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Frozen Royalty Audio: Doughty, Johnson, Handzus Power LA Kings Past Canucks, 5-3

LOS ANGELES — Drew Doughty scored a goal and added three assists, Jack Johnson tallied three assists and Michal Handzus scored two goals and contributed an assist to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 5-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks in front of a standing room only crowd of 18.264 jubilant fans
at Staples Center on April 19.

The win gave the Kings a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven Western Conference Quarterfinals series with Game 4 scheduled for April 21 at Staples Center (7:00 PM PDT).

The Canucks took an early lead when Mason Raymond scored his first goal of the playoffs at 2:06 of the first period, capitalizing on a blown coverage by Kings defenseman Peter Harrold and on Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick allowing a pass to go across the top of his goal crease.

But outside of that goal, the Canucks appeared to be more interested in punishing the Kings physically, at the expense of playing the game. Indeed, they put several big hits on the Kings, including forwards Richard Clune and Ryan Smyth.

At the 10:29 mark, Canucks defenseman Christian Erhoff took a slashing penalty, and the Kings took quick advantage just 31 seconds later when Doughty scored his first goal of the playoffs on the power play to tie the game.

At 4:06 of the second period, Handzus scored his first goal of the playoffs with the Kings on the power play again, making the Canucks pay for taking another penalty, this time, Canucks star forward Henrik Sedin had been caught for holding at 3:24.

On the play, Canucks superstar goaltender Roberto Luongo gave up a bad rebound off a point shot, giving Handzus a wide open net from the lower left circle.

Handzus was in front of the Vancouver net with his team on yet another power play and he picked up a rebound of a point shot and hand a slam dunk chance at right crease for his second goal of the game at 12:18.

Just 1:03 later, Kings forward Brad Richardson was in on the forecheck and stripped Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome in the right circle. He quickly spun and threw the puck on net, beating a surprised Roberto Luongo between his pads—a soft goal.

The goal was Richardson’s first of the playoffs that was not only the game-winner, but it also chased Luongo, who was immediately replaced by backup goalie Andrew Raycroft.

Buoyed by a 4-1 lead, the Kings relaxed a bit—they let up, and opened the door for the Canucks, who got goals from Mikael Samuelsson at 14:53 of the second period and Daniel Sedin at 4:18 of the third period, to bring the Canucks within one.

But the game could have easily been tied at that point, as the Canucks were on the wrong end of a controversial call in which Daniel Sedin was going hard to the net and had the puck deflect into the net off his right skate.

After an unusually lengthy video review, it was ruled that he propelled the puck into the net with a kicking motion, resulting in the goal being disallowed.

At the 9:21 mark, Kings left wing Ryan Smyth slapped one off of Erhoff’s skate near left point. The puck fluttered past a thrown-off Andrew Raycroft, beating him just inside the right goal post to give the Kings their final margin of victory.

NOTES

  • The Kings were 3-for-3 on the power play in the game and are now (7-for-12 in the series.
  • The Kings playoff record for most power play goals in one game is four (two times; last time was May 27, 1993 vs. Toronto).
  • Doughty’s four points tied a Kings playoff record for a defenseman (Paul Coffey had four points April 20, 1992 vs. Edmonton).
  • Doughty and Johnson both recorded three assists, tying a Kings playoff record for most assists by a defenseman in a game (two times; last time was Mathieu Schneider on April 18, 2001 vs. Detroit).
  • The last time the Kings led a series 2-1 was 1993 Campbell Conference Finals vs. Toronto (Kings won in seven games).
  • When leading 2-1 ,the Kings have won the series four out of six times.
  • The Kings out-hit Vancouver 48-39

Raw audio Interviews (unedited)

Drew Doughty (2:14)

Jack Johnson (5:06)

Terry Murray (4:33)

Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault (2:01)

Game Highlights From NHL Video On YouTube

 


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2 Responses to Frozen Royalty Audio: Doughty, Johnson, Handzus Power LA Kings Past Canucks, 5-3

  1. chris says:

    hey gann ……… well, after 20 games it finally appears that halpren and modin are finding their legs and actually contributing to the team …. this is great to see because as u know i have been extremely frustrated and worried about these guys ….. but since the playoffs have started they have sucked it up and our giving one last run in their careers …. great to see ……. halpren is doing well ….. and other than modin doing some good work on the pp with 2 goals , he is actually starting to move his legs pretty well 5 on 5 – something that was not there before …… also modins big body cycle 5 on 5 was non existent, but now that is coming around as well …… so good …. very good …. basically i still think both players are worthless overall, and hopefully wont be with us next year, but right now they are sucking it up for one last run and doing some good things …… lets hope there at least average play continues throughout the playoffs – because we cant have any spectators on the ice at this point ….. and as of right now they have stopped spectating and actually started working and contributing …. it needs to continue ………. also thought u were a little harsh on harrold …… i mean it wasnt really a blown assignment – he just got running around because he fell down ….. him falling down and therefore having to recover quickly left him scrambling …. its more of a fluke thing when u consider he fell …… i mean yea, you are well within your rights to write what u wrote, but just saying i think we both know it was the fluke fall down that caused the problem …………………………. so anyways ……… okay ive been saying this all year ….. randy jones will cost us a playoff game and only then will murray switch to the much much better peter harrold ….. and wala – jones costs us game one with that horrible turnover in overtime ….. something he has been doing all season – along with his horrible pinching ……. so i was right again ….. i knew i would finally get what i want only after i had to suffer through a playoff loss …. i called it exactly ……. another thing i have called exactly is i have been calling for getting that, non stick handling, piece of crap, hack, stoll off the point on the power play – with his stupid one timers from 500 feet out ……. all season i have been calling for johnson to replace him because i have been saying johnson is smooth and can stick handle and pull and drag and shoulder fake and just flick wristers to the net which is all u need ….. also u nullify the shorthanded chance because of having a forward on the point ……. anyways, once again i was right and the coaching staff is clueless ……. its amazing how a fan knows more than the coach or gm ….. simply amazing …… marion gaborik anyone? …. simply amazing … i mean the dude scored 45 with no help on that team – and while still missing like a week after the olympic break due to injury and playing hurt – he basically was useless in the olympics and the two weeks right after the olympic break because he was either playing hurt or took himself out of the game and missed some games – yet he still posted 45 …….. thankfully shotouts dont exist in the nhl playoffs or we would never win a stanley cup with a head coach who chooses brown as one of your top three shooters every game over handzus ….. unbelieveable ….. and lol how about that last shootout against the oilers he choose to keep kopitar off the top 3 …. what???????? man are these people running this team retarded or what ….. like i have been saying, they either dont want to win (a notion u scoff at) or murray is retarded – take your pick because its one or the other ……… hey gann, quick is really scary in goal ……. i mean i always thought bernier was good, but thank god you were my assist gm and persuaded me not to trade bernier straight up for penner … thank you my good friend – you need a raise …… quick is just really scareing me gann ….. yeah, i know i spelled scareing wrong , but it just looked too much like that thing u get after a cut heals – a scar …… he he ….. okay gann, well ive said alot so i think i will leave u alone now

  2. chris says:

    oh god a couple of other horrible spelling typos in there ………… sorry about that gann …. also wouldnt williams on the 4th line with parse and halpren look better ……. but im not complaining too much because williams is overrated and clune at least hustles eventhough he has no skill , and of course clune can mix it up with the fists if need be ……… just thinking williams might give us more offensive potential on that 4th line …. but im glad williams has been demoted at least …. i dont hate him at all ….. williams is allright …. he hustles …. hes just not much of a goal scorer ….. but we have the potential to score from williams whereas with clune that pretty much dosent exist ……… and oh yeah dummies – i have been saying this all season as well – KEEP SCOTT PARSE IN THE LINEUP U DUMMIES ….. hes one of our best offensive players …… and murray if a couple of neutral zones turnovers is your reasoning – then how do u explain randy jones being in the lineup all season over harrold ………………. parse has completely gotten the shaft from murray and its shocking and unfair …… now with halpren parse and clune that 4th line is getting chances and actually playing almost as well as our other three lines – and its all mostly due to parse – the guy has talent – keep him in the lineup always u clowns ………… and he has a tendency to score clutch goals or create a clutch play when we need it

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