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Canucks finish Kings on Daniel Sedin's late goal

Canucks finish Kings on Daniel Sedin's late goal
Canucks finish Kings on Daniel Sedin's late goal

Of all the breaks that went the Vancouver Canucks' way in the final three games of their playoff series against the Los Angeles Kings, none was bigger than a fortuitous crack in Mikael Samuelsson's stick.
When Samuelsson's lumber snapped on a shot that sent the puck trickling meekly toward the net, Daniel Sedin was in perfect position to pounce. His late goal sent the Canucks into the second round on a wave of confidence in their talented twins' top line, which is making its own good luck.
Sedin scored the tiebreaker with 2:03 to play, and the Canucks rallied from another third-period deficit to finish off Los Angeles with a 4-2 victory in Game 6 late Sunday.
Roberto Luongo made 30 saves while carrying third-seeded Vancouver through the Sedin twins' shotless first two periods, and Kevin Bieksa tied it early in the third. Yet the series seemed headed for its third overtime game until Sedin snapped a shot past Jonathan Quick and one-upped his brother, NHL scoring champion Henrik.
"The (puck) came to me, and it wasn't a very hard shot, but it found a way to go in," Daniel Sedin said. "It's one of those things."
Those things are happening more frequently to the Sedins, who haven't reached a Western Conference final during a decade in the NHL. Judging by the confident smiles on the Swedish brothers' red-bearded faces in the Staples Center locker room after combining for 18 points against the Kings, they believe Vancouver is ready to take another step.
"They were our best players tonight, especially late in the third," Vancouver center Ryan Kesler said. "They found a way to get it done, and we needed that from them."
Vancouver headed to the second round for the third time in four seasons _ possibly to meet Chicago for the second straight year _ after three straight wins closed out the Kings.
The Canucks outscored Los Angeles 15-5 and overcame two third-period deficits, with the good times starting shortly after coach Alain Vigneault put Samuelsson on the Sedin twins' line in Game 4.
"To be down (by a goal) going into the third, there are not a whole lot of teams that can battle back there," Henrik Sedin said. "But we came back and played our best period of the series. We got the momentum back and held onto it."
Samuelsson failed to score in Game 6 for the first time in his remarkable series, but still earned two assists _ including that accidental helper on Sedin's decisive goal _ to finish with 11 points.
"The puck just flutters around, and it ends up with a very fortunate bounce," Kings coach Terry Murray said. "If (Samuelsson's shot) gets through, it probably goes over the net. That was not a well-placed shot."

Updated : 2021-10-18 02:48 GMT+08:00