LOS ANGELES — Dustin Brown scored two goals, Jarret Stoll and Justin Williams scored a goal each, and Ryan Smyth contributed two assists to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center on October 15.
The Kings opened the scoring when Stoll scored off a deflection at 2:48 of the first period. But the Kings sat back and let the Canucks come at them, one wave after another, for the rest of the period and to start the second period.
Despite that, Williams gave the Kings a 2-0 lead at 3:36 of the second period when he took a whack at a bouncing puck in the low slot, beating Canucks superstar goaltender Roberto Luongo between his skates after the puck deflected off a skate in front.
Daniel Sedin cut the Kings’ lead in half at 6:53 of the third period, but Brown scored just fifty seconds later on a slam dunk play at the Vancouver net, taking a backhand pass from center Anze Kopitar, who made a highlight-reel move and pass off a two-on-two rush to set up Brown.
Brown added another goal at the 12:53 mark, taking a whack at the puck in front. He only got a piece of it, but it was enough for the puck to flutter past Luongo, who allowed four goals on 19 shots.
Jonathan Quick got the start and was very sharp, making 25 saves.
- The Kings scored first in a game for the first time this season.
- Tonight was the first time this season the Kings scored first. They were 34-7-5 when scoring first last season.
- Smyth has five points (two goals and three assists) in the last two games.
- Muzzin earned his first NHL point when he assisted on Williams’ goal in the second period.
- The Kings have only allowed six goals in four games this season (three goals five-on-five).
- Quick has stopped 79 of 82 shots in three games this season (.963 save percentage).
- The Kings also started last season 3-1-0.
- Drew Doughty had a game-high six hits.
- Alexei Ponikarovsky earned his first point with the Kings, assisting on Brown’s second goal of the game.
- The Kings were 0/5 on the power play. Four games into the season, the Kings are just 1/16 with the man advantage (6.2%, ranked 27th in the league) and they have allowed one shorthanded goal.
- The Kings have killed 18/20 penalties this season (90.0%; one of the power play goals allowed was scored into an empty net). They have also killed ten straight penalties.
- Kings public address announcer David Courtney missed the game due to his wedding on October 16. Dave Joseph of ESPN Radio 710 in Los Angeles filled in admirably.
Raw Audio Interviews (edited to remove extraneous material and dead air):
Anze Kopitar (1:41)
Dustin Brown (4:20)
Jake Muzzin (2:50)
Terry Murray (11:29)
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