LOS ANGELES – Jonathan Quick stopped 27 shots in his return from a 24-game injury absence, Jeff Carter scored the tiebreaking goal with 7:55 to play and the Los Angeles Kings snapped their five-game losing streak with a 3-1 NHL victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.
Dustin Brown tied the score early in the third period and Carter added an empty-net goal as Los Angeles ended its longest skid in coach Darryl Sutter’s tenure with a third-period rally.
Ryan Kesler scored for the Canucks, who lost their third straight despite 46 saves by Roberto Luongo in his return from a three-game absence because of a lower-body injury.
“We don’t have a sniff of a chance if he doesn’t play the way he did,” Vancouver coach John Tortorella said of Luongo. “I shudder to think what the score would be. So let’s not kid ourselves. The game wasn’t as close as the score.
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“We have a ton of work to do.”
Quick hadn’t played since injuring his groin Nov. 12 in Buffalo, returning from a serious strain.
Quick gave up an early power-play goal, but shut down the usually powerful Canucks over the final 47 minutes — including two breathtaking stops on a breakaway by Daniel Sedin in the final minute.
Sutter coached his 1,000th league game as his team stumbled home from a winless four-game trip. Although their scoreless streak stretched to 120 minutes, the Kings rallied to win when trailing after two periods for the first time since Nov. 14.
Carter scored the tiebreaker after Dwight King lifted Jason Garrison’s stick and outraced the Vancouver defenseman to the puck before passing to Carter.
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