LOS ANGELES – Jarret Stoll had two power-play goals and Teddy Purcell added two assists, leading the Los Angeles Kings to their third straight win, 3-2 over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night.
Defenceman Denis Gauthier also scored and Jonathan Quick made 20 saves, helping end Vancouver’s four-game winning streak and handing the Canucks just their third loss in 15 games. Los Angeles has scored at least one power-play goal in 19 of its last 22 games, and two or more in seven of those contests.
Roberto Luongo allowed more than two goals for the first time in his last eight starts, stopping 19 shots. He had won 12 of his previous 13 after losing his first five games following his return from a groin injury that sidelined him for 24 games.
Luongo came in 4-0 with a 1.25 goals-against average against the Kings in Los Angeles, including a 4-0 win in the previous meeting.
Alex Burrows and Taylor Pyatt scored Vancouver’s goals.
After falling behind 2-0 in the first period, the Canucks received a huge break that briefly got them back in the game. Daniel Sedin made a breakout pass to Burrows, who stickhandled through the neutral zone and took a slap slot from the blue-line. It went through the legs of defenceman Jack Johnson and dipped under Quick’s glove.
But Stoll regained the Kings’ two-goal margin later in the second period with his second of the game and 18th this season. Luongo stopped a 25-foot wrist shot by Purcell, but Canucks defenceman Mattias Ohlund couldn’t find the bouncing puck at his feet. Stoll converted the rebound just 10 seconds after Mats Sundin was penalized.
Stoll’s multi-goal game was the seventh of his career and his first since Oct. 25 at Nashville.
Pyatt sliced Vancouver’s deficit to 3-2 with 14:34 left in the game, scoring his eighth from short range after some sloppy play by the Kings in front of their net.
Los Angeles scored on its first shot on net. Anze Kopitar won a faceoff deep in the zone and Gauthier played the puck off the right boards before sending a 40-foot wrist shot past Luongo’s glove.
The Kings, just three points out of a playoff spot with 16 games remaining, made it 2-0 while Willie Mitchell was off for hooking. Purcell, who drew the penalty, got the puck from Alexander Frolov along the goal line to the left of the net and set up Stoll’s short one-timer with a thread-the-needle pass through the crease.
Notes: Burrows has 19 goals, just three fewer than he had in 206 games over his three previous NHL seasons. … When the Canucks signed nine-time all-star free agent Sundin on Dec. 18, they were tied for the Northwest Division lead with Calgary. They now trail the Flames by eight points. But they are fifth in the Western Conference. … The teams will meet again Friday night at Vancouver, where the Canucks have won seven straight. … The Canucks haven’t won five in a row since March 1-9, 2007. … Thirteen of the Canucks players had their mothers accompany the team on its chartered flight for the two-game trip to Southern California.