NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Vancouver|
(Sunday, April 22nd)
Final Score: Los Angeles 2, Vancouver 1 (OT)
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Jarret Stoll lifted the Kings to their first
playoff series win since 2001 with his game-winner 4:27 into overtime as Los
Angeles defeated the Vancouver Canucks, 2-1, in Game 5 at Rogers Arena.
Brad Richardson netted the other goal for the Kings, who won the first three
games of the series before Wednesday's setback in Vancouver in this Western
Jonathan Quick made 26 saves as Los Angeles became the 10th No. 8 seed to
upset a No. 1 since the current playoff format began in 1994.
The Kings will now face St. Louis in the semifinals after the Blues advanced
with a 4-1 series win over San Jose.
Henrik Sedin lit the lamp, while Cory Schneider stopped 35-of-37 shots for the
Canucks, who became the sixth Presidents' Trophy winner to be eliminated in
the first round, joining the 1990-91 Chicago Blackhawks, 1999-2000 St. Louis
Blues, 2005-06 Detroit Red Wings, 2008-09 San Jose Sharks and 2009-10
"You can't give away two games like we did at home this series. That's what we
did so good last year. Even though we didn't play great, we were playing good
enough to win games," said Sedin.
Los Angeles entered the third period trailing, 1-0, and failed to convert on
an early power play when Sedin was called for hooking just 30 seconds into the
third, but was able to net the equalizer at the 3:21 mark of the period.
Drew Doughty gained the Vancouver blue line before sweeping around the right
side of the zone. After reaching the goal line in the right corner, Doughty
sent a pass to Richardson in the slot and he stuffed the puck past Schneider
to knot the game at a goal apiece.
Richardson later beat Schneider with a backhanded attempt from the slot, but
the puck bounced off the left post. Schneider then stopped a Stoll wrister
from the right circle on a 2-on-1 rush with less than four minutes remaining
in regulation to keep it a 1-1 game and force overtime.
Both teams had a chance to end the game early in the extra period as the
Kings' Jeff Carter was left all alone in front of the net and lifted a wrister
over the net before Vancouver's Mason Raymond had a wraparound attempt stopped
by the sprawling left pad of Quick.
Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis then had the puck stolen away from him by
Trevor Lewis in the neutral zone, resulting in Stoll grabbing the loose puck
and moving into the Vancouver zone on a 2-on-1 rush.
Stoll then cruised down the left side of the ice and fired a wrister from the
left circle that beat Schneider to the short side for the series-clinching
"This organization hasn't had success in a while. We've got to the playoffs
and haven't gotten out of the first round," Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell
said. "It's our time to take that next step as an organization and you have to
do that against good teams."
After the Kings failed to capitalize on two early power plays in the first
period, Vancouver was awarded a pair of power plays near the midpoint of the
The Canucks would not score during their first man advantage, but would tally
the game's first goal after Richardson was whistled for roughing. Daniel Sedin
received a pass in the right corner and held the puck for a moment before
sending a cross-ice pass to his brother Henrik, who chipped the puck into the
open net with 5:56 remaining.
Los Angeles had a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds when Anze
Kopitar stole the puck near his own blue line and raced down the ice on a
breakaway, but his wrister was kicked aside by Schneider right before the horn
sounded to keep it a 1-0 game.
The second period then passed scoreless as each goaltender made 10 saves to
keep it a one-goal game.
Los Angeles controlled the first five minutes, but was then forced to kill off
two straight penalties as Rob Scuderi was called for cross checking at the
4:47 mark and Dwight King went to the penalty box for tripping at 7:04.
Quick, though, allowed both man advantages to pass without the Canucks netting
an insurance goal, including making a point-blank save on a Ryan Kesler
backhander during the second power play.
Schneider denied a rebound attempt in front from Mike Richards with a sweeping
glove save before Daniel Sedin broke down the rink on a breakaway after a
home-run pass from Henrik with a little over two minutes left in the second
that Quick stopped with his right pad.
Los Angeles' last playoff series win came against the Detroit Red Wings in six
games. They then lost a seven-game series to the Colorado Avalanche, who
eventually went on to win the Stanley Cup...Los Angeles went 0-for-3 on the
power play, while the Canucks went 1-for-4 on the man advantage...Stoll's goal
was his second of the playoffs.
04/23 01:25:53 ET