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Kings lose in shootout to Canucks but tie for first place in Pacific Division


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Kings lose in shootout to Canucks but tie for first place in Pacific Division

Dan Greenspan

March 18, 2023

Elias Pettersson had a power play goal, Thatcher Demko made 38 saves and the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Kings 3-2 in a Saturday night shootout at Crypto.com Arena.

Brock Boeser also scored in regulation for the Canucks (30-33-5), who have won six of seven games. JT Miller and Quinn Hughes each had two assists, and Demko saved an Adrian Kempe penalty midway through the second half.

Miller and Andrei Kuzmenko converted in the penalty shootout. Demko denied both of Kings’ attempts.

carl grundstrom and alex edler scored for the Kings (40-20-10), who earned a point and tied the Vegas Golden Knights for first place in the Pacific Division. Joonas Korpisalo made 15 saves.

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The Kings haven’t lost in regulation in their last nine games and are 12-2-3 since the All-Star break. But in the penalty shootout, Gabe Vilardi shot over the net and Trevor Moore was saved by Demko.

Pettersson buried a shot from the right circle seven seconds after Vancouver’s first power play of the night to tie the score at 2 midway through the third period.

Grundstrom continued his excellent play on the fourth line to put the Kings up 2-1 late in the second quarter when he used his skate to redirect Rasmus Kuparis’ shot. The assist was the fifth point in eight games for Kupari since he returned from a lower-body injury.

Edler, who holds the Canucks record for most points by a defenseman, factored in both goals in the first. His stick hit Boesers’ shot and redirected it to the left post to put Vancouver ahead at midterm, but Edler got his first goal against the Canucks with three minutes remaining to tie it at 1.

Korpisalo is 3-0-1 since being acquired from Columbus in a Feb. 28 trade. He has conceded eight goals in that span.

Canucks defenseman Ethan Bear returned after missing eight games with a facial injury.

Until next time

Canucks: Play the Ducks on Sunday night.

Reyes: Host the Calgary Flames on Monday night.

Merry C. Vega is a highly respected and accomplished news author. She began her career as a journalist, covering local news for a small-town newspaper. She quickly gained a reputation for her thorough reporting and ability to uncover the truth.

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