Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Tyler Toffoli posted a goal and two
assists as the Los Angeles Kings downed the Vancouver Canucks, 5-1, on
Jake Muzzin, Anze Kopitar, Marian Gaborik and Jeff Carter each added a goal
and an assist for the Kings, who had lost five of six coming in. Jonathan
Quick stopped 18 shots in the win.
Chris Higgins scored the only goal of the game for the Canucks, who had won
six of seven.
Ryan Miller allowed four goals on 22 shots in two periods, while Eddie Lack
allowed a goal on 14 shots in the third period.
The Kings got on the board at 9:43 of the first, as Gaborik sent a pass from
the left corner to the front for Alec Martinez, who got a shot on net. The
shot was stopped, but Gaborik was there to sneak home the rebound.
It was a 2-0 game five minutes later as Muzzin’s wrist shot from the right
point sailed into the net for his first of the season.
Los Angeles took a 3-0 lead into the first intermission as Kopitar’s wrister
from a sharp angle at the left side fooled Miller.
At the midway mark of the second period, the Kings made it a 4-0 game as
Martinez threw a shot on net from the high slot that was stopped, but Toffoli
was at the left side to stuff home the rebound.
Carter scored on a short breakaway 2:29 into the third, while Higgins’ goal
with 7:53 to play broke up Quick’s shutout bid.
Vancouver wraps up its four-game road trip in Anaheim on Sunday … Los
Angeles plays at Anaheim on Wednesday … The Kings won four of five from the
Canucks last season.