Sunday, January 5
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jonathan Quick stopped 27 shots in his return from a 24-game injury absence, Jeff Carter scored the tiebreaking goal with 7:55 to play, and the Los Angeles Kings snapped their five-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.
Dustin Brown tied it early in the third period and Carter added an empty-net goal as Los Angeles ended its longest skid in coach Darryl Sutter's tenure with a third-period rally.
Ryan Kesler scored for the Canucks, who lost their third straight despite 46 saves by Roberto Luongo in his own return from a shorter injury absence.
Quick hadn't played since injuring his groin Nov. 12 in Buffalo, returning slowly from a serious strain while Martin Jones and Ben Scrivens performed splendidly in his place.