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:
“My goal now is to leave the LA Kings in a better place than when I first got here.” – Dustin Brown's final thoughts following his record-breaking 1,112th game with the franchise pic.twitter.com/dV1rkHlbal— LA Kings (@LAKings) March 29, 2019
"It was a lot of fun playing there and I'll always cherish it." Tanner Pearson talks about the emotions of facing his former team tonight. pic.twitter.com/6AMkgJKVl6— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) March 28, 2019
Next: The Kings host the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday at Staples Center.
Games Until the Kings are Eligible for a New Head Coach: 5