Struggling Canucks rally to defeat Kings
Sven Baertschi scored the tie-breaking goal on a power play early in the third period and the Canucks wrapped up a four-game road trip by sending Los Angeles to its third straight 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 Canucks.
Vancouver was 2-for-21 on the power play over its past six games before scoring twice against the Kings, who had the NHL’s best penalty-killing percentage entering the game.