Jeff Carter scored Los Angeles' first power-play goal of the season and added the only score in the shootout, leading the defending NHL champion Kings to a 3-2 comeback victory over the visiting Vancouver Canucks
LOS ANGELES — Jeff Carter scored Los Angeles’ first power-play goal of the season and added the only score in the shootout, leading the Kings to a 3-2 comeback victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night.
Defenseman Slava Voynov tied the score with 43.2 seconds left in regulation for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who have won two straight after an 0-2-1 start to the lockout-shortened season. Jonathan Quick stopped 21 shots for the Kings, including all three Vancouver attempts in the shootout.
Roberto Luongo made 26 saves for Vancouver, which went 1-1-1 on a three-game California trip. Zack Kassian scored his fourth goal of the season, and Alex Burrows also scored in a rematch of the clubs’ playoff series last spring.
Luongo was sharp in his second start since losing his job to Cory Schneider, and Los Angeles struggled offensively through 59 frustrating minutes until pulling Quick for an extra attacker. Voynov teed up a shot from the point that found a hole in heavy traffic, wobbling past Luongo for the Russian defenseman’s first goal of the season.
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After a scoreless overtime, Quick easily stopped Burrows, Alexander Edler and Kassian. Carter beat Luongo in the third shootout round.
The teams hadn’t met since the eighth-seeded Kings eliminated the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Canucks in five games before romping through the next three rounds of the playoffs to the title.
Vancouver had a 2-0 lead when the Kings ended their 0-for-25 start on the power play this season.