The Canucks went into Staples Center after 3 days off and facing a slumping Kings team. Though our even strength play wasn't much better, our powerplay was still on fire. Ok, maybe that 5 on 3 in the 1st period helped.

If the Kings' gameplan was to take a few early game penalties and shoot themselves in the foot, mission accomplished. Trevor Lewis took a 5 minute elbowing major on Bieksa that sent Bieksa to get stitched up. I don't think the refs got the call quite right, but I'll roll with that. Then Doughty took a few too many liberties on Kesler's back until he ended up with a cross-checking penalty.

Salo rockets a goal past quick to open the scoring, then Andrew Ebbett who for some inexplicable reason is on the powerplay gets his first of the year with a little help from former Canuck Willie Mitchell.


Dale Weise hugs it out with Kyle Clifford which seemed like a waste of time other than we got to see Weise's new haircut.

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Then the unbelievable happens, Aaron Rome scores in back-to-back games. Canucks up 3-0 after the 1st. The Canucks lead the shots on goal at 12-3 after the 1st

The second period was another exchange of penalties between the two teams. Doughty fires a rocket to make it 3-1.


Really nice goal but that moustache is horrid.

A 2nd Rome goal is waived off because of some alleged goaltender interference by Hansen.

Since the Kings like to play 20 minute games, the Kings came back with pressure in the 3rd. Rome has a bad hit on Mike Richards' knee. As expected, Richards is pissed.


Richards tips in a Kopitar shot to make it 3-2. And he has a less creepy moustache than Doughty. Lots of pressure from the Kings in the last minute of play, but can't get it past Luongo.

In one game, Aaron Rome scored a goal, looked like he was was superhuman, scored another one and then had it waived off, then looked like normal Rome.