The forward's power-play goal in the second period broke a 1-1 tie and provided the margin of victory in the Panthers' 2-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks. He poked the puck past Roberto Luongo during a flurry of shots. Said Goc after the game to the AP: "It wasn't a pretty one. It wasn't anything fancy, but it worked." Goc also assisted on the game-tying goal by Dmitry Kulikov about five minutes earlier in the second period.
The Kings have been struggling scoring goals lately. Where else would they turn for offensive support than Clifford, who hadn't scored a goal since Oct. 20? He tied the game at 1-1 in the first period with his second of the season, and then had the primary assist on Jack Johnson's insurance goal in the second period to help the Kings to a 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals. Clifford finished at a plus-2.
No. 3 Star: Marcus Johansson, Washington Capitals
One of the lone bright spots for the Caps, Johansson scored 1:34 into the first period and then had a layup off a Kings' defensive breakdown in the third period to give him nine goals on the season.
Honorable mention: Anze Kopitar, Jarret Stoll and Justin Williams had the other goals for the Kings. Jonathan Bernier made 20 saves. … Dale Weise opened the scoring for the Canucks in the first. … Scott Clemmensen made 25 saves.
Did you know? Jack Johnson honored a certain Denver quarterback after his goal. No, not Jake Plummer, the other guy.
Dishonorable mention: Tomas Vokoun was yanked for the third period after giving up four goals on 27 shots. … The Caps and Canucks were 0-3 on the power play. … Alex Burrows took an interference penalty with 29 seconds left in the game to give Florida a power play. … Brooks Laich was a minus-2 and gave away a goal to the Kings with a turnover in his own zone.
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