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Kings-Canucks: L.A. leads, 1-0, after first period

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Alexander Frolov, leading the way. ...

Just like everyone thought, right?

Frolov's goal at 10:08 of the first period gave the Kings a 1-0 lead over the Canucks in Game 6 of their NHL playoff series. And it has managed to hold up through the first 20 minutes of action.

It was his first career playoff goal, and came on an inspired, hard-working play in which he beat Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo with a wraparound and with none other than Henrik Sedin bearing down on him.

Nice timing for Frolov's playoff breakthrough. You might say the guy was due after 536 regular-season games in the NHL.

The Kings dominated the first period, outshooting the Canucks, 16-5. Vancouver had two power plays, getting just one shot on goal on their second man-advantage attack.

And, of note: Wayne Gretzky was in the house on Sunday at Staples Center, getting a nice round of applause.

--Lisa Dillman

Photo: Kings winger Alexander Frolov circles the goal before putting a shot past Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo in the first period Sunday. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

 
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