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Video: Kings victorious against Canucks in testy affair

Jan 14, 2014, 1:32 AM EDT

The Vancouver Canucks may feel like they proved to the National Hockey League that they won’t be pushed around. But they still lost, missing out on two points against a divisional opponent.

The Canucks lost 1-0 to the L.A. Kings on Monday, in a testy, chippy, sometimes dirty meeting – as someone wise seemed to predict earlier in the day when setting up this match-up – of two Pacific Division rivals that have clearly grown to dislike each other.

The two teams combined for 109 penalty minutes, including a pair of fights, plenty of rough stuff during play and after whistles, too.

And then there were the missed calls, like Dale Weise‘s blatant slew foot on Kings’ defenseman Drew Doughty in the neutral zone during the second period. It went undetected by officials. Doughty was slow to get up but remained in the game.

Dustin Brown, the central focus of the Canucks’ hostilities for a collision between him and Vancouver’s No. 1 puck stopper Roberto Luongo nine days ago, fought his U.S. Olympic teammate Ryan Kesler at the drop of the puck in the second period.

Brown scored the lone goal of tonight’s game, 24 seconds into the third period.

Tom Sestito, who had been promoted to Vancouver’s third line as he worked to improve his game over the course of the season, was ejected less than three minutes into the first period, after just one second of ice time.

The angst began immediately as soon as the puck was dropped, when Canucks’ forward Zack Kassian began jousting with Brown, eventually taking a penalty for hooking the Kings’ captain to the ice.

  1. canada2014gold - Jan 14, 2014 at 1:54 AM

    Moral win for the Canucks. They actually stand up for themselfs. That game was 6 years coming. Brown is a coward and Nolan just turtled, embarrassing.

    • cybernetikghost - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:12 AM

      How many points does a moral win get you?

    • 22lakings22 - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:47 AM

      With all the cheap shots & bad penalties on both sides, there was nothing moral about it. Getting kicked out of the game does not equate to standing up for yourself. I get that all of Canada is pissed about Luongo getting hurt, but it was the Canuck’s own defense who pushed Brown into Luongo during the last matchup. As for your lame name calling attempt, there were a lot of cowards & embarrassing players out there tonight. I’m just glad that I was able to watch almost 20 minutes of somewhat decent hockey tonight instead a full 60 of that circus.

    • imleftcoast - Jan 14, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      “The angst began immediately as soon as the puck was dropped, when Canucks’ forward Zack Kassian began jousting with Brown, eventually taking a penalty for hooking the Kings’ captain to the ice.”

      Not true – angst began when Nolan ran Henrik 5 seconds after he got rid of the puck. If the refs called that, would have been a different game. It’s a primer on losing control of a game.

  2. cybernetikghost - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:13 AM

    I imagine it must be incredibly irritating that Brown scored the lone goal for the night, while having the biggest target on his back.

    • shaundre93 - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:51 AM

      That’s what makes him a good captain. Add me to the list of people who don’t particularly care for him, but I bet they love him in LA

  3. muckleflugga - Jan 14, 2014 at 5:02 AM


    i agree with most your post…accurate…outside of any understanding all of canada is pissed about luongo’s injury…that would not be entirely true

    outside of canucks’ supporters, it’s all a bit of a bore…the highly likeable mr luongo should be well enough to join his team and team usa in the stands when russia and sweden play for gold in sochi…no sireeee, roberto’s good to go…for bronze

    anyone who plays…knows…brown’s flying leg swing after the shove was product of a deliberate effort at twisting through the fall…with intent to exploit the foul and harm luongo…as much as you can harm anyone wearing enough armour to survive a mortar blast at close quarters that is…

    canucks should have dealt with the matter then and there, instead of getting all brave nine days later…philadelphia or boston…instant carnage gonna get you, gonna knock you right on the head

    the leg made no head contact, but did tip luongo onto his own hind legs…not a likely occurrence had he not been in his standard butterfly

    had brown done the same to billy smith, flowers on dustin’s grave would just be starting to wither about now…

    nothing fixes goal-crashing like a bit of a pig-sticking

  4. joey4id - Jan 14, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Kings showed they are the smarter team of the two. Brown showed why he is the captain and leader of that team. He knew from the outset that if he’s going to fight he will make sure it will be against the other team’s top player. Brilliant!

    There was no reason for Nolan to have to fight the high scoring Sestito, and again demonstrated brains over brawn.

    Canucks are a much better team than they were at the outset of the season.

  5. slysipops - Jan 14, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    OLD TIME HOCKEY ? ……………………..

  6. canada2014gold - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Def moral win, bottom line is the kings won’t be pushing the canucks around in the playoffs. Kings have too many guys that like to run players with cheap shots then turtle. If you throw a late hit on a star player then you should be prepared to back it up. Kings fans know nothing about hockey which is why it’s pointless to argue with them. Mostly Americans fans who will never understand what hockey is about or how it’s played.

  7. canada2014gold - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Luongos own teammate lol Brown pulled his usual coward stunt and just jumped on the goalie after being nudged. It’s his classic move, him and quick take acting lessons together.

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