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Game not L.A.'s only loss

1/9/2004

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Magnus Arvedson is starting to feel
comfortable on a line with brothers Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

Arvedson scored Vancouver's first two goals, doubling his season
total, and Daniel Sedin also scored to help the Canucks extend the
Los Angeles Kings' winless streak to 10 games with a 3-1 victory
Thursday night.

"It's taken him a long time to figure out our offense, so it
was good to see him get a couple," coach Marc Crawford said. "He
looked very good with the Sedins, so I think we will keep him there
for a while."

The victory improved the Canucks' record to 23-11-6-2, best in
the Northwest Division.

The Kings learned leading scorer Ziggy Palffy will be out
indefinitely because of a dislocated right shoulder that might
require season-ending surgery. The injury occurred during
Wednesday's 4-4 tie at Anaheim, when he tried to take off on a
breakaway in overtime and got tangled up with Mighty Ducks
defenseman Todd Simpson.

"Ziggy's a big piece of the puzzle, that's for sure," teammate
Ian Laperriere said. "But what are you going to do? We've been
doing that for two years now. Nobody can do Ziggy's job, that's
obvious. I think he's the most exciting player in the league. But
guys have to step up."

Kings coach Andy Murray, who took a frustrated walk down the
tunnel leading back to the bench before addressing reporters, is
looking at a long second half of the season if the rest of the team
doesn't pick up the scoring slack for Palffy. Murray is taking an
optimistic approach.

"We're not going to have him, and we've got to find a way to win
-- and we plan to do that," Murray said. "We've had our fair share
of injuries, but we'll plug somebody into the hole that was created
by Ziggy coming out. Our lineup is a good enough lineup that we
should be expecting to get the job done. That's why I'm a little
bit sour right now -- because we didn't get it done tonight."

Dan Cloutier made 16 saves and Henrik Sedin had two assists for
the Canucks, who extended their road winning streak to six games
and are 9-1-1 in their last 11 games outside Vancouver. They beat
the Kings in Los Angeles for the third straight time after going
0-10-4 in their previous 14 visits.

Jason Holland spoiled Cloutier's bid for his third shutout in
eight games, scoring with 12:44 to play. The Canucks have never
shut out the Kings on the road in 99 attempts during the regular
season and eight more in the playoffs since entering the NHL in
1970-71.

The Kings are 0-3-6-1 in their last 10 games. They haven't gone
more than 10 straight without a victory since the 1981-82 season,
when they had a 16-game drought (0-7-9). The last six games of that
streak were all ties.

The Kings got an unlucky break on Vancouver's first goal at 7:11
of the opening period, when Henrik Sedin's centering pass from
behind the net hopped off Arvedson's stick a few feet from the
crease and Los Angeles defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky accidentally
poked the puck into his own net trying to clear it away.

Arvedson scored again at 6:16 of the second, converting a
rebound of Mattias Ohlund's slap shot from the right point.

"My first goal was lucky. On the second one, I was just trying
to screen the goalie and the puck was right there," Arvedson said.
"It was one of those kind of goals that I haven't had yet this
year. It's good to get two, because it's been a while. But the
biggest thing is to win."

Daniel Sedin made it 3-0 at 17:08 of the period with his fifth
goal.

Kings enforcer Sean Avery went off with Vancouver's Todd
Bertuzzi for roughing in each of the first two periods. Avery tried
to take him off again less than 1{ minutes into the third and
succeeded -- but received an extra two minutes for high-sticking.

Avery was quoted in a national magazine saying that Bertuzzi and
Canucks teammate Markus Naslund "have a pretty big chip on their
shoulders," and that he would choose Vancouver center Matt Cooke
if he was given one free punch at any player in the NHL. But there
was no trouble between Avery and Cooke.

"I won't talk about that. It's not worth my words," Bertuzzi
said.

Game notes
Palffy, 31, has 16 goals and 25 assists in 35 games this
season. He missed five other games with facial injuries after
getting hit by a puck while sitting on the bench. ... Bertuzzi, who
signed a $28 million, four-year contract extension in October after
scoring a career-high 46 goals last season, has three goals in his
last 20 games. ... The results of fan balloting for next month's
All-Star game were announced, and Bertuzzi had the second-most
votes among Western Conference players -- 448 fewer than Colorado D
Rob Blake.