The hockey players of Los Angeles, who won a series of victories after the All-Star break, this time had to admit defeat against Vancouver on their home ice. The latter won 2:3 after penalty kicks. Anže Kopitar did not register among the scorers or passers.
After the opening period it was 1:1, and in the second period Carl Grundström took care of the hosts’ first lead. The visitors managed to equalize and force overtime after Elias Pettersson scored more goals in the last period with a man advantage. There was no decision in overtime, but Andrej Kuzmenko and JT Miller were successful in penalty kicks for Vancouver.
Thatcher Demko also has a lot of credit for the Canucks’ success, making 38 saves.
The Kings will play 12 more games until the end of the regular season. Their next one is on Tuesday night when they host Calgary.
Edmonton defeated Seattle 4:6 away from home. Evander Kane scored his second hat-trick of the season. Boston, the leading team of the Eastern Conference, was also successful on the road, defeating Minnesota 2:5. Brad Marchand had three assists, and David Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron each had a goal and an assist for Boston.
Matches on March 18:LOS ANGELES – VANCOUVER ** 2:3 (1:1, 1:0, 0:1) Edler 17th, Grundström 37th; Boeser 11., Pettersson 52. Free kicks (0:2): Kuzmenko, Miller
DETROIT – COLORADO 1:5 MINNESOTA – BOSTON 2:5 NASHVILLE – WINNIPEG * 2:3 PHILADELPHIA – CAROLINA * 4:5 SEATTLE – EDMONTON 4:6 FLORIDA – NEW JERSEY 4:2 TAMPA BAY – MONTREAL 5:3 OTTAWA – TORONTO ** 4:5NY RANGERS – PITTSBURGH 6:0 ARIZONA – CHICAGO 4:2 SAN JOSE – NY ISLANDERS 1:4 CALGARY – DALLAS
* – in extra time ** – penalty kicks
Matches on March 19: BUFFALO – BOSTON MINNESOTA – WASHINGTONVEGAR – COLUMBUS NY RANGERS – NASHVILLEST. LOUIS – WINNIPEG TAMPA BAY – NEW JERSEYANAHEIM – VANCOUVER