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Los Angeles Kings @ Vancouver Canucks Game 77 Recap: 1,112, King of Kings, Dustin Brown

Kings lose 3-2 in the shootout, but all that matters tonight is who is the King of Kings.

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152-Word Recap

Tanner Pearson got his revenge, but tonight it was all about Dustin Brown. The first captain to raise a Stanley Cup for the Kings passed Dave Taylor as he played his 1,112th game for the Kings.

It seemed only fitting it would come down to Pearson in the shootout, and it did. He emerged from his Kings exile to score in the fourth round of the shootout to lift the Vancouver Canucks over Los Angeles 3-2. It was vintage Jonathan Quick for 65 minutes as he stopped 36 of 38 shots.

Brock Boeser and Alex Edler scored as Vancouver kept their miracle playoff hopes alive (seven points behind Colorado for the second wild-card with four games to play).

Quinn Hughes, selected seventh overall by Vancouver in 2018, earned an assist in his NHL debut. The Kings hope they will be in position to select his brother Jack in the June Entry Draft.

Coach’s Corner: What Willie Desjardins Did Wrong Tonight

Two words: Playing Time.

Again, the interim coach stubbornly refused to give quality time to his young guys—Kurtis MacDermid 12:26, Michael Amadio 8:22, Jonny Brodzinski 8:10, and Austin Wagner 8:07. Meanwhile Willie D. continues to grind the gears of the veterans—Drew Doughty 29:08, Anze Kopitar 25:50, and Dustin Brown 24:57.

The Game 77 Highlights

(if you want Canucks highlights, go to their recap)

Kings 1. Canucks 0.
Austin Wagner with the opportunistic goal...just imagine if he played more that 8:07!

Canucks 2. Kings 1.

Kings 2. Canucks 2.

Quickie begin Quickie in Overtime:

Tributes

Quotables

Next: The Kings host the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday at Staples Center.

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