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Kings 3, Canucks 2 (OT)

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Center Anze Kopitar's goal 48 seconds into overtime gave the Los Angeles Kings a 3-2 comeback win over the Vancouver Canucks in NHL action Monday night.

The Kings (16-6-3) earned their first victory in three games while the Canucks (12-9-5) suffered their seventh loss in eight outings.

Kopitar put in defenseman Slava Voynov's pass from behind the net, helping the Kings overcome a 2-1 third-period deficit.

Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo recorded 36 saves as the Canucks outshot the Kings 39-22. L.A. counterpart Ben Scrivens finished with 21 saves.

The Canucks scored on one of eight power plays while the Kings were denied on two.

Left winger Kyle Clifford and center Mike Richards also scored for the Kings.

Defenseman Chris Tanev and center Henrik Sedin tallied for the Canucks.

Clifford opened the scoring at 13:50 of the first period as he deked Luongo after taking a pass on a two-on-one with right winger Linden Vey against Canucks defenseman Jason Garrison.

Luongo prevented the Kings from increasing their lead late in the first, stopping a one-timer by right winger Jason Williams shortly after he came out of the penalty box. The Kings outshot the Canucks 13-11 in the first period, but L.A. had many more dangerous chances while Vancouver was forced to shoot mainly from the perimeter.

Sedin, the Canucks captain, was shaken up midway through a penalty-filled second period as he was sandwiched between center Jordan Nolan and center Jarret Stoll. But Sedin stayed in the game.

Tanev created a 1-1 tie at 17:04 of the middle frame as he gloved down a pass from left winger Chris Higgins and put in a wrist shot from the point. The goal was Tanev's first of the season and only the third of his NHL career.

Until then, it looked like a fight between Vancouver defenseman Ryan Stanton and Nolan was going to be the highlight.

Henrik Sedin put the Canucks ahead 2-1 on a power play at 6:59 of the third period as he put in a pass from his twin brother Daniel. After deflecting a Henrik pass into Scrivens' pads, Daniel grabbed the rebound and sent the puck back to his sibling. Henrik then whipped the puck home and, in a rare show of emotion, knelt and pumped his fist in celebration as he circled the net.

Luongo preserved Vancouver's lead with just under eight minutes left in regulation time as he stopped one shot and then slid across his crease to get his right leg on Nolan's one-time off the rebound.

But Richards pulled the Kings even with just under three minutes left in regulation time. Defenseman Jeff Carter, playing his first game since late October after recovering from a foot injury, assisted on the marker.

NOTES: Canucks LW Daniel Sedin lost a tooth when he was high-sticked by Jake Muzzin 21 seconds into the second period. Muzzin only received a minor penalty although some blood was visible in Sedin's mouth as held the tooth and showed it to a referee. Sedin stayed on the ice for the ensuing power play. ... Kings C Jeff Carter returned to the lineup after missing 10 games since Oct. 30 with a foot injury. Meanwhile, G Jonathan Quick (groin) was placed on injured reserve. ... Canucks RW David Booth returned to action after being scratched for three straight games. He replaced C Jeremy Welsh, who was scratched despite scoring his first NHL goal two games ago. ... L.A. backup G Martin Jones, a North Vancouver, B.C., native, who was promoted recently from Manchester of the AHL as a result of Quick's injury, dressed for an NHL game in his hometown rink for the first time.

NOTES: Canucks LW Daniel Sedin lost a tooth when he was high-sticked by Jake Muzzin 21 seconds into the middle period. Muzzin only received a minor penalty although some blood was visible in Sedin's mouth as he showed he held the tooth that was knocked out and showed it to a referee. Sedin stayed on the ice for the ensuing power play. ... Kings C Jeff Carter returned to the lineup after missing 10 games games since Oct. 30 with a foot injury. Meanwhile, G Jonathan Quick (groin) was placed on injured reserve. ... Canucks RW David Booth returned to action after being scratched for three straight games. He replaced C Jeremy Welsh, who was scratched despite scoring his first NHL goal two games ago. ... L.A. backup G Martin Jones, a North Vancouver, B.C., native, who was promoted from Manchester of the AHL as a result of Quick's injury, dressed for an NHL game in his hometown rink for the first time.
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