The Stanley Cup rings fans received Monday night at Staples Center were replicas of the real thing. The Kings' comeback against the Vancouver Canucks was genuine — and reminiscent of the performances during their unlikely Cup drive last spring.
Jeff Carter lifted a backhander past goaltender Roberto Luongo for the only goal in the shootout, propelling the Kings to a 3-2 victory over the Canucks before an emotionally spent crowd. The triumph was the second this season for the Kings (2-2-1) and continued their dominance of the Canucks, whom they upset in the first round of the playoffs last spring.
"I think we're starting to understand that it's going to be a battle every night," winger Simon Gagne said. "We're the Stanley Cup champions and every team is going to play its best game against us. It's going to be a battle right to the end for us."
Kings defenseman Slava Voynov tied the score when his shot from the blue line snaked through a forest of bodies with 43.2 seconds left in the third period and goaltender Jonathan Quick replaced by an extra skater. It was the first time the Kings had scored with the goalie pulled since Nov. 10, 2011, also against Vancouver.
"You play resilient," Kings Coach Darryl Sutter said. "You've got to win games like that."
Jeff Carter's shootout goal lifts Kings past Canucks, 3-2
Los Angeles Times | Jan 29