The Vancouver Canucks continued their road trip with a stop at the Staples Center to take on reigning Stanley Cup Champions the LA Kings. The Canucks were once again with Zack Kassian, David Booth, Ryan Kesler and Alexander Edler who was serving a two game suspension for charing Coyotes net minder Mike Smith. On the back of two impressive performances Cory Schneider got his third start in a row.
Vancouver started the day even on points with division rival Minnesota Wild and needing a win to keep up the chase for the North West title and a top three seed. For the sixth game in a row the Canucks opened the scoring 11:06 into the game with another wonderful pass by Jordan Schroeder who found Mason Raymond in behind the Kings defence and wristed a shot through the legs of Quick.
The second period was a dual in the middle of the ice, with both sides not wanting to give an inch. It was a tense opening three minutes until Chris Higgins gave the Kings a chance to tie it up on the powerplay. Both teams then traded powerplays but both teams came up empty handed has Vancouver’s powerplay problems seem to be coming back.
The third period was another tough battle as LA looked for the goal to tie the game up and Vancouver was looking for some insurance. The Kings discipline let them down giving away two penalties within minutes of each other, although the Canucks did not capitalize on the man advantage it helped kill valuable time as Vancouver looked to hold onto the lead. The Canucks held firm for third straight win and keep the pressure on Minnesota for the top spot in the North West Division.