Jonathan Quick kept his team in the game with a number of big stops against the Canucks, but couldn’t do it all for Los Angeles on Monday as he watched his teammates struggle in the opposite end of the rink.
The Hat Trick
Malhotra on the Mark
Manny Malhotra opened the scoring for the Canucks only three minutes into the first period on Monday, ripping a wrist shot over the shoulder of Jonathan Quick after picking up a pass from linemate Maxim Lapierre.
Vancouver’s fourth line had a solid game against the Kings, working the cycle deep in the LA zone on a number of occasions to keep LA’s top scorers under wraps.
Luongo Locks it Down
Roberto Luongo earned his fourth shutout of the season on Monday, stopping all 38 shots launched on net by Los Angeles as the frustrated nobles paced around the Canucks crease. Kyle Clifford’s snow-job of Luongo midway through the second period failed to take the French Canadian off his game, earning a two minute penalty and increasing the confidence of Vancouver’s #1.
Luongo was comfortable all night under the watchful eye of the TSN cameras, telling Gord Miller before the game that “he was feeling it” heading into the night’s action.
Manny Malhotra celebrated his seventh goal of the season with an extra bit of emotion on Monday, excited to show thanks to team doctors and personnel invited to Rogers Arena that night. Former Canuck and Sportsnet analyst Gary Valk tweeted Monday night that Malhotra had rented a suite and invited a team of doctors and staff to the game against the Kings as a way to thank them for one strong year on the road to recovery.
Medical staff can take credit for the Canucks’ win on Monday; thanks to their help Malhotra remains an effective player in today’s NHL, which was less than a certainty just a year ago.
The Canucks played another tight-checking playoff style game against the Kings on Monday, limiting chances and makes the most of their own opportunities in the win. Roberto Luongo was in playoff form and both of Vancouver’s checking lines did a good job keeping the Kings hemmed in their own zone, earning Monday’s lone goal of the game.
“It’s always nice to score, but it’s even more fun to win and we did it in the right way tonight.” Manny Malhotra was jacked up over his big game against the Kings Monday.
1st. Roberto Luongo - SAVE PCTG: 1.000
2nd. Jonathan Quick - SAVE PCTG: 0.960
3rd. Manny Malhotra - GOALS: 1| PTS: 1| ASST: 0 SOG: 2| PLUS/MINUS: 1
Vancouver 1, Los Angeles 0
When: 10:00 PM ET, Monday, March 26, 2012
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Referees: Chris Lee, Frederic L’Ecuyer
Linesmen: Mark Shewchyk, Brad Lazarowich