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.
Game No. 1️⃣1️⃣1️⃣2️⃣— LA Kings (@LAKings) March 28, 2019
The stalls are set for tonight’s matchup 🙌 #GoKingsGo pic.twitter.com/Jt5OaEZ4jv
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.
Quick sprays Schenn with some water after Vancouver's second goal#LAKvsVAN #Canucks #GoKingsGo #LAKings pic.twitter.com/JpvzSdVuTX— Eric (@Kingsgifs) March 29, 2019
Kings 2. Canucks 2.
Quickie begin Quickie in Overtime:
Note to self: Remember to stretch before work.#GoKingsGo pic.twitter.com/4FZ4VflN7i— LA Kings (@LAKings) March 29, 2019
ICYMI...My @JFTC_Kings feature on #DustinBrown and why he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame for the Great Leaders. https://t.co/gTVtpneiiS— Michael Lloyd (@MarketingVIP) March 28, 2019
The Los Angeles chapter of the PHWA selected goaltender Jack Campbell as the #LAKings nominee for this years’ Bill Masterton Trophy. https://t.co/pFl6SJfMnz— Jewels from the Crown 💎👑 (@JFTC_Kings) March 28, 2019
A piece of LA Kings history 😍#GoKingsGo pic.twitter.com/TPlJRQpZoj— LA Kings (@LAKings) March 28, 2019
6⃣0⃣0⃣ games and counting for @JonathanQuick32, who becomes the 51st NHL netminder to reach the mark with last night's start for the @LAKings. Congrats, Jon! pic.twitter.com/eOMLbH3t0N— NHLPA (@NHLPA) March 29, 2019
“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