Before I forget, happy 40th anniversary Vancouver Canucks. Thanks for inviting us. Sorry to ruin your party.
Now, here is what the Canadian media had to say about last night’s game. Click on each link for the full article.
VANCOUVER – Turning 40 is never easy, as the Vancouver Canucks demonstrated Saturday night.
The Canucks’ 40th birthday party started out with a bang at Rogers Arena when the team named Henrik Sedin its new captain in an emotional pre-game ceremony. And for most of the night, it looked like it might end well, too.
But just like they did 40 years ago, the Los Angeles Kings ruined what was supposed to be a feel-good evening for the Canucks.
Justin Williams forced overtime with a power-play goal late in the third period and the Kings got shootout goals from Anze Kopitar and Jack Johnson as they beat the Canucks 2-1 in the regular season-opener for both teams.
“Obviously, it was a hard-fought game both ways and it came down to a shootout,” said Canuck goalie Roberto Luongo. “When we get into those types of situations it can go either way and unfortuantely it didn’t go our way tonight. It was a playoff type atmosphere tonight and a fun game to be a part of.”
VANCOUVER – Not only did the Vancouver Canucks spoil his playoff dream last spring but there was Anze Kopitar sitting in the dressing room Saturday night with a mouthful of stitches.
His face might have been numb but the Los Angeles Kings’ centre said there was no feeling of revenge or vindication after helping his youthful club to a 2-1 NHL shootout win.
“It was more of a boost for (Sunday), to get off to a good start to the season with the win, getting the confidence with the young guys coming into the league,” said Kopitar, who came back from a high stick to score the decisive shootout goal.
“I’m sure they feel a little better after a win than they would after a loss.”
VANCOUVER — Anze Kopitar and Jack Johnson scored shootout goals Saturday night as the Los Angeles Kings beat the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 in the NHL season-opener for both clubs.
Kopitar deked and beat Canuck netminder Roberto Luongo on the backhand before Johnson scored with a shot to the stick side. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick made Mason Raymond miss and blocked Ryan Kesler’s shot.
Luongo was solid with six saves as the Canucks had to kill a 4-on-3 power play in overtime.
He was particularly sharp as Kings sniper Kopitar and Drew Doughty fired from the face-off circles. One puck hit Canuck defender Dan Hamhuis and glanced off the post.
The teams forged a 1-1 regulation tie by converting power-play chances.
Justin Williams evened the score for the Kings with 4:05 remaining in the third period when he backhanded a loose puck behind Luongo.
The Vancouver goalie got a glove on a shot by Michael Handzus while Ryan Kesler was serving an interference penalty but failed to control the puck, leaving the shot open for Williams.
The Los Angeles Kings spoiled the Vancouver Canucks’ opening night, just as they did 40 years ago.
After a lengthy pre-game ceremony commemorating Vancouver’s 40th season in the NHL, Jack Johnson scored the shootout winner and Jonathan Quick made 23 saves as the Kings beat the Canucks 2-1 in their home opener Saturday.
Los Angeles did the same thing 40 years ago during Vancouver’s debut in the NHL, beating the Canucks 3-1 that night.
Just as they did during a close first-round series (which the Canucks won 4-2) in last year’s Stanley Cup playoffs, the Kings played Vancouver tight throughout the contest Saturday, which saw both goals scored on the man advantage in regulation time.
Christian Ehrhoff gave the Canucks a 1-0 lead at 11:58 of the second, and for a while it looked like that was all the scoring Vancouver needed, as Roberto Luongo turned away everything Los Angeles threw at him.
But with four minutes to go, Justin Williams scored to even the contest after Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler took a late interference penalty.
“They booted us out of our ultimate dream last year and we kind of spoiled their opening night here tonight and we’re happy for that,” Williams said.