Baertschi, Canucks send Kings to 3rd straight loss

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LOS AN­GE­LES — Sven Baertschi scored the tiebreak­ing goal on a power play early in the third pe­riod and the Van­cou­ver Canucks wrapped up a four-game road trip by send­ing the Los An­ge­les Kings to their third con­sec­u­tive loss, 3-2 on Tues­day night.

Hen­rik Sedin and Bo Hor­vat scored sec­ond-pe­riod goals for the Canucks, who had lost two straight and five of seven. Anders Nils­son over­came a rough start to make 30 saves in his first ap­pear­ance since Oct. 26 as Van­cou­ver knocked off the Pa­cific Di­vi­sion lead­ers.

Tan­ner Pear­son scored in the open­ing minute and Anze Ko­pi­tar ex­tended his point streak to nine games with a power-play goal mo­ments later for the Kings, who hadn’t lost three straight since Feb. 16-19.

Jonathan Quick stopped 24 shots, but Los An­ge­les re­mained win­less three games into a five-game home­s­tand af­ter blow­ing a two-goal lead against the in­con­sis­tent Canucks.

Van­cou­ver was two for 21 on the power play over its past six games be­fore im­prob­a­bly scor­ing twice against the Kings, who had the NHL’s best penalty-killing per­cent­age en­ter­ing the game. Hor­vat scored the ty­ing goal on a power play late in the sec­ond pe­riod.

With Kings for­ward Andrew Crescenzi in the penalty box dur­ing his NHL de­but, Baertschi took a cross-ice pass from Thomas Vanek and caught Quick lean­ing the wrong way for his sixth goal of the sea­son.

Nils­son had sat out the pre­vi­ous seven games be­hind Ja­cob Mark­strom, and he got off to a shaky start when Pear­son slipped an in­no­cent shot past his short side just 23 sec­onds in. Ko­pi­tar dou­bled the Kings’ lead 3:14 in with his ninth goal of a resur­gent sea­son.

Hen­rik Sedin got the Canucks on the board early in the sec­ond with a shot that banked in off the pos­te­rior of Kings for­ward Nick Shore. Hor­vat evened it with a re­bound goal af­ter Brock Boeser’s shot, and Sedin also got an as­sist for the 250th mul­ti­point game of his ca­reer.

Quick stopped a penalty shot by Bran­don Sut­ter later in the sec­ond.

The Canucks host the Ve­gas Golden Knights on Thurs­day.

COLUM­BUS 2 MON­TREAL 1 (OT)

MON­TREAL — Zach Weren­ski scored in over­time as the Colum­bus Blue Jack­ets held on for a 2-1 vic­tory over the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens on Tues­day.

Josh An­der­son scored in the game’s open­ing min­utes for the Blue Jack­ets (11-7-1) while Sergei Bo­brovsky made 28 saves.

Paul By­ron had the only goal for the Cana­di­ens (8-9-2). Char­lie Lindgren, mak­ing his fifth con­sec­u­tive start for Mon­treal, stopped 23 of 25 shots.

Weren­ski scored 1:31 into over­time with a wrist shot in the roof of the net, glove side on Lindgren.

An­der­son put the vis­i­tors in front 2:29 into the game with his team-lead­ing sev­enth goal of the sea­son.

Mon­treal’s Bran­don David­son tipped Markus Nu­ti­vaara’s point shot right to An­der­son, who let the puck drop to the ice be­fore bat­ting it past Lindgren. David­son was also at fault sec­onds ear­lier when Nu­ti­vaara in­ter­cepted his failed clear­ance at the blue line.

The goal came on Colum­bus’s sec­ond shot of the game.

By­ron, play­ing his 300th NHL game, came close to equal­iz­ing mid­way through the sec­ond pe­riod. With the Cana­di­ens play­ing short­handed, By­ron stole the puck from Seth Jones at the blue line and moved in all alone on Bo­brovsky, but the Blue Jack­ets goalie got his pad on the shot.

The Habs upped the pres­sure in the third pe­riod but Bo­brovsky was again up to the chal­lenge.

Bo­brovsky, with­out his stick, robbed Ja­cob De La Rose with a blocker save on a 2-on-1 five min­utes into the pe­riod. Three min­utes later, he made three con­sec­u­tive saves on Cana­di­ens cap­tain Max Pa­cioretty.

Mon­treal fi­nally broke through when By­ron poked a loose re­bound over Bo­brovsky’s shoul­der into the top corner of the net at 12:14 of the third.

With for­ward Tor­rey Mitchell out with the flu, the Cana­di­ens were forced to dress seven de­fence­men. Rookie Vic­tor Mete played on the fourth line with Ja­cob De La Rose and By­ron Froese.

The Cana­di­ens claimed goalie Antti Niemi off waivers from the Florida Pan­thers. Carey Price (lower body) and Al Mon­toya (con­cus­sion) are still side­lined with in­juries.

L.A. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick blocks a shot as Van­cou­ver Canucks’ Daniel Sedin watches dur­ing the first pe­riod of play in Los An­ge­les on Tues­day.

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