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Kings' win streak has sloppy ending

Quick takes the blame, but he's not alone as Canucks seize momentum late in the second period.

March 02, 2013|By Lisa Dillman

VANCOUVER, CanadaGoals off the rush, an overwhelmed defense and a less-than-stellar goaltending performance all combined to end the Kings' five-game winning streak.

It wasn't pretty.

Vancouver defeated the Kings, 5-2, on Saturday night at Rogers Arena, handing them their first loss since Feb. 17 at Chicago.

Kings goalie Jonathan Quick took the blame. The Canucks scored four of the final five goals of the game, including the last three. Their last goal came via an empty-netter after Quick had been pulled for an extra attacker.

"I didn't play well," Quick said. "You've just gotta turn it around and put it the past and get ready for the next one. It wasn't [lack] of focus or anything. I just didn't stop the puck. I just didn't make enough saves for my team to give them a chance to win."

Still, there were many other culprits. Four Kings were a minus-three: defensemen Rob Scuderi and Slava Voynov and forwards Mike Richards and Jeff Carter.

The Canucks seized control of the game when they scored three goals in the second period. At one point, they had two goals in a four-shot stretch.

What undid the Kings was a sloppy sequence late in the second period after they had tied it, 2-2, on Jordan Nolan's unassisted effort, at 13:23. The other Kings goal came earlier from Justin Williams, on the power play, at 6:12 of the second.

"I thought we had the momentum going our way after he [Nolan] had that big goal," Kings captain Dustin Brown said. "And they come back and score that goal. That's a big momentum swing.

"We had the momentum going our way and it was a complete 180. We've just got to clean it up. It happened pretty quickly. That's just what happens when you lose focus for a couple of minutes in this league."

What he was talking about unfolded less than two minutes after Nolan's goal. The Sedin twins capitalized on a breakdown and scored on a two-on-one with Henrik Sedin setting up Daniel Sedin for what turned out to be the game-winner, making it 3-2.

The second blast of the 1-2 punch came during a four-on-four when Canucks forward Jannik Hansen made it, 4-2, at 17:52, beating Quick on the glove side.

Etc.

Kings defenseman Alec Martinez, who has been out with an upper-body injury since Feb. 10, accompanied the team and it was a game-time decision to have him miss one more contest. He came off injured reserve earlier in the day and defenseman Andrew Campbell was sent back to the minors in Manchester, N.H.

lisa.dillman@latimes.com

Twitter: @reallisa

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