The Los Angeles Kings had a chance Wednesday night to complete their first NHL playoff series sweep in franchise history, and even held a lead after the first period. But the No. 1 seed Vancounver Canucks scored three unanswered goals for a 3-1 lead over the No. 8 seed Kings Wednesday night at Staples Center.
Second-string goaltender Cory Schneider saved 43 of 44 shots in the win for the Canucks, who stayed alive but still trail the series 3-1. The Kings have not won a playoff series since 2001.
Anze Kopitar scored in the first period to give the Kings a 1-0 lead, but a pair of second period goals gave Vancouver a 2-1 advantage. The Kings were aggressive in the first two periods, outshooting the Canucks 31-16, but Vancouver outshot the Kings 14-13 in the final period.
Henrik Sedin gave the Canucks a 3-1 lead at 5:45 of the third period, assisted from his brother Daniel Sedin, playing his first game since March 21.
Jonathan Quick saved 27 of 30 shots in the loss for Los Angeles. Game 5 will be played Sunday in Vancouver.