Armstrong arrived in Los Angeles late Friday night after being
recalled from the American Hockey League, then he scored the
go-ahead goal 5:57 into the third period Saturday night of a 2-2
tie with the Vancouver Canucks.
''It's nice to see Derek get rewarded there,'' Kings coach Andy
Murray said. ''It's a big goal for him.''
Armstrong directed Andreas Lilja's pass from the left circle
past Canucks goalie Peter Skudra for his first goal of the season
and 10th in 87 NHL games.
''Eric (Rasmussen) made a great play circling around the net,
and I just tired to get to the net,'' Armstrong said. ''Andreas
found my stick with the puck. My son could have scored it.''
Vancouver's Markus Naslund scored the tying goal at 10:31 of the
third period, firing a shot from between the circles past the left
leg of goalie Felix Potvin for his second goal of the season.
''It was great to see Markus Naslund score,'' Canucks coach Marc
Crawford said. ''He has been getting so many chances in the last
couple of games. We knew it was only a matter of time.''
Neither team took a shot in the overtime.
''It was a very tight-checking game both ways,'' Murray said.
''Both teams penalty killing did an outstanding job. I thought it
was a gritty battle. There wasn't a lot of space for either team to
The tie was Vancouver's second in two days.
''We battled tonight,'' said Crawford, whose team tied Anaheim
on Friday night. ''Again we were resilient when we went down. I
thought the guys responded well.''
Los Angeles scored on both its third-period shots. Defenseman
Mathieu Schneider tied it at 1 just 41 seconds into the third
period, putting a shot in from the right circle. Alexander Frolov,
who sent the puck from the boards back to Schneider, was credited
with his first NHL assist.
Canucks left wing Todd Warriner opened the scoring 13:38 into
the second period. He took a pass from Todd Bertuzzi, who had just
come out of the penalty box, skated past the blue line and beat
Potvin for his second goal of the season.
The tie extended Los Angeles' home unbeaten streak against
Vancouver to 14 games, which began Jan. 7, 1997. In that span,
the Kings outscored the Canucks, 52-22. Vancouver's last victory in Los
Angeles was April 6, 1996, at the Forum.
Potvin finished with 17 saves, while Skudra made 14.
Armstrong was recalled after right wing Ziggy Palffy was placed on
the injured list, retroactive to Sunday. Palffy missed the previous
two games because of a left groin strain sustained Oct. 12 game
against Detroit. ... Skudra made his first appearance of the season
after Dan Cloutier had played in the season's first five games,
including the tie Friday night at Anaheim. ... The Canucks killed all
six of the Kings' power-plays and 30 of 31 this season. ... Los
Angeles wore its purple third jerseys for the first time this
season. ... The Kings play 13 of their next 15 on the road.