, 2013 in Vancouver.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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