USPRESSWIRE Photo Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin
The green city of Vancouver can recycle headlines from both matchups against the Kings in the first round of the playoffs.
After two Kings 4-2 victories against Vancouver, both teams are heading to Los Angeles to battle in game three at the Staples Center. In Friday night’s matchup, the Kings once again stunned the Canucks and their fans. Dustin Brown came out at the top of his game, scoring two short-handed goals against Roberto Luongo. Jarret Stoll knocked in the third and Trevor Lewis scored the Kings’ fourth goal, adding some cushion to the consistent lead Los Angeles had throughout the entire postseason game.
In an interview with LA Kings insider Rich Hammond, coach Darryl Sutter says he was impressed by Brown’s on-ice performance, as well as much of the defensive play.
“It was a strong game. Obviously the scored two shorthanded goals, and that’s significant.’’
But he says his team still has a lot to work on if they want to sustain their lead over Vancouver.
“We took three bad penalties, and 5-on-5 we weren’t that strong on the walls. We didn’t do a very good job against their defense. We were a little better on faceoffs than we were in game one, but there were lots of areas that we can get a whole lot better at.’’
In the meantime, there will be a few roster updates before the next game. Daniel Sedin won’t be traveling to Los Angeles due to the concussion he sustained from a hit by the Blackhawks’ Duncan Keith on March 21. Byron Bitz will be serving the second day of his two-game suspension for an illegal hit on Kyle Clifford during the first game of the series.
Lastly, Roberto Luongo might not be returning to the net on Sunday. Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault hasn’t released whether Cory Schneider will be taking Luongo’s place on the ice as an effort to change things up for his team.
Game three is Sunday night at 7:30 PST.