It must have been an odd feeling for the Los Angeles Kings to go into the third period holding a 2-0 lead. The Kings hadn’t scored a goal in the first two periods through the first three games of the season and opened up the final period trailing. After scoring their first goals of the season in the first and second periods against the Vancouver Canucks, the Kings looked more than comfortable early in the third period.
Perhaps a little too comfortable.
Vancouver cut the Kings lead in half 6:53 into the third period when Henrik Sedin connected with his brother Daniel on a perfect pass to the far post. Daniel placed it past Jonathan Quick to make it a 2-1 game. Moments before the Canucks’ goal, Wayne Simmonds nearly snapped out of his scoring drought when he fired a shot that hit the post in the Vancouver zone.
Less than a minute later the Kings responded with an equally impressive play when Anze Kopitar eluded Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa and slipped the puck to Dustin Brown, who was parked in front of the net, to give the Kings a 3-1 lead.
The Kings extended their lead to 4-1 when Brown, assisted by Alexei Ponikarovsky and Michal Handzus, shot the puck past Roberto Luongo with 7:07 left.
Los Angeles has now defeated the Canucks, who eliminated the Kings from the playoffs last year, twice in the first week of the season after beating Vancouver at Rogers Arena in the season opener. The Kings were able to control the game despite being outshot 26-19 and much of the credit for that goes to Quick, who has allowed only three goals in nine periods this season.