Kings score twice within a minute late in 3rd to rally past Canucks
It took two goals in the waning minutes to give the Kings a win they felt they deserved all along.
Justin Williams and Jarret Stoll scored 53 seconds apart late in the third period to rally Los Angeles past the stunned Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Thursday night.
Williams tied the game on a power-play goal with 2:07 left before Stoll scored the winner with 1:14 to go. Williams’ ninth of the season and first in eight games came on a great shot over Ryan Miller’s shoulder. Stoll’s fourth goal of the season was his first in 13 games.
"We gritted it out and sometimes at the end of the game you look and say, `All right, that was justice’ — because I feel we dominated the game," Williams said. "We had the better opportunities and we were able to show some resiliency, some resolve and not give up."
Dwight King had the other goal for Los Angeles, which got 14 saves from Jonathan Quick.
"It was nice to get the two points and not give them any," Stoll said. "Good road game by everybody and hopefully we can use this as a little springboard for road games and get our road record going. It feels good."
Radim Vrbata had a goal and an assist, and Alexandre Burrows also scored for Vancouver. Miller stopped 37 shots.
"Losing’s disappointing, but we didn’t play the way we wanted to. That’s more disappointing," said Canucks coach Willie Desjardins, whose team was outshot 40-16.
The late goals came on the Kings’ 39th and 40th shots of the night as Los Angeles roared back from a 2-0 deficit midway through the game and took advantage of a sluggish Canucks team that was coming off a 3-1 victory at San Jose on Tuesday.
"One of the more disappointing games in a while," a downtrodden Miller said. "Just blew it at the end."
Vancouver carried a 2-1 lead into the third despite being outshot 30-10 through two periods, and Miller had to be sharp again 5 minutes in on a shot off the stick of Stoll on a 3-on-2 rush.
The Canucks have been outshot 103-51 in their last three games, including that win in San Jose and a 2-1 overtime loss at Anaheim.
"There’s going to be stretches like that," Miller said. "We’ll clean it up. We’ll get better. It’s not always neat, tidy and clean during the season. You’re going to have disappointments. Unfortunately tonight we couldn’t at least get a point out of it. That’s pretty frustrating."
Vancouver led 1-0 after the first and doubled that lead at 3:39 of the second when Vrbata scored his 15th of the season and second in two games over Quick’s blocker on one of the Canucks’ two shots in the period.
Los Angeles sent 14 shots at Miller in the middle period and finally got on the board when King chipped home his own rebound at 14:39 for his fifth goal of the season.
"We stopped playing. Being up 2-0, I don’t know if we felt comfortable or what it was, but it wasn’t good enough," Canucks captain Henrik Sedin said. "You can’t expect to win when you get outshot 40 to something."
Earlier in the period, the Kings hit their second post of the night when Anze Kopitar clanged one off the iron on a Los Angeles power play.
The Canucks opened the scoring at 12:18 of the first period on the power play when Burrows poked home a loose puck in front of Quick for his ninth of the season.
Prior to that breakthrough there were a number of chances at both ends of the ice, with Tanner Pearson ringing a shot off the post behind Miller for Los Angeles less than two minutes before Vancouver’s Brad Richardson was stoned by Quick in close.
"I’m sure they’re frustrated because they had a 2-0 lead," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. "But that’s how the division is.
"It’s so close. It comes down to a big play, a bad goal or something almost every night."
Pearson had another great opportunity moments later off a turnover by Daniel Sedin in the Vancouver zone, but Miller turned aside his effort from in tight.
The Canucks’ goalie then stopped King on a 2-on-1 a few moments after making a nice glove save on Kopitar from the slot.
"We got out to a lead but we sat back all game. I think they pretty much had control of that game for the most part," Richardson said. "In the end you still should have that win. Pretty disappointing."
NOTES: Los Angeles beat Vancouver 5-1 on Nov. 8 at Staples Center. The teams meet three more times this season. … The Canucks continue their five-game homestand Saturday against Detroit, while the Kings open a season-high, seven-game homestand against Nashville.