-With the end result not as important as avoiding injury and returning to Los Angeles healthier than when they stepped off the plane in Vancouver, the Kings lost a frustrating 2-1 game to the Canucks in which their recent proclivity to surrender leads raised more alarm than any questionable judgments made the officials. In their last 13 games, the Kings have allowed game-tying goals in the third period six times. Of the seven games in which they did not surrender a third period lead, they were unable to hold on to a two-goal lead against Toronto, allowed two quick Pittsburgh strikes that erased a two-goal second period lead, and failed to capitalize on a second period lead in San Jose. This is an immediate turnaround from a team that had established itself as perhaps the best third period team in the league and one of the most difficult NHL teams to come from behind against. This is still the regular season, and it’s natural to believe once the games begin to matter once again that these late-season swoons will be little more than historical footnotes in the 2013-14 season. For the sake of the record books, the Kings will need to win two of their final three games to set the franchise wins mark, an opportunity that hasn’t been helped by this recent stretch.

VANCOUVER, BC - APRIL 5:  Slava Voynov #26 of the Los Angeles Kings celebrates his first goal in 60 games when he tallied against the Vancouver Canucks during their NHL game at Rogers Arena April 5, 2014 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by

After a quiet and uneventful 30 minutes took place without incident, the game turned into an overofficiated display of special teams time that curiously ended abruptly when Alex Edler sent Marian Gaborik to the ice three strides after the Kings forward had chipped the puck off the boards into the offensive zone, one minute prior to Brad Richardson’s game-winning goal. The puck was 15 feet away from Gaborik when Edler was not whistled for what was textbook interference. Though there were no dividends to be paid from the game, try explaining that to Jonathan Quick, whose two-handed slam of his goalie stick on the crossbar was a fine illustration of his competitive nature and desire to win every game regardless of any surrounding circumstances. In a game that had no bearing on anything, save for the team’s ultimate standing in its record books, that’s a completely acceptable outpouring of emotion.

Though the Kings would have liked to have had a late third period power play, Vancouver was the better team on Saturday night after Los Angeles opened with a strong 20 minutes. The Kings were out-shot 29-14 over the final 40 and while the scoring chances were much narrower, they still appeared to be slightly in favor of the home side.

Los Angeles Kings v Vancouver Canucks

It was a classy move by the players to have Andrew Campbell lead the team onto the ice and take a pair of laps on the fresh sheet before they joined him for warm-ups. I was on the bench when this happened, and Campbell – who let out a few yells as he skated – had a huge smile that barely eclipsed the one that Jonathan Quick flashed as he watched him. Congratulations to Campbell, who was also featured on Hockey Night in Canada, for debuting after 444 regular season and playoff games with AHL-Manchester. The pace of the game was a challenge to adjust to, but he was fine. On his first shift he blocked a centering pass during a late-developing two-on-two Vancouver rush, and though he was on the ice for Richardson’s goal, the game-winner came as the result of a fortunate chip by David Booth right onto the stick of an oncoming, unmarked Zack Kassian, who fed over to the right circle to Richardson.

VANCOUVER, BC - APRIL 5:  Matt Greene #2 of the Los Angeles Kings, with blood on his skate after blocking a shot, falls on Ryan Kesler #17 of the Vancouver Canucks in front of Jonathan Quick #32 of the Kings during their NHL game at Rogers Arena April 5,

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#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

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#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

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#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

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Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

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#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

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#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

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#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

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Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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