Canucks 7, Kings 4
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP)—Alexandre Burrows had the biggest night of his life in the Vancouver Canucks’ biggest game of the season.
After going 21 games without a goal, Burrows scored two of his three during a 3-minute span late in the second period and the Canucks rallied to beat the Los Angeles Kings 7-4 on Monday night.
“Right now every night is the biggest game of my life down the stretch,” said Burrows, a 24-year-old rookie who started the season on a tryout with Vancouver’s AHL affiliate and didn’t sign with the Canucks until a month into the season.
Monday he kept their dreams of extending that season alive, helping Vancouver move into a seventh-place tie with Edmonton in the Western Conference, three points up on the 10th-place Kings.
After Vancouver blew a lead in the period, Burrows tied it with 5:50 left, banging in a rebound of his own deflection. Brendan Morrison gave the Canucks the lead with 3:17 to go in the period on a backdoor play, and Burrows added his second of the game 32 seconds later.
“Every game is huge for us and for me especially,” said Burrows, whose second goal beat Mathieu Garon from the slot after Todd Bertuzzi turned Kings defenseman Nathan Dempsey inside out with a spin move in the corner.
Burrows completed his first career hat trick midway through the third when a centering pass bounced off Garon and Burrows, hit a Kings’ defender and went in, sending a sellout crowd of 18,630 to its feet while hats rained down on the ice.
“It might have went off my jersey. I didn’t think it touched me, but once the hats were all over the ice, maybe they couldn’t turn it around,” Burrows said. “First year in the NHL and every game is like, `I can’t believe it, a real dream come true.”’
Richard Park, who was a healthy scratch for five straight games, also scored in the third period to help the Canucks win for the third time in four games.
“We’re playing with a lot more confidence and winning does that,” Bertuzzi said of a Canucks team that had lost six of seven before the latest streak. “I like where our heads are at and we just got to keep with it.”
Mark Parrish had two goals, and Tom Kostopoulos and Michael Cammalleri also scored for the Kings, who fell to 1-1 since interim head coach John Torchetti took over behind the bench after Andy Murray was fired last week.
After falling behind late in the first period, Los Angeles came out flying early in the second, scoring twice to take the lead and, it appeared, control of the game. The Kings were outshooting Vancouver 10-2 with six minutes left in the second before the Canucks began to control the play with hard work down low.
“We played a solid 14 minutes but the bottom line is you got to play 60 minutes, it’s a playoff atmosphere and we’ve got to do a better job,” Torchetti said. “We’ve got to play a lot better defensively in our own end.
The game started ominously for the Kings’ new coach with a penalty for too many men on the ice 19 seconds in, but Vancouver continued to struggle on the power play, managing just one shot on three early power plays.
Kostopoulos opened the scoring with 2:27 left in the first period, but Anson Carter and Daniel Sedin took turns setting each other up for power-play goals 46 seconds apart before the end of the period. Carter has a career-high 29 goals.
The Kings took advantage of a two-man advantage of their own 1:49 in the second period with Parrish scoring just after the first penalty expired. Parrish added his second on a nifty tip while driving the net 2 minutes later, and Los Angeles appeared to be in control of the game.
But the Canucks switched up their lines, splitting up top wingers Bertuzzi and Naslund, and took over off the cycle. Bertuzzi was in front on Burrow’s first goal, and Naslund played keep away from the Kings for most of an entire shift before starting the play that led to Morrison’s goal.
“When the score is like that it’s an opportunity to get your confidence going, said Bertuzzi, who has nine points in his last six games.
Alex Auld made 34 saves for Vancouver, and Garon stopped 25 of 32 shots.
Canucks LW Matt Cooke had to be helped off the ice midway through the second period after a big hit by Kings winger Dustin Brown left him crumpled on the ice bleeding from the nose. Cooke said after the game his nose wasn’t broken. … Los Angeles will continue its three-game trip in Calgary on Wednesday night and Edmonton on Thursday night. … Vancouver hosts Minnesota on Wednesday and Friday nights before playing its final seven games against five other teams fighting for the final playoff spot. … Kings C Jeremy Roenick is expected to be out two weeks after chipping a bone in his ankle while blocking a shot during a win over Nashville Saturday. He could be back for the final three games.