Canucks Beat Kings In 3-1 Squeaker

Vancouver Canucks can cross every Western Conference team off their list.

After starting the year with a pair of losses to the Los Angeles Kings in their first four games, the Canucks responded with an inspired effort Saturday afternoon in Hollywood beating the Kings 3-1; Vancouver has now earned at least two points against every team in the West this season for the third consecutive year and fourth time in five years.

Unlike the previous two Canucks games, dismal outings to say the least, Vancouver was in this contest from puck drop wanting to begin a five-game road trip in style. Despite giving up the game’s first goal, the Canucks answered back midway through the first to even the score and put the Kings on notice: they were in for war.

“We played an emotional series against them last year in the playoffs and they had beaten us twice this year, so we wanted to come out and show them that we’re a team to be reckoned with and we’re not going to be pushed around either,” said Jannik Hansen, who opened the scoring for the Canucks and led the charge with three hits to give him 132 this season.

Following a quiet second period, one that reflected how most expected the first to play out with this being a 1 p.m. (PST) afternoon game, the Canucks, playing as desperate as the playoff-hungry Kings, continued to push.

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