Game 65; 39-22-4
LOS ANGELES — They had no issues supplying offense on this night as the Los Angeles Kings return to the win column with a convincing 5-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.
On a night where they honoured Jimmy Carson as part of the club’s Legends Night series, the Kings, in their vintage forum-blue-and-golds, took control of this contest.
Dan Hamhuis opened the scoring early in the second for Vancouver but after that, it was all Los Angeles.
In the third, Kopitar assisted on Jeff Carter‘s 17th to give the home side some insurance while Vincent Lecavalier beat netminder Ryan Miller on a breakaway for his sixth to put the game out of reach.
Jeff Carter then notched his 300th-career goal into an empty net to seal the deal as the Kings defeat the Canucks for the third time in four attempts this season.
Anze Kopitar led the way for the Kings with a three-point night while Drew Doughty and Jeff Carter each had two-point evenings. Rob Scuderi, Jake Muzzin, Alec Martinez and Milan Lucic all had assists as well.
With Anaheim’s shootout loss on Monday, the Kings pull to within a point of the Pacific leaders while San Jose remains four points behind the Kings after their win.
Not to be forgotten, however, is Jonathan Quick who made a number of key saves to keep the Kings’ lead intact. Overall, he made 21 saves in the victory — his 33rd of the campaign.
Up next for the Kings will be a huge test as, on Wednesday, they play host to the league-leading Washington Capitals. It also marks the return of one of the Kings’ all-time favourite players in Justin Williams.