Recap: Canucks 5, Kings 2
Canucks 5, Kings 2: Mason Raymond's transition to center didn't work out in the faceoff circles, but it paid dividends on the scoreboard as host Vancouver snapped Los Angeles' five-game winning streak.Raymond, linemate Jannik Hansen and defenseman Dan Hamhuis each recorded a goal and an assist for the Canucks, who won at home for the first time in four games. Daniel Sedin also scored, Chris Higgins added an empty-net goal and Cory Schneider made 28 saves for his sixth win of the season.Justin Williams and Jordan Nolan tallied for the Kings, who defeated the Canucks 3-2 in a shootout at home on Jan. 28. Jonathan Quick stopped 19 shots en route to his first loss in four starts.Raymond was 1-for-9 on faceoffs but gave Vancouver a 2-1 lead midway through the second period, when he took a pass from Hansen in full stride and beat Quick with a wrist shot from the slot. Shortly after Nolan took advantage of a miscue by Schneider to tie the game, Sedin scored his eighth goal of the season on a 2-on-1 with brother Henrik, and Hansen increased the lead before the end of the session.Los Angeles' Jeff Carter, who entered with a five-game goal-scoring streak, finished minus-3 with two shots. The Kings did dominate on faceoffs, winning 62 percent of the draws.GAME NOTEBOOK: Canucks Fs Ryan Kesler and Manny Malhotra are both out with injuries, which necessitated the need for Raymond's move to center. … Nolan fought Canucks LW Tom Sestito midway through the first period. Sestito was claimed off waivers from Philadelphia on Friday. … C Henrik Sedin and LW Alex Burrows finished with two assists apiece for Vancouver.
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