VANCOUVER (Reuters) - The Vancouver Canucks feasted on both of the Los Angeles Kings goalies to record a 7-2 win on Friday that put them one game away from winning their Western Conference first round playoff series.
Vancouver took a 2-1 lead at 8:50 in the first period with a goal by Steve Bernier, who knocked in a rebound off the end boards.
Michael Handzus put in an unassisted power play goal on Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo to even it up 1-1 in the period, but the Canucks took charge from that point on.
Alexander Edler restored the lead when he scored on a puck that dribbled through goalie Jonathan Quick's legs.
The Kings pulled Quick in the second period after Vancouver knocked in two more goals. The first a wrap around by Daniel Sedin and the second a slap shot by Mikael Samuelsson from the outside that beat Quick cleanly.
King's backup Erik Ersberg did not fare much better in the third period, as Pavil Demitra deflected a shot past him and Samuelsson got his second of the night on a powerplay, bringing Quick back into the game.
Quick, however, surrender Bernier's second goal of the night to allow his fifth score in 26 efforts. Frederick Modin got the Kings one more goal in the third, but by then the game was all but decided.
(Reporting Allan Dowd; editing by Patrick Johnston)