Mike Richards scored as the third shooter in the shootout, giving the Los Angeles Kings a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks Tuesday night, ending the Kings' road trip on a high note. The Kings have only lost once in regulation in 14 games under Darryl Sutter, who is 8-1-5 as Kings head coach.
Dustin Penner opened the scoring with his third goal of the season at 9:06 of the first period, assisted by Drew Doughty and Rob Scuderi. Penner, who suffered an unfortunate pancake-related injury a little over a week ago, perhaps was motivated by a new good luck charm, per Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times:
Whoever put a jar of pancake syrup behind kings' bench deserves prize. Pancakes Penner opened the scoring..
The two teams traded goals in the second period, with Daniel Sedin scoring his 20th goal for the Canucks and Justin Williams scoring goal number nine for the Kings. Both goals came on the power play. David Booth scored the equalizer for Vancouver at 5:00 of the third period, tying the score at 2-2.
The Kings finished their brief three-game Canadian road trip 2-0-1. Los Angeles is 2-1 against Vancouver this season.The Kings return home after the game, and will open up a four-game homestand Thursday night at Staples Center against the Calgary Flames.
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