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Kings-Canucks: Kings win Game 3, 5-3

April 19, 2010 |  9:50 pm

Handzus_300 Too bad there was nothing to write about in the Kings' first playoff win at Staples Center in eight years.

This one, a 5-3 Kings' victory in Game 3, had it all.

Except overtime.

There were three consecutive power-play goals by the Kings. Game 3 had enough hard hits for an entire highlight reel of a seven-game series. The Canucks yanked struggling star goalie Roberto Luongo in the second period and brought in Andrew Raycroft.

Then, early in the third period, there was a lengthy video review of Daniel Sedin's goal, which was ultimately waved off because of what was ruled a distinct kicking motion. That would have pulled the Canucks to within 4-3.

How long was the review?

You could have purchased a burger and fries and returned to your seat and it still would have been going on. Would loved to have listened to that intense debate in the HQ at Toronto.

Then Daniel Sedin didn't waste much time and scored at 4:18 of the third. This time it counted.

Wonder how you say, 'So There,' in Swedish?

What ultimately helped stabilize the Kings was yet another successfully penalty kill. Michal Handzus, who scored twice in the second period, was sent off for goalie interference at 5:56, and the Kings limited the Canucks to just one shot on the ensuing power play.

They seemed to regain their composure and Ryan Smyth, a force all night in front of the net, scored on a shot from well above the left circle, at 9:21, to make it 5-3 for the Kings The shot changed direction after glancing off Canuck defenseman Christian Ehrhoff.

The Kings now lead the series, two games to one. Game 4 will be on Wednesday night at Staples Center.

And, history buffs, the last time the Kings won a playoff game at home? That would have been on April 27, 2002, in Game 6 against Colorado. 

--Lisa Dillman

Photo: Kings center Michal Handzus celebrates after scoring his second goal of the second period against Vancouver on Monday night. Credit: Kirby Lee / US Presswire