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The Key Three: April 15

Three key aspects of the Kings' 1-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks

Monday, 04.16.2012 / 11:00 AM / Los Angeles Kings | News
By Rich Hammond
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The Key Three: April 15
Three key aspects of the Kings’ 1-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks...

1. QUICK SHUTS THE DOOR
After games such as Game 3, talk of Jonathan Quick winning the Vezina Trophy seems pretty silly. When Quick plays like that, the talk should be about him winning the Hart Trophy. With any less of a performance from Quick last night, the Kings would have lost the game, and there’s really nothing more pertinent to add. Quick made 41 saves and was huge on the penalty kill, particularly in the second period when the Canucks were all over the Kings. Even late in the third period, when he had to be exhausted and with the Canucks applying pressure in a desperate attempt to tie the game, Quick looked poised and confident as he tracked the puck and made stops.

2. CAPTAIN RIGHTS THE SHIP (TWICE)
Trains on the Bothnia Line run through Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, home of Henrik Sedin. If Sedin stepped it front of one of those trains, he probably wouldn’t be hit with as much force as Dustin Brown delivered in the second period last night. Brown leveled Sedin with a clean, devastating hit in front of the Vancouver bench, a hit that seemed to bring some life into the Kings’ game. Then, of course, Brown scored another huge goal, his fourth goal of the series. Brown found himself alone to the side of the Canucks net and knocked in a rebound. Brown played extremely well over the final six weeks of the regular season, and has found a way to elevate his game further.

3. PENALTY KILL COMES THROUGH AGAIN

Every time the Canucks went on the power play, it brought a feeling of, ``This will be the one.’’ The Canucks put great pressure on the Kings in the offensive zone throughout the game, and seemed poised to break through at some point with the man advantage, but it never happened. The Kings went 4-for-4 on the penalty kill and are 14-for-14 in the series. Quick made a couple great stops, but the Kings also allowed the Canucks a total of only three shots on goal in 4 minutes, 53 seconds, of power-play time. The Canucks had good entries and good puck movement, but the Kings blocked some shots and, in general, maintained great positioning on the penalty kill.