Stu Walters | Email Stu.Walters@corusent.com
The Vancouver Canucks enjoyed some balanced scoring receiving goals from five different players en route to a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings, while halting the defending Stanley Cup Champions winning streak at five games.
Dan Hamhuis opened the scoring for the Canucks sneaking in from the point to convert an Alex Burrows backhand pass for the only goal of the first period. The other highlight of the opening frame featured a spirited fight between the newest Canuck Tom Sestito, making his debut on the fourth line and Jordan Nolan of the Kings. Nolan challenged Sestito after the newcomer laid out his teammate Colin Fraser with an open ice hit.
Just over six minutes into the second period Justin Williams would respond for the visitors on their fourth power play of the game to make it 1-1. That gave the Kings life who dominated for the next two shifts before Mason Raymond put the Canucks ahead against the run of play. Raymond using his speed and a nice feed from Jannik Hansen to wire a wicked wrist shot under Kings net minder Jonathan Quick’s glove. Jordan Nolan would tie it at 2-2, capitalizing on a mix up between Canucks Goaltender Cory Schneider and defenseman Andrew Alberts behind the net leading to a turnover and an easy wrap around goal for Nolan.
Just under two minutes after the Nolan marker, The Canucks would take over the game striking in quick succession. First Daniel Sedin finishing off a two on one break with brother Henrik putting a slap shot stick side past Quick for his 8th of the season. Followed by Jannik Hansen’s wrist shot two minutes later, top corner to make it 4-2 prior to the second period intermission. Chris Higgins would round out the scoring for the Canucks with an empty netter with just under 30 seconds to play.
With the win the Canucks snap a three game home ice losing streak while extending their lead a top the Northwest Division to 4 points ahead of the Minnesota Wild. The Canucks flew to Calgary post game where they’ll meet the Flames on Sunday night before returning home to host the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.