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Canucks, Schneider shut out Kings 1-0

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LOS ANGELES -- It doesn't take much to beat the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings these days. One goal will do.

Vancouver needed just one early goal to cruise to a 1-0 win over the Kings on Saturday at Staples Center. Goaltender Cory Schneider notched his sixth career shutout via 20 saves.

Vancouver struck in the first period when Mason Raymond caught Kings rookie defenseman Jake Muzzin napping. Raymond got behind the defense and beat Jonathan Quick through the five-hole for a 1-0 lead at 11:06.

That was all the Canucks' offense needed and, with just 13 shots, they didn't have much.

"I had a great look," Raymond said. "We were able to capitalize on that and we didn't have a lot of shots. That was a heckuva game by Schneids."

The Kings didn't score, extending their scoreless streak to six straight periods.

The last time the Kings were shut out in back-to-back games was last February, in a 1-0 loss at Phoenix and a 1-0 loss at Calgary. The Kings went on to win the Stanley Cup.

"It's normal when you don't score to say you need to produce more shots," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. "... We need the odd one to go in."

The Kings dominated most of their last game against Dallas but allowed two third-period goals and got shut out by the Stars, 2-0. The Kings played well again Saturday, outshooting the Canucks 20-13, but couldn't score once again. They had one power play and got just one shot on goal out of it.

In the third period, the Kings came out aggressively, but Canucks goaltender Schneider was stingy. The Kings unraveled with two penalties. The Kings killed those two third-period penalties and another one, and the Kings had one power play and couldn't capitalize. Schneider was the difference.

"He was excellent," Vancouver coach Alan Vigneault said. "He made the key saves at the right time. There weren't a lot of shots from the opposition. Cory would be the first to credit the players in front of him for playing the type of road game we have to be playing, which is on the right side of the puck.

"You have to chip it in and chip it out and frustrate the opposition. When they do make a mistake, you have to try to capitalize on it. They didn't make a lot of mistakes, but we were able to capitalize on one and they weren't able to capitalize on any of ours."

Justin Williams was called for an interference penalty at 4:46 in the third period, which didn't help the Kings' cause, but the Kings killed that penalty. The Canucks got just two shots on goal out of that power play.

Not long after that, Dustin Penner was called for boarding at 9:06 against Christopher Tanev. The Kings killed that penalty, too.

But the Kings just can't find a way to score goals.

"We chased the game a little bit more than we should," Kings forward Jarret Stoll said. "I don't know if we out-chanced them or not, but it was pretty close. I wouldn't say we played bad. We just didn't find a way to win the game. We didn't find a way to get pucks on net when we had good scoring chances, that bear-down mentality to score."

Sutter scowled when asked if a trade was needed to help his struggling offense.

"You're way out of line asking coaches questions like that," Sutter said.

Schneider has been consistent lately and helped the Canucks win their third consecutive game.

"It was one of the harder 20-save efforts I've had," Schneider said.

"I have made 40 saves and not worked as hard as that. They crash the net, they screen, they throw pucks at the net. It makes life hard. They have some big bodies down there.

"I think our defensemen did a good job handling them down low and not giving them too much time in space. Our forwards came down and helped and cleared rebounds."

NOTES: On Friday, Vancouver D Alexander Edler was suspended by the NHL for two games for charging against goalie Phoenix goalie Mike Smith. He missed Saturday's game and will miss Vancouver's game against Colorado on Sunday. ... Kings coach Darryl Sutter was unusually critical of his top line of captain Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams in the team's previous loss. ... Vancouver has been hit hard by the injury bug. Manny Malhotra (eye) is out for the season, while Ryan Kesler (broken foot), David Booth (ankle) and Zach Kassian (back) are on injured reserve. ... The Kings and Canucks split their two earlier games this season. ... Last year, the Kings upended the top-seeded Canucks in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs, and the Kings went on to win their first Stanley Cup as the No. 8 seed.
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