December 31, 2011 6:50 pm

Game 39: Kings 4, Canucks 1 (FINAL)

Will the Kings send out 2011 with a victory or a loss against the Vancouver Canucks? All the action will be on Fox Sports West and on 1150-AM and affiliates, with all the game updates here as well…

THIRD PERIOD
In goal: It’s still Quick vs. Luongo.
Kings 4, Canucks 1: The Kings had been 2-for-44 on the power play, but they scored a huge power-play goal 9:33 into the third period. Slava Voynov found a little open ice and fired a wrist shot from the high slot. Justin Williams, in front of him, deflected the shot past Luongo. Jarret Stoll also got an assist.
End of period: The Kings outshot the Canucks 33-28 for the game.

SECOND PERIOD
In goal: It’s still Quick vs. Luongo.
Kings 2, Canucks 1: The Kings took the lead 8:20 into the second period. After a lengthy scramble around the Canucks’ net, during which nobody seemed quite sure where the puck was, Andrei Loktionov controlled it in the corner and fed a pass to Matt Greene at the right point. Greene fired a one-time that beat Luongo.
Kings 3, Canucks 1: Just nine seconds after the Kings killed off Mike Richards’ double-minor high-sticking penalty, they scored to take a two-goal lead. Jack Johnson passed to Justin Williams, who then did nicely in a tight space to find Anze Kopitar in the Canucks’ zone. Kopitar went 1-on-1 with Luongo in tight quarters and lifted a backhand shot over his pad with 6:52 remaining in the period.
End of period: The Canucks outshot the Kings 14-12 in the period, and threatened in the final two minutes, but the Kings held their two-goal lead at the end of a strong period.

FIRST PERIOD
In goal: It’s the Kings’ Jonathan Quick against the Canucks’ Roberto Luongo.
Canucks 1, Kings 0: The Kings came out with a new-look first line — Anze Kopitar centering Mike Richards and Dustin Brown — and on the game’s second shift, Jarret Stoll missed the net after a 1-on-1 look against Luongo. The Canucks didn’t miss their first scoring chance. Daniel Sedin, in the middle of the Kings’ zone, left a blind, backhand pass for Kevin Bieksa, who one-timed a shot past Quick just inside the near post at the 3:06 mark. Henrik Sedin also got an assist.
Kings 1, Canucks 1: The Kings tied the game at the 9:13 mark. Willie Mitchell passed right to Slava Voynov, who took the puck toward the net then took a tight-angle shot. Luongo made the save but couldn’t control the rebound. Brad Richardson jumped on the rebound and shot into Luongo’s pad, then got his own rebound and scored. Andrei Loktionov also got an assist.
End of period: The Kings outshot the Canucks 15-7 in the first period and, after they allowed the early goal, tied the game and had a handful of strong scoring chances over the final 10 minutes. Mike Richards had a 1-on-1 chance in front, with just over three minutes left, and hit the post.

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