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Kings Cling to a 3-2 Lead After Two

4/21/2010

What a great shift by Dustin Brown to start the period. A hit, a steal and a pass equals a scoring chance for the Kings. Roberto Luongo has to cover up quickly. Kings just look as if they want this more, folks, they're getting to pucks sooner, checking harder and making more things happen at both ends of the ice.

There's another great chance: The shot by Randy Jones, Ryan Smyth, Anze Kopitar and Wayne Simmonds crash the net and Luongo has to make another stop.

Michal Handzus gets called for an offensive zone penalty behind the Canucks net--a big no no. Now Canucks with their second PP of the game.

And they convert.

Less than four minutes in, the Canucks get it in the zone, Christian Ehrhoff gets the puck at the point, moves in, delays until Jonathan Quick moves left and Ehrhoff drills one into the opposite top corner.

Just like that it's a 1-1 game.

But at 4:49 Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa gets called for hooking on Alexander Frolov. Here comes another Kings PP! Eight of 13 so far in the series--tops in the NHL post-season.

Canucks using the Sedin twins on the PK. Bit of a change of pace as they try to stop the Kings PP.

But they can't!

Great faceoff win by Fredrik Modin, who scraps and battles and slips it to Brown, who rips a one-timer past Luongo. It's 2-1 and the Kings are now nine of 14 (!!!) on the PP. And nine of their 12 goals in the series have come on the PP.

Great goal by Brown, the first of his playoff career, but what a gritty play by Modin, not only to win the faceoff, but to stay on the puck and get it over to Brown, who is just poised to crank the one-timer.

At the 9:23 mark, Canucks crashing the net and Jones gets called for grabbing a Canuck stick. Canucks one of two on the PP.

Canucks spend a lot of time in the Kings end, but Kings PK is very effective and they kill it off.

There's 7:22 left in the period and the Canucks get called for an offensive zone penalty. Another PP for the Kings!!

Great chance by Modin, who is stopped in close by Luongo, then Johnson, who fires wide.

No goal for the Kings on the PP.

And just moments after that, the Kings can't get the puck in deep, there's a turnover near their bench during a change, a quick outlet pass goes to Pavol Demitra, who busts in on a two on one, hangs onto the puck, and rips one past Quick.

It's 2-2. The Kings have dominated all phases of this game, but the Canucks are just hanging around, capitalizing on the opportunities they're getting.

But the Kings come right back: On the next shift, on a delayed penalty against Vancouver, Quick is pulled and Simmonds rips a shot/pass at the net and Kopitar is there for a gorgeous tip. At 17:09, the Kings regain the lead, 3-2.

Great character goal there, folks. Just when it looks like the Canucks might take control of the game against a young Kings team that has dominated play so far, the Kings come right back. Great, heady play by Simmonds, who is first on the puck and creates a goal by simply shooting the puck at the net.

Always a good idea -- especially in the playoffs.

More coming after the third.