x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

NHL: Los Angeles Kings back on track after shootout win over Cannucks

Jeff Carter fired the Stanley Cup holders to victory with their first power-play goal fo the season to secure a comeback victory over Vancouver.

Vancouver's Jordan Schroeder and Simon Gagne of the LA Kings battle for the puck.
Vancouver's Jordan Schroeder and Simon Gagne of the LA Kings battle for the puck.

Jeff Carter scored Los Angeles' first power-play goal of the season and added the only score in the shoot-out, leading the Kings to a 3-2 comeback victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

Slava Voynov had tied the scores with 43.2 seconds left in regulation time for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who have won two straight after an 0-2-1 start. Jonathan Quick stopped 21 shots for the Kings, including all three Vancouver attempts in the shoot-out.

Roberto Luongo made 26 saves for Vancouver, which went 1-1-1 on a three-game California road trip. Zack Kassian scored his fourth goal of the season, and Alex Burrows also scored in a rematch of the clubs' stunning playoff series last spring.

Luongo was sharp in his second start since losing his job to Cory Schneider, and Los Angeles struggled offensively through 59 frustrating minutes until pulling Quick for an extra attacker. Voynov teed up a shot from the point that found a hole in heavy traffic, wobbling past Luongo for the Russian defenseman's first goal of the season.

After a scoreless overtime, Quick easily stopped Burrows, Alexander Edler and Kassian, while Carter beat Luongo in the third shoot-out round.

Zdeno Chara had a goal and two assists as the Boston Bruins pulled away in the last two minutes to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3.

David Krejci scored the go-ahead goal with 1:50 remaining, before Tyler Seguin added an empty-net effort with eight seconds to play.

Brad Marchand and Nathan Horton also scored for the North-east Division leaders, who remained unbeaten in regulation.

It was the Stanley Cup champions' second straight win after opening with three defeats.

Keith Yandle had a goal and an assist and Chad Johnson registered his first NHL shutout as the Phoenix Coyotes eased past the Nashville Predators 4-0.

Antoine Vermette, Laurie Korpikoski and Nick Johnson also scored for the Predators.

Elsewhere, the Edmonton Oilers beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 and the Columbus Blue Jackets were 2-1 winners over the Dallas Stars.

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