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Kings Knock out Luongo, Canucks 5-3

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Luongo, schmongo. In their first playoff home win since April 27, 2002 against the Colorado Avalanche, the Kings’ special teams battered Canucks’ goalie Roberto Luongo and held on for the 5-3 win in regulation.

The Kings went 3-for-3 in power play opportunities with goals by Drew Doughty 11:00 in the first period and two by Michal Handzus at 4:06 and 11:31 in the second period.

“We’re moving the puck very crisply,” Kings’ head coach Terry Murray said. “We’ve got traffic. We’ve got shots. We’ve got good chemistry going on right now. And we’re having good results because of that.”

But things didn’t start well for the Kings. Despite the electric atmosphere by the 18,264 standing room only crowd at Staples Center, they gave up an early goal by Mason Raymond 2:09 into the game. With all of the Canucks on the left side of the zone and all of the Kings on the right, it was a goal seen a mile away.

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“It’s one of those things we knew they were going to come hard,” Anze Kopitar said. “They have some physical guys.”

Although he conceded, “Maybe the first couple of shifts we got caught up in the moment.”