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LOS ANGELES -- Rookie right winger Tyler Toffoli scored two goals and center Mike Richards added a goal and two assists as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-1 on Saturday night.

Goalie Jonathan Quick stopped 25 shots for the Kings (11-6-0), who won for the 10th time in their last 14 games.

Los Angeles blitzed Vancouver with a three-goal barrage within a 2:33 span of the second period that forced Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo from the game.

Richards, Toffoli and right winger Justin Williams capitalized on uncharacteristic sloppy Canucks play that gave the Kings an insurmountable 5-1 lead heading into the third period.

The final goal for the trio was Toffoli's second of the night and the first time he has scored since being recalled from the Kings' Manchester AHL affiliate three games ago.

Vancouver sliced the margin in half when Vancouver defenseman Dan Hamhuis atoned for an early error and blasted a slap shot past Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick at 8:52 of the second period.

It was only the third regulation road win for the Canucks (11-6-2) in 12 games this season. Netminder Eddie Lack stopped 13 of 14 shots in relief of Luongo.

With the team each short a man, the Kings doubled their lead at 19:50 of the first period. Richards broke out of his own zone on an odd-man rush. Kings defenseman Drew Doughty then fed Toffoli, who batted the pass past Luongo at 19:50 of the first period.

The Kings scored first on a turnover by Hamhuis, who fumbled the puck at the Los Angeles blue line that led to a three-one-two rush that was finished by right winger Jordan Nolan. He converted a feed from rookie center Linden Vey at 12:23 of the first period.

NOTES: Vancouver entered the game with the NHL's second best penalty kill with a success rate of 88.5 percent. They finished eighth overall on the penalty kill last season with a 84 percent rate. ... The game marked the return to Staples Center of former Kings C Brad Richardson, who signed a two-year deal with Vancouver after spending five seasons with Los Angeles. ... Through the first 18 games of the season, the Canucks produced more wins than any other NHL team when their opponent scores first (6-3-1). ... The Kings embark on a four-game, six-day Eastern road trip starting Tuesday with a rematch against the Sabres in Buffalo. ... Kings C Anze Kopitar entered the game with 11 points (4G, 7A) in his last eight games. ... It was a good night for Kings rookies with Vey getting his first NHL point on an assist and Toffoli scoring his first two goals.
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