(LOS ANGELES) — If the Vancouver Canucks are going to get back to the NHL Finals, they better get it together quick. Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick stopped all 41 shots he faced as the Kings shutout the Canucks, 1-0, leaving the Kings one win away from eliminating this years President Trophy winner.
Kings’ captain Dustin Brown scored the lone goal of the game, and his fourth goal of the series.
“This team has been trying to put pieces together for the last six years,” Brown said. “It’s been a long road, and I really think it’s only just starting for us. Going into the series, did this group believe we could beat them? Definitely. We never thought we were going to be up 3-0 in a series against a team that’s pretty well dominated this league for the last two years. Still, it’s three games, and it takes four to win.”
Canucks coach Alex Vigneault started backup Corey Schneider in goal in place of Roberto Luongo.
Schneider gave a valiant effort, stopping 19 shots.
“Playing against that team, sometimes you have to be perfect,” Schneider said. “You have to try to win a game 1-0 against them, and unfortunately, we just came up one goal short of being perfect. We had every chance to win it. We just couldn’t get it done.”
If the Kings do win the series, it will be their first playoff series victory since 2001.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire