'It was the wrong call': Canucks lose to Kings in overtime on power-pl
The Vancouver Canucks couldn’t beat the trend — or the Los Angeles Kings — and are heading to Hollywood tied 1-1 in their opening-round Stanley Cup playoff series.
All seven series that have reached the two-game pole are even at 1-1. Every team that won its opener lost the next time out, and the Canucks were no exception Saturday night.
Coach Alain Vigneault’s skaters fell 3-2 to the Kings in overtime despite leading by two goals midway through the opening period.
They lost it on the penalty kill, a sore point all season long, as Anze Kopitar netted the winner at the 7:28 mark of the first overtime session. Kyle Wellwood was serving a bench minor for too many men on the ice, a call that didn’t sit well with the Canucks’ coach.
“It was the wrong call,” Vigneault stated. “You’re allowed five feet and the rule is the player coming on the ice cannot play the puck. Yeah, the puck touched one of our players … it touched Kevin Bieksa trying to get off the ice because he was cut. We’ve got two referees with red stripes on their sweaters and they should make the call if they think it’s a penalty, not the linesman. It’s unfortunate, but that’s the way it is.”
The series now shifts to the Staples Center for Games 3 and 4 Monday and Wednesday.
L.A. went 2-for-6 on its power play and has now torched Vigneault’s inept penalty killing four times in nine tries. The Canucks went 1-for-3 Saturday. The only reason the series is tied 1-1 is Vancouver’s penchant for taking bad penalties, with Andrew Alberts being the chief culprit.
Alberts , who cost the Canucks a third-round entry draft pick at the trade deadline, took three more minors Saturday. He has likely played his way out of Vigneault’s lineup.
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