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

3/30/2003

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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