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LAst Night's Action: Kings Take 2-0 Series Lead over Vancouver

This is what the Kings and Kings' fans hope to see a lot at the STAPLES Center this season. (LAist/Jimmy Bramlett)
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LA Kings defeat Vancouver Canucks 4-2. I don't know what to say. I understood why the Kings won Game 1 with the Canucks all but being no-shows. But Game 2?

The Kings did not play well in Game 2, but they got timely scoring: two short-handed goals from the Captain Dustin Brown, the first by a King in the playoffs. Jarret Stoll added a power-play goal midway in the third period, and Trevor Lewis added the back breaker late in the third.

The game was all about goalie Jonathan Quick who made 46 saves, 22 in the final 20 minutes.

Vancouver has never come back from a 0-2 series deficit, and the only other time the Kings had a 2-0 series lead they lost the series in seven games to the Minnesota North Stars in 1968. Basically, the Kings need to focus on winning at home.

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New York Yankees defeat LA Angels 5-0. Just when Yankee fans were ready to run former Dodgers' starter Hiroki Kuroda out of town after his first losing start in Tampa Bay, Kuroda atoned himself in the Yankees' home opener by shutting down the Angels' offense through eight innings.

Ervin Santana, however, didn't fare so well despite striking out Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson to lead off the bottom of the first inning. A single to Alex Rodriguez and walks to Robinson Cano and Mark Teixeira to load the bases led to a singular bad thing: a bases clearing double by Nick Swisher.

Santana was tagged for all five Yankees' runs in his six innings of work. Jason Isringhausen pitched an inning of scoreless relief while David Carpenter making his Major League debut also pitched an inning of scoreless relief. Yes, the bullpen came through on a day that the starting pitching and offense didn't.

LA Lakers defeat Denver Nuggets 103-97. Andrew Bynum had 30 points and eight rebounds while leading the Lakers to yet another victory without Kobe Bryant. Matt Barnes added 24 points and 10 rebounds off the bench, while Pau Gasol and Ron Artest had 14 points apiece.

LA Dodgers defeat San Diego Padres 9-8. Aaron Harang set a Dodger franchise record with nine consecutive strikeouts, but it was Andre Ethier's walk-off walk in the bottom of the ninth inning that gave the Dodgers the victory.

LA Angels at New York Yankees. 10:05 a.m. FOX, AM 830 KLAA.
San Diego Padres at LA Dodgers. 6:10 p.m. FS Prime Ticket, AM 570 KLAC.
Golden State Warriors at LA Clippers. 12:30 p.m. FS Prime Ticket, AM 980 KFWB.
Chivas USA at Toronto FC. 1:30 p.m. FSWest.
Portland Timbers at LA Galaxy. 7:30 p.m. KDOC.