KINGS CLING TO WIN OVER CANUCKS
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FINAL SCORE: LOS ANGELES 5, VANCOUVER 4
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky scored twice on the power play in a 53-second span of the first period and the Los Angeles Kings withstood a late Vancouver rally to beat the Canucks 5-4 Thursday night.
Jeff Cowan and Craig Conroy scored 16 seconds apart in the third period to give Los Angeles a 5-1 cushion and drive Vancouver goaltender Dan Cloutier to the bench with 16:40 remaining.
Todd Bertuzzi scored about four minutes later and Markus Naslund had two goals in a 55-second stretch to cut the Kings' lead to 5-4 with 2:47 remaining. Daniel Sedin scored in the second period to snap a 10-game goal drought for the Canucks.
Pavol Demitra had three assists and Mathieu Garon made 32 saves in his fourth consecutive start while Jason LaBarbara has been attending to personal matters. Alexander Frolov had two assists, giving the Frolov-Conroy-Demitra 26 goals and 38 assists over the last 14 games.
Michael Cammalleri added a power-play goal for Los Angeles.
The three man-advantage goals were a season high for the Kings, who outshot Vancouver 12-1 over the first 12 1/2 minutes while taking a 2-0 lead.
Visnovsky, who hadn't scored a goal in six games since his hat trick at Dallas on Nov. 2, connected again with 12 seconds still left on an interference penalty against Mattias Ohlund. Frolov earned his 100th NHL point on the play, setting up Visnovsky with a pass through the crease.
The Kings capitalized on their next power play. Ohlund, playing in his 500th NHL game, fanned on an attempted clearing pass from the right corner of the Vancouver zone. Demitra jumped on the loose puck and passed to Cammalleri, who made a move to sidestep defenseman Richard Park and scored on a screened wrist shot from the slot at 1:38 of the second period.
The Canucks, who killed off all eight San Jose power plays in Wednesday's 3-1 victory, cut the Kings' lead to 3-1 at 16:12 of the middle period as Sedin got a perfect cross-ice pass at the right of the crease from brother Daniel.
Notes: The MLS champion Los Angeles Galaxy assembled at the visiting bench during the first intermission and were saluted by the sellout crowd. Midfielder Mamba Chisoni held the MLS Cup while riding the Zamboni. ... Canucks C Trevor Linden has not had a goal or an assist in 19 of his first 20 games. ... Naslund, who was beaten out by Peter Forsberg for the scoring title on the final day of the 2003 season, has more points than any player since the start of that season (191).