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Kings-Canucks after two: still 1-1

The second period at Staples Center was fairly quiet, and neither team could score.

The Canucks had a four-on-three power play for 10 seconds early in the period and a five-on-four advantage after that but managed only one real challenge, a redirect by Steve Bernier that goaltender Jonathan Quick repelled with his stick.

The Kings killed off a penalty called on Jarret Stoll at 10:47 for holding the stick.

Through two periods, the Kings had an 18-10 edge in shots.

The arena was far from full, continuing a trend in this young season. The Kings have sold out only one of their first six home games -- heir opener. October is typically a slow month for most NHL teams, and that factor, combined with the still wobbly economy and a Thursday night game that would keep fans out late on a work and/or school night, produced lots of empty seats. There's probably still a lot of skepticism about the Kings out there, too, despite the team's strong start this season

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-- Helene Elliott 

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