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VIDEO: Canucks fail in Southern Cali, lose two straight to Los Angeles, Anaheim
The Vancouver Canucks stumbled through Southern California this weekend, allowing 49 shots on consecutive nights to lose two straight, one each to Los Angeles and Anaheim.
On Saturday, the Los Angeles Kings scored three unanswered in the third period, including an empty-netter to seal it shut. On Sunday, the Ducks defended their home ice and won on Corey Perry's overtime goal, which came with 1.3 seconds to go in the extra period.
Ryan Kesler had a powerplay goal in each game – both in the first period and both to open the scoring – and Daniel and Henrik Sedin combined for eight points. Kevin Bieksa had the temporary go-ahead for Vancouver on Sunday, which held until Nick Bonino tied the game with 1:27 remaining in the third period.
The Ducks also got goals from Saku Koivu and Matt Beleskey, who both scored in Sunday's second period to tie the game. The Canucks badly outplayed Anaheim in the first period but, like in their loss to L.A. on Saturday, went on to get outshot 40-7 over the next 40 minutes.
Similarly, Vancouver was outshot 32-15 in the final two periods against the Kings, who pulled ahead for good off goals from Dustin Brown and Jeff Carter, who had two including the game-winner.
Goaltending wasn't the issue for Vancouver, as Roberto Luongo made 46 saves on Saturday and birthday boy Eddie Lack was equally impressive against the Ducks, stopping 45 of 49 in the loss.
The Canucks also lost three players to apparent injury or illness. Luongo and Chris Higgins didn't play on Sunday and Zack Kassian was hurt in Anaheim after taking the foot of Tom Sestito to his face in a freak collision.