RECAP: Kings score 2 late goals to rally past Canucks, 3-2
Justin Williams and Jarret Stoll scored 53 seconds apart late in the third period to rally the Los Angeles Kings past the 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.
Dwight King had the other goal for Los Angeles, which got 14 saves from Jonathan Quick.
Radim Vrbata had a goal and an assist, and Alexandre Burrows also scored for Vancouver. Ryan Miller stopped 37 shots.
The Canucks 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.
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.
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.
Stoll sends ‘em home in Vancouver pic.twitter.com/gJsltpkTZ3
— LA Kings (@LAKings) January 2, 2015
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.
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.
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.