Kings Vs Canucks An Exciting Wednesday Night Game
It was a matchup of two teams going different directions. Kings Vs Canucks featured a thriving team. And a struggling team.
Vancouver came in 7-1-1 in there last 9 games. Scoring 42 goals and only giving up 27. They also were second in the league in goal differential with +15.
On the other side of the ice in Kings Vs Canucks was a team looking for their identity. Struggling on all aspects coming into tonight's game. The 4-8-0 Kings were looking to get out of the NHL's Western Conference basement.
Things did not look good for the Kings Vs Canucks coming in. Los Angeles had given up a league-worst 49 goals against. That wasn't the best formula considering Vancouver came in scoring 8 in their earlier season win.
Kings Vs Canucks A Fast And Furious First Period
The first period started out perfectly for the Los Angeles Kings. After a bit of back and forth play Anze Kopitar was able to get it over to Jeff Carter on the rush. A beautiful deke and Carter was able to slide it between the legs of Jacob Markstrom.
— LA Kings (@LAKings) October 31, 2019
Just like that 1-0 3:53 into the first period. It was the first shot of the game for the Kings Vs Canucks. Vancouver fans were hoping they weren't seeing the Markstrom of the past. A quick save after and you could see it was just a good goal by Carter. Vancouver fans could breathe a sigh of relief.
The Canucks looked to respond. A strong shift in the Kings end and momentum seemed to be back in Vancouver corner. Michael Ferland dropped the gloves with Kyle Clifford which seemed to spark the visiting team. At a cost however. Ferland left the game with an upper-body injury and did not return.
— Joshua (@JoshuaGriffith0) October 31, 2019
After back and forth play and Vancouver killing a slashing penalty to Brock Boeser at 9:48. They capitalized on their power play chances at the end of the period.
Trevor Lewis took a penalty that L.A. was able to kill off. The Next one by Adrian Kempe was not. Some nice puck movement and a shot by Elias Pettersson that was blocked. Quinn Hughes got the puck at the point and fed it back to Petey. A fake shot and beautiful pass and Brock Boeser tied the game up at 1.
The Canucks scored there 10th powerplay goal of the season in 12 games. They weren't done yet. Drew Doughty took a penalty late in the period and the Kings Vs Canucks were made to pay. Petey, Hughes to the Captian Bo Horvat and just like that it was 2-1.
Second Period Back and Forth
Carter took a tripping penalty at the end of the 1st so the Kings Vs Canucks had to start short-handed. They were able to kill off the penalty only giving up 1 shot.
Then it was L.A.s turn to put pressure on Vancouver. A couple of strong shifts in the opposing end. A shot towards net blocked by Alex Edler, who had to go off the ice briefly. and things were back in the Kings Favor.
It worked as Vancouver took a penalty. Jay Beagle was sent off for holding at the 9:31 mark of the second period and the Kings Vs Canucks were able to capitalize. Kempe, from Kopitar and Doughty entering the zone, and we had ourselves a 2-2 game.
Another penalty by Vancouver's Josh Leivo for hooking left the door wide open for L.A. with 8 minutes to go in the second. The Canucks killed it off and were able to tilt the ice back towards them.
After a shot off the post by the Kings. The Alien did unnatural things and found Brock Boeser on the breakaway. A fake shot and deke to the backhand and he was able to beat the Quick blocker side. 3-2 Vancouver who were outshooting the Kings 34-14 at one point in the period.
It didn't stop there. The Canucks kept attacking and drew a penalty late in the period. Things were shaping up for a slaughtering like last game. The Kings should have known better but for the joy of Vancouver Fans, they did not!
Kings Vs Canucks The Top Line Was Rolling
For some reason, the Kings Vs Canucks didn't get the hint to not take penalties. Austin Wagner took another penalty for L.A. and put Vancouver back on the powerplay to start the 3rd period. Bad idea!
— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) October 31, 2019
Hat's off to Boeser who scored again. 3rd assist for Pettersson and the Canucks were up 4-2 early in the period. Assists with Horvat and Miller. The Powerplay was firing on all cylinders. So was JT Miller who looked very good against the Kings.
More back and forth play with the Kings Vs. Canucks getting more chances in the middle of the period. A failed Powerplay, making them 1/5 gave the momentum back to the Canucks.
Quick kept it 4-2 with a couple of nice saves off Brandon Sutter. A Tyler Myers Penalty should have given L.A. a chance to get back into it. An easy kill and Vancouver were back on the offensive.
The Alien might have gotten his goal-scoring touch. he fired a pass from Boeser off the Crossbar and in. 5-2 Canucks. Quinn Hughes got into the scoring again and ended the game with 1 goal and 9 assists after 12 games. I guess he is the real deal.
Kings Vs Canucks were able to score one late as Carter got his second of the game. Kopitar and Doughty got the assists. It wasn't enough though. Vancouver was able to hold them off for the rest of the game.
Kings Vs Canucks One team On The Rise And One On The Fall
This was a game of two teams heading in vastly different directions. The Canucks are heading to the top of the West. The kings are are the bottom.
The score was closer than the game was. 5-3 was flattering to the Kings Vs Canucks. The final shots were 49-24 in favour of the visiting team. And for the majority of the gameplay favoured them too.
The Canucks will look to continue their winning ways Friday as they continue the California road trip. Games Friday and Saturday against the Ducks and Sharks will pose a real test. There will be a lot to take out of those two games.
The Kings will lick their wounds until Saturday. They play the Chicago Blackhawks who have also started off the year disappointing. Things might get worse for Los Angeles before they get better. This year doesn't seem like it will be anything but a lot of questions.
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