- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 14, 2009

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA (AP) - Henrik Sedin scored twice in a 30-second span midway through a wild third period, and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-2 on Friday night.

Sedin’s outburst came less than a minute and a half after the Kings tied it on goals by Alexander Frolov and Anze Kopitar 26 seconds apart, the later on a harmless wrist shot off the left boards during a 3-on-2 rush.

Somehow it went past Roberto Luongo on the short side, but Sedin bailed out his goaltender a short while later, driving hard to the backdoor to convert a nice passing play from Pavol Demitra and Ryan Kesler off the rush.

It was Sedin’s first goal in nine games, and the 100th goal of his career. He added No. 101 on the next shift, spinning into a pair of defenders in the high slot before getting away a quick shot that seemed to handcuff Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, slipping in between his blocker and his body.

Alex Burrows and Mats Sundin scored in a first period dominated by Vancouver, and Luongo finished with 24 saves to avenge a 3-2 loss in Los Angeles on Monday night.

The Canucks also lost in overtime in Anaheim on Wednesday night, but have won eight straight at home, staying one point ahead of Columbus in fifth place in the tight Western Conference playoff race. Vancouver lost nine straight at home through the end of January, but hasn’t lost at GM Place since.

Quick finished with 28 saves for the Kings, who hadn’t played since their win over Vancouver on Monday. Quick only needed 20 saves to beat the Canucks that night, but saw that many shots in the first period alone on Friday.

Despite outshooting Los Angeles 20-3 in that opening period, Vancouver was fortunate to be up even 2-0. Quick made several great saves before getting caught behind his own goal on a dump in that caromed off his stick and back in front, leaving Burrows with an empty net midway through the period.

Sundin doubled the lead on a 5-on-3 power play after another tough break for quick with two minutes left in the first. Quick got a shoulder on Kevin Bieksa’s one-timer from the top of the faceoff circle, but the rebound bounced straight up and over his head, landing near the goal line for Sundin to tap in.

It was the first loss in four games for the Kings, but their fifth straight on the road, where they are 13-16-1 this season. That’s not a good sign for a team that remains five points out of the last playoff spot in the west, and plays 11 of its final 15 games away from home, starting in San Jose on Saturday night.

Notes:@ The Canucks announced a crowd of 18,630 _ their 249th straight sellout _ despite pickets outside GM Place and limited food and beverage options inside after more than 700 food and beverage workers employed by Aramark Sports and Entertainment went on strike. … Burrows, who is playing on the top line with Daniel and Henrik Sedin, has six goals in his last six games and continues to add to his career-best goal total with 21. … Canucks RW Jannik Hansen is back at practice after breaking a finger Feb. 19, and could return early next week. … Kings D Sean O’Donnell played his 999th career game. LW Raitis Ivanans returned after missing five games with an upper body injury, with Kyle Calder coming out.

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