Kings after one period: Kings 1, Canucks 0
The Kings scored the only goal of the first period, the first time in four games that they had scored before the final period.
They needed a lucky bounce to get it. Jarret Stoll was in front of the net looking for rebounds or deflections and was in perfect position when Jack Johnson’s shot from a deep angle on the left wing came toward the net. The puck appeared to glance off Stoll’s stick and his foot before eluding Roberto Luongo at 2:48.
Each team had a few scoring chances but neither could capitalize. Wayne Simmonds, singled out by Coach Terry Murray Friday morning for being “a little hesitant in his game,” had a good chance in the final five minutes of the period and didn’t hesitate to shoot from about 40 feet out on the right wing. Luongo blocked the shot with his chest and covered up the rebound after it dropped in front of him.
Each team had two power plays and couldn’t score. Vancouver took 10 shots at Jonathan Quick and the Kings took six at Luongo.
Incidentally, congratulations to public address announcer David Courtney, who missed Friday's game because he's getting married after nearly 54 years of bachelorhood. . . . Best to the groom and bride!
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