Series (Game 3 of 4)

Vancouver leads 2-1

Game 1: Saturday, October 19th
Game 2: Thursday, November 14th
Game 3: Saturday, March 29th
Game 4: Sunday, April 6th

Canucks 5

(45-21-1, 103 pts)

Kings 1

(30-37-5, 71 pts)

10:00 PM ET, March 29, 2003

STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, California

1 2 3 T
VAN 1 2 25
LA 1 0 01

H. Sedin (Canucks - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

M. Naslund (Canucks - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Canucks snap 14-game winless streak in L.A.

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Vancouver Canucks finally left Los Angeles with a win.

Henrik Sedin and Markus Naslund scored second-period goals to lead the Canucks to a 5-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night. That snapped Vancouver's 14-game winless streak (0-9-3-1) in Los Angeles, that dated seven seasons to April 6, 1996.

"It was an unusual stretch, for whatever reason we struggled back to playing at the Forum -- way back at the Forum," Vancouver forward Trevor Linden said.

Linden was with the Canucks at the start of Vancouver's drought in Los Angeles. He played for the New York Islanders, Montreal and Washington before returning to Vancouver. In all that time, the streak continued.

"It's one of those things, we hadn't played well here," Linden said.

Part of the difference on this Canucks trip through Los Angeles was Alexander Auld, who made 31 saves to help Vancouver maintain a four-point lead over Colorado in the Northwest Division race. The Avalanche defeated Phoenix 6-1 Saturday.

"We've kind of been somewhat fortunate the last couple of nights that we've known what we've had to do in the games," Vancouver coach Marc Crawford said. "We knew that Detroit won today, we knew that Colorado had won. I think that's part of what's motivating guys right now."

The Canucks scored two goals on just four shots in the second period, breaking open a 1-1 game. Alexander Frolov scored for the Kings, and Matt Cooke had Vancouver's goal in the first period.

"They may not have been as sharp tonight as they wanted to be early, but they found a way to get the goals and we didn't," Kings coach Andy Murray said.

The Kings were 1-6 on the power play in the loss and are 4-39 with a man advantage since defenseman Mathieu Schneider, the quarterback of the power play, was traded to Detroit on March 11.

With Canucks forward Trevor Letowski serving a four-minute penalty for high-sticking, Daniel Sedin took the puck from Kings defenseman Lubomir Visnovksy behind the net and set up a short-handed goal by brother Henrik 6:30 into the second to make it 2-1.

"That was the difference for us," Linden said. "Our penalty killing was the difference for us winning."

"We have been working a lot on the PK," Henrik Sedin said. "It was fun to score."

Naslund then broke into the Kings zone and swept a backhand shot past Kings goalie Jamie Storr for his 46th goal, tying him with teammate Todd Bertuzzi for the NHL lead and giving the Canucks a 3-1 advantage at 11:22.

"It's pretty obvious why teams like that are in the position they are in and why we are in the position we are in," Kings defenseman Aaron Miller said. "They're firing on all cylinders, everything is clicking, and things are easy. We're working hard but not working smart."

Linden and Daniel Sedin added power-play goals in the third period.

Game notes
Carl Jund, the father of former Kings media relations assistant Michael Jund, sang both the Canadian and American national anthems before the game. Michael Jund died on May 31, 1998, of a heart condition. He was 22. Carl Jund sings the national anthem at a Kings game each season in honor of his son.

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