Canucks finish off Kings

Roberto Luongo makes 30 saves in the Canucks’ clinching victory over the Kings in a West quarterfinal.

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Roberto Luongo makes 30 saves in the Canucks’ clinching victory over the Kings in a West quarterfinal.

LOS ANGELES — Daniel Sedin scored the tiebreaking goal with 2:03 to play as the Canucks rallied from a third-period deficit to beat the Kings 4-2 in Sunday's Game 6 and win the West quarterfinal.

Vancouver's next opponent has not been determined because the NHL reseeds after the first round.

Kevin Bieksa tied it at 2 early in the third. Then Sedin skated in to collect a loose puck and snapped a shot over Jonathan Quick. Alex Burrows' empty-netter sealed Los Angeles' first playoff series since 2002.

Vancouver roared into the second round after trailing in the third period of Game 4 while Los Angeles had a 2-1 series lead. It dominated the series' next 80 minutes, scoring four goals to win Game 4 in Los Angeles then routing Los Angeles 7-2 in Friday's Game 5 at home.

In all, the Canucks outscored the Kings 15-5 over the series' final seven periods.

Canucks 0 1 3 4
Kings 1 1 0 2
Canucks win series 4-2

First Period1, Los Angeles, Frolov 1 (Richardson), 10:08. PenaltiesBrown, LA (hooking), 3:01; Kopitar, LA (hooking), 6:11; Edler, Van (interference), 7:38; Samuelsson, Van (goaltender interference), 14:20.

Second Period2, Vancouver, S.Bernier 4 (Edler), 8:38 (pp). 3, Los Angeles, Doughty 3 (Kopitar, J.Johnson), 15:57. PenaltiesBieksa, Van (hooking), 2:32; Brown, LA (interference), 8:29; D.Sedin, Van (tripping), 13:54.

Third Period4, Vancouver, Bieksa 1 (D.Sedin, Samuelsson), 1:57. 5, Vancouver, D.Sedin 4 (Samuelsson, H.Sedin), 17:57. 6, Vancouver, Burrows 1, 18:53 (en). PenaltiesBieksa, Van (slashing), 5:36. Shots on GoalVancouver 5-6-11—22. Los Angeles 16-10-6—32. Power-play opportunitiesVancouver 1 of 3; Los Angeles 0 of 5. GoaliesVancouver, Luongo 4-2-0 (32 shots-30 saves). Los Angeles, Quick 2-4-0 (21-18). A18,287 (18,118).

Phoenix forces Game 7

DETROIT — The Coyotes scored their first three goals on special teams to beat the Red Wings 5-2 and force a Game 7.

Phoenix, which played its third full game without leading scorer Shane Doan because of a right shoulder injury, was called for three penalties in the first 4:42. But Detroit allowed Lauri Korpikoski's short-handed goal then failed to score on a five-on-three of 1:09.

Mathieu Schneider ended the Coyotes' 0-for-19 power-play skid in the second to make it 2-0. And Radim Vrbata made it 3-1 with a power-play goal. In all, Phoenix scored three power-play goals.

"They won the special teams battle," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "That sucked the life out of our team."

Coyotes 1 3 1 5
Red Wings 0 1 1 2
Series tied at 3
Coyotes 1 3 1 5
Red Wings 0 1 1 2
Series tied at 3

First Period1, Phoenix, Korpikoski 1, 4:10 (sh). PenaltiesPrucha, Pho (hooking), 1:52; Jovanovski, Pho (cross-checking), 3:51; Morris, Pho (hooking), 4:42.

Second Period2, Phoenix, Schneider 1 (Stempniak, Pyatt), 2:27 (pp). 3, Detroit, Stuart 1 (Datsyuk, Franzen), 2:51. 4, Phoenix, Vrbata 2 (Lang, Yandle), 10:09 (pp). 5, Phoenix, Wolski 4 (Prucha, Michalek), 14:01. PenaltiesHolmstrom, Det (cross-checking), 1:38; Abdelkader, Det (high-sticking), 4:36; Draper, Det (interference), 9:02; Lilja, Det (interference), 15:52.

Third Period6, Phoenix, Pyatt 1 (Yandle, Morris), 5:25 (pp). 7, Detroit, Helm 1 (Kronwall), 16:29. PenaltiesZetterberg, Det (tripping), 3:35; Morris, Pho, served by Prucha, minor-major (roughing, fighting), 7:27; Abdelkader, Det, major (fighting), 7:27; Vrbata, Pho (delay of game), 11:12; Yandle, Pho (roughing), 14:14; Abdelkader, Det, double minor-misconduct (roughing), 14:14. Shots on GoalPhoenix 6-15-8—29. Detroit 14-12-7—33. Power-play opportunitiesPhoenix 3 of 6; Detroit 0 of 5. GoaliesPhoenix, Bryzgalov 3-3-0 (33 shots-31 saves). Detroit, Howard 3-3-0 (29-24). A20,066 (20,066).

Hossa not suspended

TORONTO — Chicago wing Marian Hossa won't sit out two days after earning a five-minute boarding penalty against Predators defenseman Dan Hamhuis.

Predators coach Barry Trotz compared the hit with one delivered in March by the Capitals' Alex Ovechkin that broke Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell's collarbone and drew a two-game suspension.

The league said Hossa, who was not ejected then scored the overtime winner, was spared partly because it was his first incident. It was Ovechkin's third ejection and second suspension of the season.

Hamhuis said he's sore but expects to play.

Bruins: Marc Savard, one of the team's top playmakers, practiced for the first time since sustaining a concussion on March 7 but said he doubts he will return for tonight's Game 6 against the Sabres. The center, who had 10 goals and 21 assists in 41 regular-season games, had skated on his own several times since absorbing a blindside hit to the head from the Penguins' Matt Cooke. Savard hasn't been medically cleared to play in a game but is scheduled for a neuro-psych test today.

Sabres: Coach Lindy Ruff has left the decision with left wing Thomas Vanek to determine if his sore left ankle will be strong enough to play tonight: "If he knocks on my door and says, 'I'm ready,' he's playing." The team's leading scorer during the regular season with 28 goals and 25 assists hasn't played since the first period of Game 2. Speaking before his coach talked, Vanek said, "I feel like I can go, but you've got to be smart and realistic about it."

Canucks finish off Kings 04/25/10 [Last modified: Monday, April 26, 2010 1:29am]

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