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.