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Kings Remain Winless After Shutout Loss to Miller, Canucks

LOS ANGELES — After an 0-2-0 start to the season, the Los Angeles Kings were hoping that the third time would be the charm as they played host to the Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks, coming off a shootout win in Anaheim on Monday, were a tired team, as was netminder Ryan Miller, who had played on Monday. It didn’t matter, though, as Vancouver shut out an underwhelming Kings squad by a 3-0 count.

After a scoreless opening period, the Canucks took it to the Kings in the second, outshooting them 14-4 while scoring twice. First, Adam Cracknell — who was once a preseason King — opened the scoring on a funny bounce for his second of the year at the 5:13 mark. Then, at the 13:23 mark, Alex Edler ripped a point shot that clanged off the post and in to make it 2-0 Vancouver.

The Kings, meanwhile, needed to keep a tired Ryan Miller busy but they just could not do it, firing just 15 shots against him as he picked up his 36th-career shutout en route to the victory. Derek Dorsett‘s empty-netter iced the game.

As for the Kings, they continue to struggle. Going o-for-3 on the man-advantage, the silver-and-black have yet to score their first power-play goal this season while playing collectively uninspired hockey. Promoting captain Dustin Brown to the top line didn’t do the trick, although he did registered a pair of shots and four hits.

Unlike the first two games, Jonathan Quick played very well in the Los Angeles goal as he turned away 23 shots in a losing effort. The Kings’ defense did have a better game on this night but the Achilles’ heel remains the offense — or lack thereof — as the silver-and-black have mustered just two goals in three games thus far. Overall, the Kings have been outscored 12-2.

The Kings will hope to avoid losing four-straight to start the season as, on Friday, they play host to the always-formidable Minnesota Wild.

About Ryan Cowley

Ryan Cowley has been writing about the Los Angeles Kings since 2009, beginning as the head writer and editor of Make Way for the Kings since its inception. Until the summer of 2015, Make Way was run by the FanvsFan Network (www.makewayforthekings.com) but has since become independent at its new address: www.makewayforthekings.net Ryan is an NHL-accredited writer who has covered such events as the Stanley Cup Final and Stadium Series. He is also a graduate of Comedy Writing & Performance from Humber College in Toronto, Ontario.

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