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Kings-Canucks: L.A. takes 2-1 lead into third period


One period away from Game 7.

Then again, the Kings were in firm control, heading into the third period, the last time they faced the Canucks at Staples Center. They led by a goal after two and promptly collapsed in the third as Vancouver scored four times in Game 4.

Here tonight, it is tight, tight playoff hockey. The Kings are ahead 2-1 after two periods in Game 6 against the Canucks at Staples Center.

The teams traded goals in the second period. Vancouver's Steve Bernier scored on the power play at 8:38 to tie the score, 1-1, and Kings defenseman Drew Doughty hit back late in the period, scoring at 15:57 to make it 2-1.

There was, perhaps, the save of the playoffs in the second period.

All hail, Bobby Lou. That would be Canucks' goalie Robert Luongo, who flat out robbed the Kings' Ryan Smyth at 6:53 of the second, sprawled on his back but still having the presence to make a huge, reaching glove save.

Instant Amazing.

Oh yeah, that's the NBA. But you get the idea.

On to the third. . . .

--Lisa Dillman

Photo: Kings center Anze Kopitar struggles to get a shot off against Vancouver center Kyle Wellwood and defenseman Kevin Bieksa, left, in the first period Sunday. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

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