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Video: Canucks earn crucial win over Kings in feisty Pacific Division tilt

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Not only had the Vancouver Canucks lost three times to the L.A. Kings this season, heading into Saturday’s contest, but two of those three games hadn’t even really been close.

The Kings had dominated, the Canucks had wilted. That changed Saturday in a feisty tilt that had just about everything.

The Canucks finally exorcised their demons against the defending Stanley Cup champions in a crucial 4-1 victory. Vancouver scored four unanswered goals, including a pair of empty netters to clinch the win and two points that keeps them second in the Pacific Division.

The Canucks improve to 86 points, which puts them four ahead of L.A.

Eddie Lack was sensational, especially early in the first period. He made 25 saves, as it was the Canucks who had the large edge in shots on goal, with 42, against the league’s best five-on-five possession team.

The game turned early in the third period. In a tied game and his team already short-handed, Kings forward Tyler Toffoli was given a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct for hitting Alex Burrows dangerously from behind.

Burrows was injured, but did return to the game late in the third period.

On the ensuing five-on-three power play, the Canucks scored on Radim Vrbata’s 27th goal of the season.

In another physical game, the Canucks managed to get to goalie Jonathan Quick.

In the second period, Quick got up swinging at Henrik Sedin after the Canucks captain jabbed for the puck just as Quick covered it up for a whistle.

As the scrum formed at one end, Lack rushed from his net to center ice before apparently being told by an official to stop right there, while Quick appeared to shout something down to the Canucks goalie.

“If he wanted it, I would have gone for sure,” said Lack.

Goalie Nods: The Hamburglar starts for the Sens

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Hammond looks to remain unbeaten in regulation

Andrew Hammond and the Ottawa Senators will look for a sixth straight win tonight when they play host to the lowly Toronto Maple Leafs. Hammond enters the game with a 12-0-1 record to go along with a 1.55 goals-against average since getting called up from Binghamton.

The Sens enter tonight’s action two points back of the Boston Bruins for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. Since the last meeting between the Leafs and Senators (Jan. 21), Ottawa is 17-6-2 while Toronto has gone 5-17-3.

James Reimer gets the nod for the Leafs.

Elsewhere…

Blue Jackets at Flames: Sergei Bobrovsky vs. Karri Ramo

Canucks at Kings: Eddie Lack vs. Jonathan Quick

Capitals at Jets: Braden Holtby vs. Ondrej Pavelec

Rangers at Hurricanes: Cam Talbot vs. Anton Khudobin

Islanders at Devils: Jaroslav Halak vs. Cory Schneider

Bruins at Panthers: Tuukka Rask vs. Roberto Luongo

Sharks at Canadiens: Antti Niemi vs. Carey Price

Sabres at Predators: Matt Hackett vs. Pekka Rinne

Blackhawks at Stars: Corey Crawford vs. Kari Lehtonen

Penguins at Coyotes: Marc-Andre Fleury vs. Mike Smith

Flyers at Oilers: Steve Mason vs. Ben Scrivens

Video: Kesler’s OT winner gives Ducks the victory over rival Kings

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In a fiercely contested battle between California rivals on Wednesday, it was the Anaheim Ducks that came out ahead of the L.A. Kings. And it was Ryan Kesler’s milestone goal that pushed them to victory.

Kesler scored his 18th of the season and 200th career NHL goal, which was the game winner as the Ducks defeated the Kings by a final score of 3-2 in overtime.

Kesler, involved throughout this game, including trying to get under the skin of Marian Gaborik, was allowed to skate out from behind the net into a prime shooting position and beat Jonathan Quick with a wrist shot just 45 seconds into the extra period.

The Ducks trailed entering the third period. The first 40 minutes produced plenty of face-paced action and some massive hits, including the open-ice check Dustin Brown threw on Corey Perry, causing a melee near the benches.

But the Ducks scored twice in the first eight minutes of the third, including Jakob Silfverberg’s goal that gave Anaheim the lead. Quick was furious, as Ducks forward Nate Thompson went to the net on the rush, and it appeared the Kings’ goalie was blocked out for just a split second, and unable to get across to his left to make the save on Silfverberg.

The Kings move to within two points of the Vancouver Canucks for second place in the Pacific Division. But they also remain just one point up on the Calgary Flames.

The Canucks have a game in hand on both teams.

Video: Quick livid after Ducks third-period go-ahead goal

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L.A. Kings Jonathan Quick was not at all happy with the Anaheim Ducks second goal, which gave the hosts a 2-1 lead in the third period of Wednesday’s battle between the two California rivals.

Jakob Silfverberg scored the goal. Ducks forward Nate Thompson was going hard to the net in a battle with Jake Muzzin, and with Thompson’s left leg in the crease, Quick appeared to get blocked out from moving to his left for just a split second, which allowed Silfverberg plenty of room to find the net.

Quick was furious. He shot the puck down the ice and pushed the net even closer toward the end boards.

 

Goalie nods: Talbot gets another start for the Rangers, who aren’t surprised he’s been so good

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With an astounding .967 save percentage in his last six starts, Rangers goalie Cam Talbot will be back between the pipes tonight when the Blueshirts, still without starter Henrik Lundqvist, host the Chicago Blackhawks (on NBCSN).

Talbot’s latest triumph came Sunday when he stopped 38 of 39 Florida shots in a 2-1 victory.

Call his play surprising if you want, but the Rangers aren’t shocked.

“It didn’t surprise anybody in here,” d-man Marc Staal said after the Panthers game. “We’re excited for him to get an opportunity to show what he’s got on a consistent basis. He’s been very good for us as a backup. It’s his time to shine.”

No word yet who will start for the ‘Hawks. Corey Crawford made 38 saves last night in beating the Islanders at the United Center, so it could mean Scott Darling’s first appearance since Feb. 27.

Elsewhere…

Ben Scrivens for the Oilers at home to the Blue Jackets, who are likely to go with Curtis McElhinney.

John Gibson for the Ducks at home to the Kings, who are likely to go with Jonathan Quick.

Related: Andersen or Gibson — who starts for Anaheim in the playoffs?