LOS ANGELES — For the second straight game, the Los Angeles Kings lost in a shootout, this time in a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Vancouver Canucks in front of an announced crowd of 16,838 fans at Staples Center on Thursday night.
The Canucks were without forwards Pavol Demitra and Daniel Sedin, along with goaltender Roberto Luongo, all out with injuries, but they played a tight-checking, collapsing defense that stymied the Kings, outside of rookie forward Scott Parse scoring his first National Hockey League goal at 11:27 of the first period.
NOTES: The Kings are 4-0-2 in their last six games. The last time they earned a point in six straight games was March 7 to March 18, 2007 (3-0-4); The Kings finished October 8-4-2 (18 points) The 18 points is tied for their second highest October point total in club history (19 points, 9-3-1, in 1990); The Kings’ eight wins is the second highest total in October as well (1990 team had nine wins); The eighteen points is tied for the eighth-best fourteen-game start in club history (best was 9-1-4 = 22 points in 1974-75); Parse has scored a goal and has added two assists for three points in four games since his call-up from Manchester; The Kings are 18/20 on the penalty-kill over their last six games (90 percent); The Kings have outshot their opponent in the first period 25-9 in the last two games.
Audio Interviews (raw, unedited)
Jonathan Quick (1:08)
Wayne Simmonds (0:39)
Anze Kopitar (1:28)
Terry Murray (8:05)
Scott Parse (0:49)
Game highlights from NHL Video on YouTube:
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