Final OT

Series (Game 2 of 4)

Vancouver leads 3-0

Game 1: Thursday, October 30th
Game 2: Monday, December 22nd
Game 3: Thursday, January 8th
Game 4: Wednesday, March 24th

Kings 4

(16-11-3, 39 pts)

Canucks 4

(18-8-2, 44 pts)

10:00 PM ET, December 22, 2003

Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

1 2 3 OT T
LA 2 2 0 04
VAN 1 2 1 04

Top Skaters

Los Angeles: Z. Palffy - 2 G, 4 SOG, +2

Vancouver: J. Ruutu - 1 G, 1 A, 3 SOG, +2

Los Angeles (16-11-3-3) at Vancouver (18-8-5-2) 10:00 pm EST

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- The Vancouver Canucks look to continue turning around their fortunes against the Los Angeles Kings Monday night as the division leaders meet for the second time this season.

Vancouver is 6-2-1 in the last nine meetings with the Kings, including a 3-1 win in Los Angeles on October 30 when Dan Cloutier made 37 saves. The Canucks had been 5-14-4 against the Kings from the start of the 1996-97 season to the end of the 2000-01 campaign before the last nine matchups.

The Canucks are four points ahead of Calgary and Colorado in the Northwest Division while Los Angeles has a three-point edge over San Jose in the Pacific.

The Canucks improved to 4-1-2 in their last seven games with Saturday's 3-0 road win over the Edmonton Oilers. Cloutier, who recently missed time with a groin injury, made 24 saves for his first shutout of the season.

Captain Markus Naslund scored his 18th goal of the season and has 11 goals in his last 12 games following an eight-game drought.

Los Angeles is unbeaten in its last three (1-0-2) and 6-2-2-2 in its last 12. On Saturday, the Kings battled to a 3-3 tie with the Colorado Avalanche.

The Kings got goals from Martin Straka, Eric Belanger and defenseman Joe Corvo, but goaltender Roman Cechmanek aggravated an hip injury and left after one period. Cristobal Huet replaced Cechmanek and made 12 saves in moving to 4-4-2.

Cechmanek is day-to-day.

Monday will mark Kings right wing Trent Klatt's return to Vancouver. He scored 51 goals in 313 games over parts of five seasons with Vancouver before signing a two-year contract with Los Angeles.