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Kings Fail To Hold Lead, Fall to Canucks 6-4

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With a 3-2 lead going into the third period, the Kings failed to hold on allowing the Canucks to win the game 6-4 tying the playoff series at two games apiece.

The Canucks got back to what got them into the playoffs which was evident on the go-ahead goal: speed.

With both Wayne Simmonds and Anze Kopitar behind the Canucks’ net fighting for the puck, Simmonds as he was falling to the ice tried to lunge the puck over to Ryan Smyth. Henrik Sedin ended up with the puck and raced down the ice with his four linemates while the Kings were stuck in the Canucks’ zone. Without the numbers Kings’ goalie Jonathan Quick had almost no chance on Henrik Sedin’s wrister with less than three minutes left in regulation.

“They are a transition team,” Smyth said. “They thrive on that kind of stuff and it showed. We have got to eliminate the turnovers and the odd man rushes.”

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It was the Kings who were the dominant team in the first period battering the Canucks. They outhit Vancouver 21-11 had two takeaways. And yet again they capitalized on the power-play when Drew Doughty collapsed in front of the net and shot the puck in 13:26 in the period.

“I loved our start,” Kings head coach Terry Murray said. “The first period was exactly what we needed.”