Nov 10, 2013, 12:54 AM EST
Almost everything that could wrong did in the case of the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday. Conversely, the L.A. Kings solved Roberto Luongo early and often, on their way to a blowout 5-1 victory.
Luongo was pulled in the second period, after allowing four goals on 18 shots. The Kings scored three times in two minutes and 33 seconds to increase their lead from one goal to four, ending Luongo’s night.
“I don’t think he was sharp, but he’s played very well for us,” said Canucks head coach John Tortorella of the decision to pull Luongo.
“But more to my mind, when the fourth one goes in, Eddie hasn’t played, he’s going to play tomorrow and it gave him some time.”
They each had just two shifts in the final 20 minutes of play.
At the other end, Jonathan Quick was spectacular.
The Canucks had several chances in the first period, including a point-blank opportunity for Alex Burrows, but couldn’t beat Quick.
The Canucks finish off their four-game road trip through the Pacific Division on Sunday, when they face the Anaheim Ducks.
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