LA Kings To Face Vancouver Canucks In First Round Of NHL Playoffs


UPDATE: Fox Sports West or Prime Ticket will televise all games in the Vancouver Canucks/Los Angeles Kings first round playoff series. Radio broadcasts to move to KLAC AM 570.

On the strength of a come-from-behind, 2-1 overtime victory over the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center in Denver on April 11, combined with a 3-2 overtime win by the Detroit Red Wings over the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago, the Los Angeles Kings ended the 2009-10 regular season in sixth place in the Western Conference and headed for a first round playoff matchup against the Vancouver Canucks.

After trailing since near the midpoint of the first period, the Kings took over in the third period.

Kings center Jarret Stoll deflected a point shot by defenseman Matt Greene that beat Avalanche goalie Craig Anderson at the 15:28 mark to tie the game.

In overtime, Kings defenseman Drew Doughty fired a blast from just inside the blue line, above the top of the slot. Anderson made the save, but right wing Dustin Brown was in front for the rebound, scoring the game-winner at the 1:31 mark.

Brown’s goal was his sixth in the last six games.

Erik Ersberg got the start in goal for the Kings, making 31 saves.

The Kings finished the season with a 46-27-9 record, good for 101 points. It was just the third time they have finished with 100 or more points in a season (1974-75 – 105 points; 1990-91 – 102 points).

In addition to ranking sixth in the Western Conference, the Kings are third in the Pacific Division and ninth in the overall league standings.

Last season, the kings finished with a 34-37-11 record, 79 points. They were 14th in the Western Conference, fifth (last) in the Pacific Division and 26th in the overall NHL standings.

The following is the schedule for the first round matchup between the Kings and Canucks:

Game 1 – at Vancouver, Thursday, April 15, 7:00 PM PDT
Game 2 – at Vancouver, Saturday, April 17, 7:00 PM
Game 3 – at Staples Center, Monday, April 19, 7:00 PM
Game 4 – at Staples Center, Wednesday, April 21, 7:00 PM
Game 5 – at Vancouver, Friday, April 23, 7:00 PM (if necessary)
Game 6 – at Staples Center, Sunday, April 25 (time to be determined; if necessary)
Game 7 – at Vancouver, Tuesday, April 27 (time to be determined; if necessary)

CBC will televise all games in this series in Canada. In the United States, Versus will televise games 1-4 and game 6 (if necessary).

Rich Hammond reports that Fox Sports West and the Kings have not yet released their local broadcast schedule for Southern California viewers. However, they are expected to televise all of the Kings’ first round games. The Kings also announced that radio broadcasts of their first round games will move from KTLK AM 1150 to KLAC AM 570 in Southern California.

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